The APM PMQ was formerly known as the APMP and is designed for those who see project management as a key part of their role within their organisation. It is an internationally recognised qualification that establishes a solid foundation in project management behaviours, skills, processes and tools, and is suitable for implementation in any type of industry. It is ideal for those people who have a few years’ experience in delivering projects, who are seeking to consolidate a structured method of project management in their company. It is based on a best-practice approach from the Association for Project Management, which is the chartered body for the project profession.
At the end of the APM PMQ course, you will:
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) 5 Days in 5 Weeks
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APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
|Virtual Classroom Course||Self Paced Learning||Exam Prep and Exam Day|
|Delivery method||5 Days of Virtual Training||1 Day Prep and Exam|
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|Printed learning materials||Study Guide||Study Guide|
|Other learning materials||Podcasts||Podcasts|
|Exam resources||Practice Online Exam Papers||Practice Online Exam Papers||Practice Exam Papers|
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Course Introduction – This provides an overview of the course syllabus, assessment criteria and the exam arrangements.
Situational Context of Projects – Projects are not delivered in isolation; they need to fit within the overall business, legal and political environment, in addition to meeting strategic and commercial goals. In this session, we explore how projects transform ongoing operations and how projects support strategic change as part of a coordinated programme or portfolio of projects. We, also, discuss the impact of a volatile, uncertain, ambiguous and complex world on delivering projects. We will also examine relevant legislation that applies to projects including health and safety, environmental, employment and contract law.
Organisations and Project Structures – Projects need to work within and across a wide range of different organisations, different industries and different 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 project lifecycles and the benefits of adopting a range of lifecycles for a project, including a standard project lifecycle, along with iterative and hybrid approaches. This includes the importance of regular project reviews and the benefits of capturing lessons learned from all projects.
Communications – The key to good communications 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 projects.
Negotiation Skills – All projects have periods of conflict, and 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 Teamwork – 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 in virtual teams.
Scope Management – In this session, we will define scope in terms of outputs, outcomes and benefits and explain how to manage scope through configuration and requirements management for both linear and agile project approaches. We will also look at the different stages in controlling change and the relationship between change and configuration management. Finally, in this session, we explain the advantages and disadvantage of a change control process.
Planning for Successful Outcomes – Planning projects relies on a clear understanding of the project outcome, business benefit and a structured project plan. In this session we explore the first stages in planning a project from the business’s initial case to the project plan. We will explain benefits and describe the authorship and ownership of the business’s case. We also explore the importance of payback, internal rate of return and net present value.
In this session, we will also explain project information management and a typical project reporting cycle, the purpose of the project plan and the authorship and ownership of the project plan. We will look into more detail at the management of stakeholders and the use of stakeholder maps and discuss the links with the communications plan. Finally, a range of estimating techniques will be explained, together with the problems of trying to provide an accurate estimate and the concept of the estimating funnel.
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 explaining techniques such as dependency networks, timeboxing, critical path and critical chain analysis, and the process of creating a schedule.
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 resource smoothing and levelling. Cost is also an essential aspect of project control, so in this session, we will explain budgeting and cost management, and also the use of earned value management.
Risk Management – Every project is 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 management and issue management. In this section, we will also examine the importance of the risk and issue escalation process.
Quality Management – Poor quality leads to poor customer satisfaction, additional cost and project delay. In this session, we look at the elements of managing project quality including quality planning, assurance and control. In particular, we look at the practical application of managing quality in projects.
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 procurement strategyin project delivery and the different forms of contractual relationships and payment types as described in the APM Body of Knowledge.
Exam Prep – The final session is a tutor lead preparation session for the exam followed by the exam itself.
2021 Update for the exam based on the 7th Edition of the Body of Knowledge.
The list and describe questions are no longer used in the BoK7 exam. We have a new course on how to pass the APM Project Management Qualification focused on exam technique. This is ideal for
1. People preparing for the PMQ who just want a quick refresh on the exam technique.
2. People who are re-siting a BoK7 exam and need to improve exam technique
3. People who are converting from BoK6 to BoK7 exams.
The course only costs £50 plus VAT and is available for instant access.
This is a three-hour exam and with 10 questions from a choice of 16. The mark required to pass is 55%. The results are published in 10 to 12 weeks.
The examination is sat using an Online Proctoring service, provided by the APM. To sit the exam, you will need a PC/Laptop, Microphone, Webcam, a smart phone and a stable internet connection.
We are also able to arrange classroom exams for corporate groups, so please contact us for more details of this.
The course ran in a relaxed and considered environment. Good mixture of characters and professions. Excellent venue. Topics covered at good pace. Instructor Adrian showed excellent depth in his knowledge with easy to understand practice examples. I will personally recommend course, venue and instructor.
Karl Wellburn – Project Engineer, Section Engineer at Doosan Babcock
For the e-learning course, Parallel worked in partnership with the APM to write the official study guide for this qualification. Our e-learning course is presented by the authors of the study guide (John Bolton and Paul Naybour). As with our APM PMQ classroom course, we include a wide range of learning materials, providing with you with a flexible approach to your study. You can study in print, on-line, or as you travel in the car or the train.
Once you have completed the course, listened to all of the podcasts and feel confident to take the exam, you need to purchase and register on one of our Preparation and Exam days. These exam days can be sat in person in a classroom environment, or online via an online proctor. The exam format will be the same for both exam formats, and the marking scheme is also unchanged.
As part of the preparation day you will work closely with a tutor (either through an online webinar or face-to-face in a classroom where possible and appropriate) to practice exam technique, some typical questions and timing of answers. You will also have the opportunity to work through topics with the tutor that you are maybe feeling less confident about. You will then sit the exam in the afternoon of the same day.
These classroom exam events are hosted every month in various locations across the United Kingdom including Reading and London, or you can book onto an online exam day which are also hosted once a month.
The online portal has strict requirements for the version of the web browser you can use, the webcam set up and the speed of your internet connection. So please read the guidance below before booking an on-line exam. Specific details and guidance can be found here: Taking APM PMQ Classroom Course and Exam.
These are provided as short bite-size presentations of the course contents given by the authors of the study guide (John Bolton and Paul Naybour). They cover all the areas required in the APM Fundamentals syllabus, plus other elements of project management, and are fast paced and engaging. Topics included are:
During the course we will follow a new project manager, called Jayne, as she seeks to apply project management to her first project. You will meet the rest of her team, including the sponsor and venture capitalist, Zac Shallow, the IT manager, Karim and the operations manager Colin. In twenty-two short episodes you can follow Jayne each step of the way during the project life cycle. Watch as she:
This case study brings the application of project management to life with realistic and easy to understand scenarios.
During the course we also invite you to consider the implications of what we have learned and how you can apply these lessons to the projects you manage on a day to day basis. For example:
The aim of these reflection exercises is to help you think about the ways in which you can apply the key learning points from the course to the projects you manage, of might manage, in your day-to-day situation.
Our e-Learning system will support the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9+, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Safari on iPhone iOS 8+ (iPhone 4s through current), Safari on iPads with iOS 8+ (iPad 2 through current) and Chrome on Android. We do not support IE8 which is no longer supported by Microsoft. For the exam you will need a web cam as well.
You will gain access to our e-Learning System for six months, but if you need to extend the access for a further six months at any time then please do get in touch. There is no time limit on you taking the exam so we would encourage anyone who would like to take it but is not yet fully prepared to to extend their access. There are many reasons why the initial period may not be long enough and if you have already put effort into studying it is well worth the effort to gain this professional accreditation that can boost your own career prospects and help you deliver projects more successfully and consistently for your company. Note that under some circumstances we may need to ask for a small additional payment to cover any change in the exam fees by the APM.