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APM Project Management Training (APMP) based on the 6th Edition of the Body of Knowlege

APMP training from APM Accredited Provider

What is the APMP?

The APMP qualification from the Association for Project Management (APM) provides a solid foundation for any professional project manager. Based on the APM Body of Knowledge it gives you the knowledge and understanding required to effectively manage projects.

Benefits of taking the APMP?

Not only will the APMP make you a more complete project manager but research by recruitment consultants Arras People shows that project managers with an APMP qualification earn significantly more than average.

Advantages of the Parallel Learning System

Using our flexible learning system you can prepare for this APMP course in many ways; you have the ability to prepare for the course in your own way, anytime, anywhere. This blended learning approach significantly increases your chances of passing the APMP Exam. This full five day APMP training course includes a fantastic pre-course learning package with the following five main components:

  • High quality APMP exam study guide written by Parallel Project Training and published by The Association for Project Management. This is the definitive textbook 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 helpful, free templates for your use. This study guide is delivered once you book the course so that you can start your preparation in advance.
  • Seven 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 media player again integrated with the study guide, covering all the hot topics for the APMP Exam
  • On-line interactive APMP Study Group from your learning cohort, via our tutor moderated forum.
  • 5-day project management training course including the APMP exam. The course is led by a fully qualified tutor with real project management experience.
APMP Study Guide

What is the format of the APMP Exam?

The APMP exam is based on 10 written questions selected from a paper of 16 questions. These questions are completed under exam conditions within three hours.

APMP Course Learning Objectives

By the end of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of project management to your project.
  • Explain the benefits of project management to your organisation
  • Confidently sit the APM Professional exam with a clear understanding of what is required to pass.
Just wanted to let you know what a pleasure it has been training with your organisation. I read the book, listened to the pod casts and the e-learning as well as last week with John and the whole experience has been a great balance of learning and preparing for the exam." Jigna, British Safety Council

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APMP Course Contents

Project management in context

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

During which 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.

APMP examination

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
  • Thorough exam preparation.
  • Three hour written paper invigilated by the APM

People and the profession

To encourage effective and strong leadership:

  • Managing effective communications
  • Building a project team
  • Leading projects to success
  • Dealing with conflict in a positive way
  • Negotiating from conflict to collaboration

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.

Organisation and governance

To ensure the business remains in control of the project including:

  • The APM and British Standard lifecycle models
  • Completing effective project hand over and learning lessons from the project
  • The forms and purpose of project reviews across the lifecycle
  • The nature of different organisation structures and the challenges of working in them
  • Clearly defining roles and responsibilities for the project and business deliverables
  • Understanding the benefits of methods such as Prince2TM
  • The principles of the Governance of Project Management

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.

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

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

Project management techniques

To make sure the project is fully understood and estimated fully including:

  • Understanding the customer’s requirements and how these can be met
  • Estimating cost for completing the project using a number of methods
  • Configuration management to control changes to the design

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

Executing the strategy

Including driving the project forward to a successful conclusion.

  • Clearly defining a clear scope for the project
  • Defining a robust baseline schedule
  • Panning and managing key resources
  • Budgeting and cost management
  • Controlling change to the project
  • Tracking costs and progress with earned value management
  • Managing project information and reporting
  • Managing and escalating project issues

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

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

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