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Parallel Project training introduces APM Introductory Certificate Training course

Paul Naybour Paul Naybour

Published: 4th August 2010

– Parallel Project Training introduces a project management training course designed to introduce students to the essential elements of Project Management –



APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management

4th August, 2010: Parallel Project Training, an innovative new specialist training provider in APM project management training and APM certification, has launched a new two day introductory training course for the APM Introductory Certificate (APM IC). The APM IC is the UK professional body for project management with over 14,000 individual members and 400 corporate members. The Introductory Certificate is its preliminary course for project management professionals.

The Parallel Project Training APM Introductory Certificate course follows the APM IC syllabus and covers the essential elements of project management. It is designed to help new project managers develop a better understanding of project management, become familiar with the processes, tools and techniques of project management and enable them to make an effective contribution to the delivery of successful projects.

Graduates from the Parallel Project Training Introductory Certificate course will be able to describe a project’s context, write detailed and useful project documentation including business case and project plans, carry out work breakdowns of a project as a first step in planning, carry out risk analysis and stakeholder analysis of a project and be able to sit the APM IC exam with confidence.

The course is broken down into the following seven modules:

Project Management in Context – differentiating projects from non-projects, exploring 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.

Planning and Strategy – to clarify how success will be measured from the outset, the influence of stakeholders on requirements, how that can (or cannot) be managed.

Executing the Strategy – to drive the project forward to a successful conclusion.

Project Management Techniques – to make sure the project is fully understood and estimated fully including costs for completing the project using a number of methods and configuration management to control changes to the design.

Business and Commercialto ensure the business case is robust and the supply chain is delivering value by including the purpose, role and ownership of the business case and working with suppliers through the procurement cycle.

Organisation and Governanceto ensure the business remains in control of the project including effective project hand over and learning lessons from the project and clearly defining roles and responsibilities for the project and business deliverables.

People and the professionto encourage effective and strong leadership, manage effective communications, building a project team and leading projects to success

The Parallel Project Training APM IC course includes high quality APM IC course manual, which allows students to prepare and coordinate their study plans. The course manual explains the APM IC in simple steps as well as providing sample questions and MP3 podcasts. These cover important topics included in the APM IC exam – a one hour session of 60 multiple choice questions, which students must sit on the last day of the course.

Paul Naybour, Business Development Director of Parallel Project Training said “We expect this to be a very popular course as it is an excellent first step for people looking to embark on a project management career. The fact it is only two days long means students can easily devote the relevant time and study to the course without having to take vast amounts of time out of the office. We are proud to be offering both public and corporate APM IC courses in October, November and December 2010.”


About Parallel Project Training

Parallel Project Training was formed in October 2009 by John Bolton and Paul Naybour and is supported by a pool of associates, advisers and consultants. Paul’s background is in the management of rail and infrastructure projects, leading major training programmes for many of the key players in the rail and transportation sector. In addition to rail experience, John has a strong pedigree in major programmes in the software and services sectors along with significant involvement in the management and development of professional project managers. Both are very highly experienced project management professionals, each having over ten years experience as project management development professionals. Parallel Project Training is based in Reading and offers a highly innovative approach to project management training. The courses include APMP, planning, risk management, estimating, and project leadership and will lead to accreditation where available. They are delivered using a combination of printed study material, e-learning, podcasts and classroom workshops. Parallel offers exceptional value for money with their innovative approach to efficiency and reducing impact on the environment – offering more for less.

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