Ideal for those who are new to project management and want to understand the language and principles of project management.
Exam questions over a one hour period.
believe that taking an APM qualification will add value to their career.*
Gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession.
Learn the fundamental principles of project management.
No prior knowledge or experience is required
Ideal for those with some project management knowledge and want to further their knowledge to manage and control projects.
Knowledge based qualification
out of 16
Questions must be answered.
Gain a broad understanding of cost planning.
Learn the fundamental principles and importance of leadership.
Gain knowledge and techniques behind good negotiation.
For existing project managers who want to progress their career and prospects.
Assesses your capability
with 4 scenario based questions
3 core and 1 elective modular exam
Learn the importance of professionalism and managing others
Learn the fundamentals of governance in project management
Gain a thorough understanding of project planning and control
The APM ChPP credential is the most advanced project management accreditation available.
of delivering projects, programmes, portfolios etc
of current project methods and practices
in the project management profession
Stand out in the job market with an enhanced CV
Increased understanding to help you work more effectively
Assurance for clients of high standards and ethical practice
Here at Parallel we offer training courses based on APM, PMI and PRINCE2 methods so we are ideally placed to advise you of the best route to follow to enhance your career prospects. The best qualifications or accreditation for any project manager are dependent on previous experience, current industry sector, likely future employers and whether you will be working nationally or globally. More information is available below, or give us a call and one of our consultants will help you find the right training for your specific experience and future ambitions.
|APM PMQ 6-Week Virtual||6 Weeks||From £1,250.00||26 Oct|
|APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom||2 Days||From £775.00||12 Nov|
|APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Distance Learning (Including Exam)||6-8 hours on-line||From £325.00||Elearning|
|APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom||4 Days + Online Exam||From £1,155.00||05 Oct|
|APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom - Aspect Partner||5 Days||From £1,650.00||Register interest|
|APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Distance Learning (Excluding Exam)||40-80 hours||From £300.00||Elearning|
|APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Prep and Exam||1-Day||From £550.00||09 Oct|
|APM Project Professional Qualification||To be confirmed||Free||Register interest|
|APM-PFQ (BoK7) Study Guide||From £50.00||Elearning|
|PFQ Study Guide||From £50.00||Register interest|
|PMQ (BoK7) Study Guide||From £50.00||Study Guide|
|Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner - Aspect Partner||5-Day||From £1,499.00|
PRINCE2 is an acronym for Projects in Controlled Environments and is a well-known project management method used across the world. The PRINCE method was initially established by the UK government in the 1970's to issue guidance on how best to ensure the successful delivery of Information Technology projects. The PRINCE2 methodology has developed over the decades to use 7 principles, themes and processes. It is flexible enough to be adapted for use on projects of varying size and complexity, and a wide range of different business sectors and industries now use this popular PM method. PRINCE2 is still most used in the IT sector where many organisations have their own methods.
PRINCE2 is a formal methodology with standard templates and processes, and well-defined roles & responsibilities. That is a fundamental difference between PRINCE2 and APM (Association for Project Management) qualifications. The APM is not a method but a competence development path, for individuals, that develops the necessary skills and behaviours to successfully deliver projects. Both have their own unique type of project management courses to ensure PMs are well-qualified for the relevant environment. An APM qualified project manager can use any methods. These skills and competencies are based on the APM competence framework and the widely accepted practice described in the APM Body of Knowledge (APM BoK). The Body of Knowledge is written by practicing project managers, and as such includes proven, tried and tested approaches. It's never cutting edge; it just represents the combined wisdom of many practicing project managers. So, for example, the latest edition has only just incorporated agile working and virtual teams.
So PRINCE2 is about following a standard set of processes to maximise the chances of delivering a project successfully while the APM approach is about developing the skills, behaviours and competences project managers need to deliver successful projects.
There are three main PRINCE2 qualifications:
This course of study and qualification is best suited to people working as part of a project team or people supporting projects (such as a PMO). It is also useful for those with career ambitions to become a project manager. There are no pre-requisites to taking this course and exam either in the form of qualifications or experience. Candidates will learn about project management terminology and the principles of this structured project management method.
People taking this particular project manager course will gain a detailed understanding of how to apply the PRINCE2 processes. They learn planning techniques that will help them prepare a project plan, how to perform a risk analysis and about the risk management process. Implementing quality control and change control techniques is also covered.
Every candidate for the PRINCE2 Practitioner Qualification must already have passed the PRINCE2 Foundation exam or have an equivalent qualification such as PMP, CAPM or IPMA. Full pre-requisite details can be found in our Definitive Guide to Project Management Qualifications.
In practice, many accredited PM training providers like Parallel Project Training will run single concurrent project managers courses covering both Foundation and Practitioner level PRINCE2 qualifications.
The PRINCE2 Agile qualification also encompasses a Foundation level and a Practitioner level.
As with the PRINCE2 Foundation, the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation course requires no previous qualifications or experience. Candidates will learn a range of agile concepts and techniques in addition to gaining an understanding of PRINCE2. They will then have the basic knowledge to understand how agile concepts work within a PRINCE2 environment; and the advantages of combining them in a single project environment.
On the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner course project managers learn how to use the structure and control of the PRINCE2 methodology alongside agile techniques. The PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner qualification has the same pre-requisites as PRINCE2 Practitioner i.e. PRINCE2 Foundation, PMP, CAPM or IPMA qualifications.
The USA-based Project Management Institute (PMI) has the PM qualifications that are the most widely known and accepted around the world. There are qualifications like CAPM for project team members and a range of other qualifications for all levels up to programme managers. However, the best-known of the PMI qualifications is the PMP.
Similar to the APM the PMI uses a Guide to the Body of Knowledge (PMBoK). Like the APM BoK, the PMBoK is a standard rather than a methodology like PRINCE2. However, the PMI version is more focused on process groups and tools. It has less focus on areas of competence such as leadership, team development and conflict management. The PMBoK is updated over time to recognise the fact that project management is a developing and growing field in which best practices are evolving.
The PMBoK standard is based on five process groups:
Not to be confused with the lifecycle.
Ten knowledge areas support these five process groups:
The five process groups also describe well over a hundred tools and techniques which a project manager could use in a project environment. These include areas such as assumptions analysis, change control tools, conflict management, earned value management, human resources management and quality audits amongst many, many other tools and techniques.
The PMI approach to managing projects is well-suited to large or complex projects but it can also be easily tailored for smaller projects. The newest edition also covers agile concepts since an agile approach is increasingly common in many project environments.
Studying for the PMP Certification helps project managers develop an in-depth knowledge of the PMBoK and the PMI approach to managing projects. Realistic case studies also ensure that candidates develop their understanding of project management principles.
Anyone wishing to study for the PMP Certification must already have completed 35 hours of project management training. This can be from a range of courses, including internal courses. Candidates also need at least 3 years' project management experience or 5 years' experience if they do not have a degree-level qualification. Full pre-requisite details can be found in our Definitive Guide to Project Management Qualifications.
The PMP certification is the most widely accepted project management qualification across the globe and, as such, is especially useful for project managers who work internationally or wish to join an international organisation.
If you are unsure which is the best qualification, some key questions to ask are:
Everyone wants flexible and cost-effective training, and we provide that. But we also offer professional trainers who make courses engaging and fun. All of our trainers are experienced project managers who know how to make sure everyone gains a professional PM qualification but, more importantly, also gains the knowledge and skills to manage their projects more successfully. And enjoy themselves while doing so.
Professional training from Parallel doesn't mean sitting in a classroom (virtual or real) and listening to the trainer for hours on end. It involves active participation in real-world tasks, collaborating with others using realistic case studies; it consists of watching webinars and listening to podcasts. Expect to get involved in buzz groups, discussions, practical demonstrations, role-play and simulations.
Those are just some of the reasons to choose Parallel Project Training. Here are some more…
If your organisation needs a training programme tailored to your specific industry or project environment, we are the best of the best at producing truly bespoke project management training courses. Every bespoke training package from Parallel is created specifically for each organisation. We spend time learning about your business and your objectives so that we can deliver training for project managers that exceeds your expectations.
Individuals seeking to expand their project management skills and knowledge, and enhance their career prospects, can benefit from PM training. So too can organisations seeking to deliver their projects more successfully and to a higher standard. Here are just some of the benefits of a professional project manager course:
We have over 15 years' experience delivering bespoke and off-the-shelf training to individual project managers and organisations in both the public and private sector. We train more than 500 people every year, both here in the UK and overseas, and we are proud of our very high 85% pass rate in the APM qualifications.
Please take a look at some of our client case studies and testimonials to see how we've helped organisations improve their project delivery capability; and how we've helped individuals become more successful project managers.