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APM Introductory Certificate APM Introductory Certificate

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What is the APM Introductory Certificate?

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
  1. Official APM Introductory study guide Starting Out in Project Management
  2. Interactive APM Introductory study group with pre-course video, sample questions and on-line tutor support
  3. Two days of highly interactive training with an experienced project management consultant full of practical hints and tips to help you start you projects effectively
  4. APM Introductory Certificate exam at the end of the course
  5. On-going support via our on-line community of project managers and consultants.
  6. Online mock exam (click here to try now).

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APM Introductory Certificate course contents

People and the profession

To encourage effective and strong leadership.
  • Managing effective communications
  • Building a project team
  • Leading projects to success

Initially Microsoft Project can be a confusing application. In this section we will set you off on the right path by introducing the structure of the screen and how project templates can be used to quick start new projects. Activities covered in this topic include:

  • Understanding the layout of the Microsoft Project Screen.
  • Creating a new project.
  • Using project templates.
  • Entering project information.
  • Setting up working with time and calendars.
  • Saving a baseline plan

Organisation and governance

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

One of the first steps in many projects is to define the tasks to be completed. Capturing the full scope of the project at this stage is critical to success. In this topic you will learn how to enter tasks into Microsoft Project and the different properties that are used to determine the task duration. Activities in this topic include:

  • Entering tasks and setting properties.
  • Working with task durations.
  • Creating Milestones.
  • Copying and moving tasks.
  • Entering recurring tasks
  • Task Information and task notes
  • Linking and unlinking tasks
  • Splitting tasks
  • Different task types
  • Setting deadlines and constraints
  • Applying task calendars

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

Many projects are constrained by resources. Planning the work within the available resource pool is critical to the success of many projects. Without understanding the resource requirements then it can be very difficult to predict when a project will be completed and the overall cost. Activities in this topic include:

  • Creating a resource sheet and associated cost rates.
  • Entering resource availability for each resource type.
  • Grouping resources into families. 
  • Resource schedules and assignment. 
  • Assigning work and material resources to tasks.
  • Entering costs into the project.

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

Having developed a plan then the analysis and presentation of the date needs to be tailored to meet the needs of different project stakeholders. In this section we learn how to analyse the project data using different views and perspectives, identifying pinch points and resource constraint then need to be removed or reduced to produce the most effective and timely schedule. In this topic we cover the following activities:

  • Using the common views.
  • Using split views to see different views of the project on one screen.
  • Using tables to show data.
  • Sorting information.
  • Using filters.
  • The showing the critical path.
  • Printing different views to meet stakeholder needs.

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

A common saying in project management is “plan the work – work the plan”. In this topic we examine the support within Microsoft Project for working the plan. This includes keeping track of progress and costs, identifying variances and the causes of delay within the project schedule. Activities in this topic include:

  • Updating Tasks, Resources & Costs
  • Checking duration, cost & work variance
  • Project statistics
  • Identifying and fixing project trouble spots

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

Often different stakeholders have different reporting requirements. In this topic you will learn how to use the reporting facilities within Microsoft Project to create reports to meet the needs of different stakeholders. The activities in this topic include:

  • Choosing a report
  • Using report details
  • Defining report contents
  • Sorting a report
  • Adding page elements to reports
  • Saving a project as a web page

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.

Many project managers work as part of a programme or portfolio containing several projects. Microsoft Project has useful tool to help plan and manage project in a multi-project environment. In this session we explore how Microsoft Project can be used to combine multiple projects into one consolidated plan and how these can be linked to a single resource pool. In this topic we cover the following activities:

  • Consolidating projects
  • Creating linked projects
  • Sharing resources with resource pools
  • Viewing multiple project critical paths
  • Saving a workspace
  • Saving consolidated project baselines

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APM Introductory Certificate 2012-11-22 11:58:23 Beccy Reese
Reviewed by Beccy Reese    November 22, 2012
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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.

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