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New APM Project Fundamentals Course and Study Guide

Paul Naybour Paul Naybour

Published: 13th April 2016

Here at Parallel Project Training we are delighted to have once again collaborated with the Association for Project Management (APM) on a new study guide to support candidates studying for APM qualifications. Following on from the success of the previous collaborative publication “The APM Project Management Qualification Study Guide” the latest book “Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Study Guide” published by APM and written by Parallel Project Training is available from April 2016.

Our new APM Project Fundamentals training course is launched at the same time and is aimed at those new to project management, whether as a project manager, as part of a project team or in a project support role. The course combines the study of theoretical project management with practical case studies and exercises ensuring candidates can put what they have learnt into practise as soon as they return to their own working environment.

Course attendees will learn how to apply the principles and methods of project management but will also develop the necessary skills and behaviours required to become a successful project manager. They will learn how to build an effective project team, manage stakeholders, prepare business cases, project plans, budgets and schedules; control risks and report progress – all essential skills for a project manager.

This course is an ideal starting point for those at an early stage of their project management career or, indeed, those wishing to gain recognition for PM skills and capabilities they already possess. There are no pre-requisites for studying for, or taking, the exam, which consists of a 1-hour multiple choice paper with 60 questions.


The Benefits of Studying with Parallel


One of the many benefits of studying for the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification with   Parallel Project Training is that the authors who worked in partnership with the APM to write the official study guide (John Bolton and Paul Naybour) also present the videos that are a fundamental part of the course.

The course can be delivered as a traditional 2-day classroom course, as a distance learning course or as virtual training so is suitable for individuals, small groups from the same organisation and larger corporate groups.

As with all Parallel training courses we pride ourselves on our wide range of learning materials in addition to printed study guides, such as videos, animated videos and podcasts. By providing a variety of learning materials we cater for individual preferences in learning styles and also offer flexibility as to when, and how, a candidate chooses to study. Experience has shown us that the use of a combination of printed material, podcasts and a range of video types keeps motivation levels high and improves the outcome for all candidates in the exam.  Our exam pass rate is consistently high and on some courses we achieve pass rates as high as 100%.


Our Unique Learning Approach

In addition to the new APM study guide that we have written in collaboration with the APM, the other learning tools we provide include bite-sized video lectures such as the example below:

Also included are podcasts – why not listen to this sample to get a feel for how useful our popular podcasts are:

Other supporting materials include:

  • practical exercises
  • case study animated videos
  • sample multiple choice questions
  • full sample exam paper
  • on-line tutor support


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