The percentage of architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental firms providing mandatory training for project managers is at an all-time high. More than half of firms (52%) currently provide mandatory PM training, a significant increase from just 17% five years ago, according to ZweigWhite's “2003 Project Management Survey of A/E/P & Environmental Consulting Firms.” Firms are equally likely to provide voluntary training — 53% reported this is available to project managers.

ZweigWhite president and CEO Mark Zweig said, "We're seeing more and more companies requiring mandatory PM training, and that can only help make things better. It's pretty interesting to me to see how many firms have come to the awareness that being a capable designer or engineer does not necessarily equip one to be a good project manager. On the other hand, I have seen a lot of that training, and I must say that it often leaves a lot to be desired. There's too much emphasis on budgeting, scheduling, and liability stuff, and not enough on how to have good communications among all parties, the real key to better project management in an A/E or environmental firm."

Additional survey data show that while 67% of firms provide training in client relations to project managers, only a third provide training in leadership and supervision of personnel. Training on budgets is most common--70% of firms reported providing this to project managers.