6 Week Virtual APM PMQ Programme
6 Week Virtual APM PMQ Programme Course Dates
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6 Week Virtual APM PMQ Programme
This 6 to 8 week virtual learning programme provides a flexible way to study for the APM PMQ qualification without taking too much time out of the office. It also gives you the time to really understand the course material and prepare for the exam. With a 95% pass rate this structured programme consists of
- Five weekly webinars.
- Four sets of homework marked by the course tutor.
- A mock exam (5 from 8 questions) which is also marked by the course tutor.
- An online exam prep session after the mock exam.
- A face-to-face exam prep and exam day with your tutor.
- The exam fees.
- The Parallel Distance Learning Package including the official APM PMQ study guide (written by Parallel in partnership with the APM), e-Learning, Podcasts and an online study group.
What is The APM Project Management Qualification (APM PMQ)?
The APM Project Management Qualification (APM PMQ) was formerly known as the APMP and 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.
The content of the APM Project Management Qualification is the same as the old APMP Qualification and 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 APM PMQ exam (formerly APMP) with a clear understanding of what is required to pass.
- Explain the benefits of project management to you and your organisation.
Watch this video to learn why Parallel clients such as The National Trust and Network Rail use APM PMQ to develop their project managers.
What Is Included In The Course?
Online Study Group
Parallel Project Training is ‘with you all the way’. As a delegate on our virtual APM PMQ programme you have a unique opportunity to utilise a number of new and innovative approaches to learning. This is a multifaceted, engaging and popular learning event that will, stay with you throughout your learning experience and beyond. This flexible approach means that you can prepare for the course in you own way, guided by they tutor.
What Pre-work Is Expected Before The Course?
This virtual programme requires minimal pre-work. In total during the 6-8 week programme you can expect to spend 40-60 hours working through the materials. Each week we will have a clear plan of what will be covered and the topics will be consolidated by weekly homework. If you are unsure if you are ready for the APMP we recommend you take this APM PMQ initial assessment. If you don't get 60% of the questions right we would recommend you take the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) instead of the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).
Parallel Learning System
What Is The Course Like?
Course Introduction - 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 projects 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.
Project Lifecycles - 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 method supports project governance. We also discuss the advantages of using a standard across the project lifecycle.
Communications - 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.
Scope Management - 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 disadvantages 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.
Risk 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.
Quality Management - 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.
Procurement - 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 contractual relationship and payment types as described in the APM Body of Knowledge.
The final session is tutor lead exam preparation followed by the exam.
Benefits Of Virtual Training
Virtual training provides corporate organisations and individuals many benefits over traditional classroom training. More flexible than traditional teaching methods, virtual training can help delegates fit the courses into their busy work schedule. It is more cost effective because it involves less travel, accommodation and time out of the office. The bite-size week by week sessions suit a larger number of people’s preferred learning styles because they’re not forced to absorb content in large blocks as they would have to on a traditional five day project management course. Parallel delivers a number of global project management training programs using virtual training every year. If you think this is something that might benefit your organisation, please do get in touch and we can explore the possibilities.