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 ObjectivesBy the end of this course delegates will be able to:
What is included in this course:
This course includes a fantastic pre-course and post course support package including
APM Introductory Certificate course contents
People and the profession
To encourage effective and strong leadership.
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:
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:
Business and commercial
To ensure the business case is robust and the supply chain is delivering value by including:
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:
Project management techniques
To make sure the project is fully understood and estimated fully including:
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:
Executing the strategy
Including driving the project forward to a successful conclusion.
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:
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:
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:
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: