APM Project Management Qualification
(APM PMQ)

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    Frequent Virtual Classroom courses running

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    On demand Distance Learning (including exam)

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    Dedicated virtual courses for Larger Groups

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    6 week virtual learning option

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification
What’s covered…
Cost Management

Gain a broad understanding of Cost Planning.

Leadership

Learn the fundamental principles of Leadership.

Negotiating

Gain knowledge and techniques behind good Negotiation.

Assessment
3 Hour Exam 3
Hour
Exam
Multiple Choice Questions 10
out of 16

Questions must be answered.

What isThe APM PMQ?

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:

  • FeaturesGain a recognised qualification from the Association for Project Management to enhance your career prospects as a project professional
  • FeaturesBe able to apply the principles of project management to your company projects including:
    • Defining the different roles in a project
    • Describing the difference between a project, programme and portfolio
    • Understanding the impact of project context on success
    • Establishing the project lifecycle and its benefits
    • Developing a project business case
    • Preparing a project plan with the associated baselines
    • Describing the way in which project managers lead and develop teams
    • Describe how to control a project including applying earned value management
    • Explain how to procure external resources
    • Explain how quality can be managed during project delivery
  • FeaturesBe equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to successfully deliver benefits to your organisation through well-managed projects.
  • FeaturesExplain the benefits of project management to your organisation
  • FeaturesConfidently sit the APM PMQ exam (formerly APMP) with a clear understanding of what is required to pass
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Upcoming Public Courses APM Project Management Courses (PMQ)

Nov 19
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Nov 29
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
3 Weeks
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Dec 10
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Jan 10
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
3 Weeks, Mon & Tue, 9-5
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Jan 10
APM PMQ 6-Week Virtual
6 Sessions over 7 Weeks
  • £1,500.00 excl. VAT
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Jan 21
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Feb 07
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
3 Weeks, Mon & Tue, 9-5
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Feb 18
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Feb 21
APM PMQ 6-Week Virtual
7 Sessions over 7 Weeks
  • £1,500.00 excl. VAT
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Mar 09
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
3 Weeks, Mon & Tue, 9-5
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Mar 18
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Apr 06
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
3 Weeks, Mon & Tue, 9-5
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Apr 08
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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May 02
APM PMQ 6-Week Virtual
7 Sessions over 7 Weeks
  • £1,500.00 excl. VAT
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May 09
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
2 Days + 2 Days + Exam Day
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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May 13
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Jun 06
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
2 Days + 2 Days + Exam Day
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Jun 06
APM PMQ 6-Week Virtual
7 Sessions over 7 weeks
  • £1,500.00 excl. VAT
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Jun 17
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Jul 06
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
2 Days + 2 Days + Exam Day
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Jul 08
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Aug 12
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Aug 22
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
2 Days + 2 Days + Exam Day
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Sep 05
APM PMQ 6-Week Virtual
7 Sessions in 7 Weeks
  • £1,500.00 excl. VAT
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Sep 15
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
2 Days + 2 Days + Exam Day
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Sep 16
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Oct 14
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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Oct 19
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
2 Days + 2 Days + Exam Day
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Online View
Oct 31
APM PMQ 6-Week Virtual
7 Sessions over 7 Weeks
  • £1,500.00 excl. VAT
Online View
Nov 16
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
2 Days + 2 Days + Exam Day
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Online View
Nov 18
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
Online View
Dec 07
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Virtual Classroom
Virtual PMQ
2 Days + 2 Days + Exam Day
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Online View
Dec 09
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam
4 days, 09:00 AM – 01:30 PM
  • £550.00 excl. VAT
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WHAT TOPICS WILL THE APM PMQ COURSE COVER?

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.

WHAT IS THE EXAM LIKE?

This is a three-hour written exam and with 10 questions from a choice of 16. The pass mark is 55%. The results are published in 10 to 12 weeks. The exam is currently only available via an Online Proctoring service.

How can I study and…What is Included?

Virtual Classroom CourseDistance LearningExam Prep and Exam Day
Cost £1250 £300 £550
Delivery method5 Days of Virtual Training1 Day Prep and Exam
Exam included Features Yes No Features Yes
Learning resources Features e-Learning Portal Features e-Learning Portal
Printed learning materials Features Study Guide Features Study Guide
Other learning materials Features Podcasts Features Podcasts
Exam resources Features Practice Online Exam Papers Features Practice Online Exam Papers Features Practice Exam Papers

3-Week, 6-week or Distance Learning?

The 3 week virtual classroom course, the 6 week virtual course and the remote learning course all offer the same end goal, achieving the knowledge based APM PMQ Qualification, but which learning method is best suited for you?

3-Week Course

In a world where COVID-19 has prevented us from running classroom courses, the 3-week virtual course has replaced what used to be our traditional 5-day classroom training event. These virtual events offer a host of benefits, including:

  • A concentrated environment to focus on learning
  • A group of likeminded delegates each with experience to offer and learn from
  • Learn from the comfort of your own home
  • The ability to take the exam in a more relaxed environment where you can have a clearer mind
  • Avoid paying for transport and accommodation to come to a set course location
  • Get the course ‘over and done with’ – focus for a concentrated week, and come out with a wealth of knowledge, and hopefully a qualification.

We make no bones about the 5-day courses: it is an intense week of learning. We expect you to be engaged 100% of the time, and you are required to do pre-reading and homework in the evenings as well. Whilst trying to take in a wide syllabus of information, and focus on learning exam technique, this can be a lot to handle.

6-Week Course

We designed this programme to give you time to digest the learning and develop your project management capabilities over a longer time period.In this programme, we deliver 6 3-hour webinars, split 1 week apart. During these sessions, a tutor will take you through a subject in detail. You are then expected to use our resources (eLearning, study guide, podcasts) throughout the week to supplement what you have learnt. The exam is then taken at the end of this programme. This method offers a number of benefits over the 5-day course:

  • Avoid the stress of 5 straight days
  • Give yourself time to digest information and revisit topics
  • Potentially give yourself a better chance of retaining information
  • Break up the time out of the office – avoid having to take 1 whole week out of work, something a lot of project professionals are unable to do

The 6-week programme offers a more relaxed and less intense learning style, but still requires you to give full commitment to the course. We will expect you to study in your own time, turn up for sessions, complete homework (which is marked!) and get involved.

Distance Learning Course

This remote learning course is designed for those looking for a self-paced solution. Using a combination of our eLearning platform, study guide, podcasts and study group delegates work through the entire PMQ syllabus at their own pace and in a time and environment that suits them. This delivery method offers a number of benefits

  • It is the most cost-effective model
  • You can learn when and where you like. You are not restricted to a predetermined schedule.
  • You can start learning as soon as you purchase.

With this learning model there is limited interaction with a tutor. For those delegates looking for a more personal experience, with a live tutor who you can ask questions of, we suggest you look closer at the 5-day or 6-week course.

Which method is right for me?

The answer to this comes down to your preferred style of learning and your goals. If you need the qualification as soon as possible and are prepared to commit time now, take the 3-week. If you have the luxury of time and think you may struggle with the intensity of a 3-week course, take our 6 week programme. If you are self-motivated and will find it easy to dedicate yourself to the course without instruction, or looking for a budget solution, take the distance learning course.

What isThe APM PMQ Classroom Course and Exam Like?

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 can be sat in a classroom environment, or online via an Online Proctoring service. We can arrange your exam for both of these options, so please contact us for more details.

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

What’s Included in theDistance Learning Package from Parallel Project Training?

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.

  • FeaturesThe Project Management Qualification study guide written by Parallel Project Training
  • FeaturesEight on-line e-learning modules which are closely integrated with the study guide
  • FeaturesTwenty-five podcasts which you can download and listen to as you travel
  • FeaturesAn on-line tutor support via our study group
  • FeaturesA full sample exam paper
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If I study remotely…How Do I Take the Exam?

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.

Sample ContentVideo Lectures

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:

  • FeaturesProject Management Principles
    • Principles of project management
    • The project environment
    • Project life cycles
    • Project roles
  • FeaturesDefinition
    • The project management plan
    • Scope management
    • Estimating
    • Scheduling
    • Resources management and procurement
    • Risk management
    • Quality management
  • FeaturesProject Concept
    • The project business case
    • Success and benefits management
    • Stakeholder management
    • Communications
    • Development
  • FeaturesIssue management
    • Configuration and change control
    • Leadership and teams
    • Project reporting
    • Project reviews
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Sample ContentCase Study Episodes

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:

  • FeaturesSorts out the roles for the project including the project sponsor and user.
  • FeaturesPrepares and presents a case for the project.
  • FeaturesWorks with the team to define the project plan.
  • FeaturesManages the risks and issues that emerge along the way
  • FeaturesDeals with changes introduced by the project sponsor.

This case study brings the application of project management to life with realistic and easy to understand scenarios.

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Sample ContentReflection Exercises

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:

  • FeaturesConsidering the questions we would ask a sponsor at a start up meeting?
  • FeaturesConsidering the success factors, benefits and KPI for the case study project and how these apply to your project?
  • FeaturesAnalysis of the different stakeholder’s in a project?
  • FeaturesConsidering the best structure for a project plan?
  • FeaturesConsidering how to respond to a risk or and issue?

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.

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Technical Requirements and Compatibility

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.

How Long Can I Access my Training for?

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.