Finding the right
Project Management Courses


Our project management courses cover three key qualifications.

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APM Project

Fundamentals

Qualification (PFQ)

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Ideal for those who are new to project management and want to understand the language and principles of project management.

Multiple Choice Questions 60
Multiple Choice

Exam questions over a one hour period.

95%

believe that taking an APM qualification will add value to their career.*

Gain a broad understanding of project management.

Gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession.

Learn the principles of project management.

Learn the fundamental principles of project management.

No prior knowledge or experience is required.

No prior knowledge or experience is required

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APM Project

Management

Qualification (PMQ)

from 850
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Ideal for those with some project management knowledge and want to further their knowledge to manage and control projects.

Knowledge Based Qualification

Knowledge based qualification

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

Questions must be answered.

Cost Management

Gain a broad understanding of cost planning.

Leadership

Learn the fundamental principles and importance of leadership.

Negotiating

Gain knowledge and techniques behind good negotiation.

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APM Project

Professional

Qualification (PPQ)

from 950
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For existing project managers who want to progress their career and prospects.

Knowledge Based Qualification

Assesses your capability

3hr Exam 3
Hour Exam

with 4 scenario based questions

Must pass

3 core and 1 elective modular exam

Gain a broad understanding of project management.

Learn the importance of professionalism and managing others

Learn the principles of project management.

Learn the fundamentals of governance in project management

No prior knowledge or experience is required.

Gain a thorough understanding of project planning and control

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Project Management

Chartered

Standard (ChPP)

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The APM ChPP credential is the most advanced project management accreditation available.

Track Record
Track Record

of delivering projects, programmes, portfolios etc

Knowledge
Knowledge

of current project methods and practices

Actively Involved
Actively Involved

in the project management profession

Gain a broad understanding of project management.

Stand out in the job market with an enhanced CV

Learn the principles of project management.

Increased understanding to help you work more effectively

No prior knowledge or experience is required.

Assurance for clients of high standards and ethical practice

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Which project management courses are Right for Me?

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 successful project management professional 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.

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APM Project

Fundamentals

Qualification (PFQ)

from 325

Ideal for a new project managers who want to learn the principles of project management

  • Gain a broad understanding Gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession.
  • earn the fundamentals Learn the fundamental principles of project management.
  • No prior knowledge No prior knowledge or experience is required
  • 60 Multiple Choice Exam questions 60 Multiple Choice Exam questions over a one hour period.
  • Add value to your career 95% APM candidates who believe that taking an APM qualification will add value to their career.*
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APM Project

Management

Qualification (PMQ)

from 850

Ideal for a project manager establishing a professional career

  • Cost Planning Gain a broad understanding of Cost Planning.
  • Principles of Leadership Learn the fundamental principles of Leadership.
  • Negotiation Gain knowledge and techniques behind good Negotiation.
  • 3 Hour Exam 3 Hour Exam.
  • 10 out of 16 questions 10 out of 16 questions must be answered.
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APM Project

Professional

Qualification (PPQ)

For existing project managers who want to progress their career and prospects.

  • Importance of professionalism Learn the importance of professionalism and managing others
  • Fundamentals of governance Learn the fundamentals of governance in project management
  • Planning and Control Gain a thorough understanding of project planning and control
  • 3 hour exams 3 hour exams
  • Must pass 3 core and one elective modular exam Must pass 3 core and one elective modular exam
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APM Project

Chartered

Standard (ChPP)

The APM RPP credential is the most advanced project management accreditation available.

  • 3 hour exams Stand out in the job market with an enhanced CV.
  • Must pass 3 core and one elective modular exam Increased understanding to help you work more effectively.
  • Must pass 3 core and one elective modular exam Assurance for clients of high standards and ethical practice.
  • Importance of professionalism Must have a track record of delivering projects, programmes, portfolios etc.
  • Fundamentals of governance You'll need knowledge of current project methods and practices.
  • Planning and Control Should be actively involved in the project management profession.
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Comparing PRINCE2® with APM

PRINCE2 is an acronym for Projects in Controlled Environments and is a specific 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 courses and the PRINCE2 methodology are now widely recognised and have 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 tailored it to 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) which has recently been upgraded from the APM BoK 6th Edition to the 7th Edition. 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 simply 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 a process based, structured approach - it is about following a standard set of processes to maximise the chances of delivering a project successfully; while APM qualifications and training are about developing the behaviours, competencies and professional skills needed to deliver successful projects.

There are 3 main PRINCE2 qualifications:

PRINCE2 Foundation Qualification

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 or assistant project manager). 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.

PRINCE2 Practitioner Qualification

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 are 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.

PRINCE2 Agile Qualification

The PRINCE2 Agile project management 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. On these project management courses 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, PMI Project Management Professional PMP, CAPM or IPMA qualifications.

Comparing PMI with APM

The USA-based Project Management Institute (PMI) has the project manager courses and PM qualifications that are the most widely known and are globally recognised. 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 5 process groups:

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring
  5. Controlling & Closing

Not to be confused with the lifecycle.

10 knowledge areas support these 5 process groups:

  1. Integration Management
  2. Scope Management
  3. Schedule Management
  4. Cost Management
  5. Quality Management
  6. Resource Management
  7. Communications Management
  8. Risk Management
  9. Procurement Management
  10. Stakeholder Management

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 a variety of project environments.

PMP Certification

Studying for the PMP Certification via a project managers course helps people develop an in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the PMBoK and the PMI approach to managing projects. The best project management courses will include realistic case studies to 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' of project management experience or 5 years' experience required 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.

How Can Parallel Help?

If you are unsure which is the best qualification, some key questions to ask are:

  1. Are you looking to learn a set of rules to guide projects?
  2. What sectors do you work in?
  3. Are you planning to work internationally?
  4. Are you looking to develop and demonstrate your overall competence?
 

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Why Choose Parallel Project Training?

Everyone wants flexible and cost-effective training, and we provide that on all of our project management courses. 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.

Project management professional development and training solutions from Parallel don'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 to support study goals and career development.

  • Flexible and cost-effective
  • Highly-experienced trainers
  • Active participation on all courses
  • Realistic case-studies, role-play and simulations

We run regular online courses and short courses in project management suitable for project management practitioners with all levels of higher education. You will learn the skills required for the management of projects of all types and complexity; and come away with an internationally recognised certificate of achievement and the knowledge gained to effectively manage a project.

Our online project management courses have been developed over many years and are just one of the reasons to choose Parallel Project Training. Here are some more…

If your organisation needs a training programme tailored to your specific industry, business sector, public sector or project environment, we are the best of the best at producing truly bespoke project management training courses online or at your business premises. Every bespoke training package from Parallel is created specifically for each organisation and we also deliver continuing professional development CPD courses.

We spend time learning about your business and your objectives to ensure we deliver the professional qualifications and training for project managers that follow industry best practice, support personal development of employees and, most importantly, exceed your expectations. Your employees can then build on the knowledge they have learnt to become an effective project manager and improve your organisation's project delivery capability.

Benefits of Training for Project Managers

Individuals leading projects can expand their project management skills and knowledge, and enhance their career prospects, through PM training. PMI and APM project management courses follow a progression from introductory level right through to highly advanced level; and, in the case of the APM, to chartered status. This relatively recent development places a career as a project manager on a par with other chartered professions.

Organisations can also benefit because employees will be leading projects using the latest methods and best practice, and so delivering their projects more successfully and to a higher standard, which is a highly attractive proposition for clinets of those organisations. Here are just some of the benefits of a professional project manager course for both individuals and the organisations they work for:

  • Produce realistic timeframes and schedules for projects.
  • Responsibilities are clearly defined.
  • Changes to the project scope are well-controlled.
  • Project risks are well-understood and controlled.
  • Experience contributes to more successful future projects.
  • Leadership skills are developed.
  • Communication skills are improved.

Here at Parallel Project Training 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 ensure every candidate gains highly regarded project management certifications that actively improve their performance in the work environment and enable them to follow a well-respected career path.

We train more than 500 people in the project management field every year, both here in the UK and overseas, and we are particulalry proud of our very high 85% pass rate in the APM qualifications and training. We regularly run our public courses and bespoke courses online or face-to-face, in whatever way is best suited to the requirements of the people learning project methodologies.

Please take a look at some of our client case studies and testimonials to see how we've helped major organisations improve their professional development and project delivery, and enhance their leadership and management capability; and how we've helped each individual become a more successful project manager .