WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
The APMP project management qualification is designed for those who see project management as a key part of their role. It establishes a solid foundation in project management behaviours, skills, processes and tools. It is ideal for those, with a few years’ experience in project delivery, who are seeking to consolidate a structured approach to project management.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN ON THIS COURSE?
At the end of the course you will be able to:
- Confidently apply the principles of project management to your project including:
- Defining the different roles in a project,
- Describing the difference between a project, programme and portfolio,
- Understanding impact of project context on success,
- Establishing the project lifecycle and its benefits,
- Developing a project business case,
- Preparing a project management plan with the associated baselines,
- Describing the way in which project managers lead and develop teams,
- Describe how to control a project including applying earned value management,
- Explain how to procure external resources,
- Explain how quality can be managed during project delivery.
- Confidently sit the APMP exam with a clear understanding of what is required to pass.
- Explain the benefits of project management to you and your organisation.
- A traditional five day block course with pre-learning and the exam on the Friday afternoon
- A modular programme with the 5-days delivered as a number of separate modules. The most typical is a 2+2+1 day pattern. This modular approach improves learning because people have time to study between the modules and also reduced the impact on the business of taking a group out for 5 days.
- A blended learning programme with four 1-day session spread over the period of 2-3 months. This reduces the time in the classroom, minimises the impact on the business but does require some self-study from the individuals on the course.
- A virtual programme using six sessions of 2-hours over eight weeks. Typically this includes weekly homework and a mock exam. The is ideally suited to international groups and can be complemented by exams organised at British Council offices. However it does require significant self study by the people on the course.
Included in the course is:
- A high quality APMP exam study guide written by Parallel Project Training and published by The Association for Project Management. This is the definitive study guide for the APMP qualification. It explains in simple terms what you need to know to pass the APMP exam using easy to read language, including sample exam questions, and free templates for your use on your project. This study guide is delivered once you book the course so that you can start your preparation in advance.
- APM accredited e-learning modules which integrate seamlessly with the study guide, following the same study structure page by page.
- Multiple MP3 APMP Podcasts to listen to on your smart phone or media player again integrated with the study guide, covering all the hot topics for the APMP Exam.
- An on-line interactive APMP Study Group from your learning cohort, via our tutor moderated forum.
- A 5-day project management training course including the APMP exam. The course is led by a fully qualified tutor with real project management experience.
WHAT TOPICS WILL THE COURSE COVER?
An overview of the course syllabus, assessment criteria and the exam arrangements.
Context and Environments
Projects are not delivered in isolation they need to fit within the overall business, legal and political environment. In this session we explore how projects transform ongoing operations and how project support strategic change as part of a co-ordinated programme or portfolio of projects. In this session, we also examine, relevant legislation that is applicable to projects including health and safety, environmental, employment and contract law.
Organisations and Project Structures
Projects need to work with a wide range of different organisations and cultures. To be effective a project team needs clear roles and responsibilities. In this session we explore the different types of organisation and the key responsibilities of the project manager, sponsor, user and the project office.
In this session we explore the APM project lifecycle and the benefits of adopting a standard lifecycle for a project. This includes the importance of project reviews and benefits of capturing lessons learned from projects.
Organisation and Governance
In this session we explain the principles of project governance and how a project management methods supports project governance. We also discuss the advantages of using a standard across the project lifecycle.
The key to good communications in a project environment is the identification and management of stakeholders. In this session we explore the processes for managing stakeholders, the contents and structure of a communications plan and the factors affecting communications in a project environment.
Conflict and Negotiation
All projects have periods of conflict, resolving these conflicts by negotiations is a critical skill for many project managers. In this session we look at the different approaches to conflict resolution and the stages in the negotiation process.
Leadership and team work
People deliver projects and so in this section we look at how to develop and lead successful project teams. This includes discussions on the leadership qualities of a project manager, the principles of motivation, the impact of leadership on team motivation, the advantages of adopting situational leadership models and the benefits of effective teams and team working.
In this session we will define scope in terms of outputs, outcomes and benefits and explain how to manage scope through requirements management and configuration management. We will also look at the different stages in change control and the relationship between change control and configuration management. Finally in this session we explain the advantages and disadvantage of a change control process.
Planning for Success
Planning projects relies on a clear understanding of the project outcome, business benefit and a structured project management plan. In this session we explore the first stage in planning a project from the business case to the project management plan. We will explain the purpose of a business case, benefits management and describe the authorship and ownership of a business case. We also explore the importance of payback, internal rate of return and net present value for project business cases.
In this session we will also explain project information management and a typical project reporting cycle.
Finally in this session we will discuss the purpose of the project management plan and the authorship and ownership of the project management plan.
Scheduling and resource management
Planning and controlling activities and resources is a vital part of project control. In this session we look at detailed project planning including estimating techniques, the process of creating a schedule, the techniques of depicting a schedule and the advantages and disadvantages of using scheduling software.
In this session we also explore the management of resources including categories and types of resources used by projects and how resources are applied to a scheduling process. This will include differentiating between smoothing and levelling.
Cost is also an important of project control so in this session we will explain budgeting and cost management, including the use of earned value management. Finally we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of earned value management
Every project takes a risk. In this session we look at a proactive risk management process. This includes examining the stages in a risk management process, risk response planning, the benefits of risk management and the difference between risk and issue management. In this section we will also examine the importance of a risk and issue escalation process.
Poor quality management leads to poor customer satisfaction, additional cost and project delay. In this session we look at the elements of project quality management including quality planning, assurance, control and continuous improvement. In particular we look at the practical application of quality management in the project environment.
Most projects involve selecting and working with suppliers. Finding the right supplier and then working with them constructively to complete the project is vital to project success and the quality of the future relationship. In this section we explore the role of a procurements strategy in project delivery and the different forms of contractually relationship and payment types as described in the APM Body of Knowledge.
Exam Prep and Exam
The final session is tutor lead exam preparation followed by the exam.
WHAT IS THE EXAM LIKE?
The APM Project Managers qualification is a three hour written exam and with 10 questions from a paper of 16. The pass mark is 55%. The results are published in 10 to 12 weeks. Parallel has a very high pass rate.