The APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management (APM IC) is the essential introduction to project management from the Association for Project Management. It is designed for new project managers or project team members who want to understand the the fundamentals of project management. It is based on the Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge. The Association for Project Management is the UK professional body for project management with over 14,000 individual and 400 corporate members.
Benefits of taking the APM Introductory Certificate?
This two day project management course covers the essential elements of project management as defined by the APM Introductory Certificate syllabus. It will help you become familiar with the processes, tools and techniques of project management; it will equip you to make a more effective contribution to the delivery of successful project in your organization. This course is ideal for those who are new the environment of project management and want to develop a better understanding of project management processes, behaviours, tools and techniques.
What is the format of the APM Introductory Certificate Exam?
The introductory certificate exam is based on 60 multiple choice questions with a 60% pass mark. These questions are completed under exam conditions within an hour.
Course Learning Objectives
By the end of this course delegates will be able to:
Describe a projects context and the relationship of this to the way in which the project is managed
Write usable project documentation including business cases and project plans.
Describe the key components of a team and how a project manager might seek to manage them
Carry out a work breakdown of a project as a first component of planning and produce a project plan
Carry out a risk analysis of a project and describe ways in which projects can be monitored and controlled
Carry out a stakeholder analysis and describe ways in which they can be managed
Have sufficient knowledge to sit the APM Introductory Certificate exam
What is included in this course:
This course includes a fantastic pre-course and post course support package including
To ensure the business remains in control of the project including:
Completing effective project hand over and learning lessons from the project
Clearly defining roles and responsibilities for the project and business deliverables
Business and commercial
To ensure the business case is robust and the supply chain is delivering value by including:
The purpose, role and ownership of the business case
Working with suppliers through the procurement cycle
Project management techniques
To make sure the project is fully understood and estimated fully including:
Estimating cost for completing the project using a number of methods
Configuration management to control changes to the design
Executing the strategy
Including driving the project forward to a successful conclusion.
Defining and managing the delivery of benefits and achieving success criteria
Understanding how to analyse and manage stakeholders
Producing a project management plan
Carrying out project risk analysis
Defining and managing quality
Defining project scope and ways of understanding it including WBS, PBS.
Producing a viable plan
Planning and managing key resources
Controlling change to the project
Managing project information and reporting
Managing and escalating project issues
Planning and strategy
Including being clear how success will be measured from the outset, the influence of stakeholders on requirements, how that can (or cannot) be managed. Also in this section:
Preparing the project management plan
Understanding and managing risk
Planning, assuring and controlling quality
Managing health and safety
Project management in context
During this section of the course, we differentiate projects from non-projects, explore programme and portfolio management, the influence of the business and political context on project success, the critical role of the sponsor in project success and support that can be provided by a project office.
A great introduction to the processes of project management
The course led by Adrian Taggart very informative, engaging and useful. While the notes provided gave useful backup his approach of taking each topic and carefully explaining with the aid of charts and group activities gave the subject matter more depth and applicability to our own individual situations.