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 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.
|APM PMQ 6-Week Virtual||6 Weeks||From £1,250.00||22 Feb|
|APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom||2 Days||From £542.50||09 Feb|
|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 £1,650.00||26 Apr|
|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||22 Jan|
|APM-PFQ (BoK7) Study Guide||From £50.00||Elearning|
|FINAL BoK6 APM PMQ Exam Prep and Exam||1-Day||From £550.00||Register interest|
|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|
The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ), formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate, is a practical training course for people new to project management. All candidates will gain a broad understanding of the principles of project management including the processes, tools and language used in the project environment. There are no pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, experience or academic qualifications
The fundamental principles of project management covered on an APM PFQ course include:
Attending this course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge required to deliver successful project outcomes. For project managers or project team members hoping to take on a lead role in projects it will also help you to develop the leadership skills required to become a project manager. This widely recognised professional qualification will also enhance your career prospects.
The APM PFQ exam is a one-hour multiple-choice paper with 60 questions and a pass mark of 60%. It can be taken either in a classroom environment, or online via an online proctoring service. The on-line exam can be taken at any time convenient to you and you will be observed by a remote proctor using a web cam.
Parallel Project Training worked in partnership with the APM to write the official study guide for the APM PFQ qualification, which is included with the course. We also include a wide range of other learning materials so that you have the flexibility to study in a variety of ways. The following are all included with this course:
The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) was formerly known as the APMP and is designed for people actively involved in projects within their organisation. It will help you develop a solid foundation in project management behaviours, skills, processes and tools that will be useful in any industry. It is the perfect course for project managers with a few years’ experience in project delivery, who are aiming to consolidate a structured method of project management in their company with a best-practice approach.
By studying for the APM PMQ course, you will be able to apply the principles of project management to the projects you manage and will learn the practical skills and knowledge required to successfully deliver those projects. You will also be able to clearly explain the benefits of project management to your organisation and will gain a professional qualification from the Association for Project Management, the chartered body for the project management profession.
The APM PMQ exam is a three-hour written exam in which you need to answer 10 questions from a choice of 16 and the pass mark is 55%. It can be taken either in a classroom environment, or online via an online proctoring service. The on-line exam can be taken at any time convenient to you and you will be observed by a remote proctor using a web cam.
Parallel Project Training worked in partnership with the APM to write the official study guide for this qualification, which is included with the course. We also include a wide range of other learning materials so that you have the flexibility to study in a variety of ways. The following are all included with this course:
The APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ), from the Association for Project Management (APM), builds on the knowledge gained in the APM PMQ. It leads to direct entry as a full member of the APM and is a recognised assessment route to become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP). By demonstrating up-to-date knowledge of current practices and methods of project management a candidate can follow route 1 (professional practice, CPD and ethics) to Chartered Status.
The APM Project Professional Qualification (APM PPQ) was updated to version 2 in August 2020, and comprises a variety of tools, techniques, processes and skills that show candidates’ project management achievements. The APM PPQ specifically assesses the skills required to deliver projects, programmes and portfolios at a level between the APM PMQ (formerly the APMP) and the coveted Chartered Project Professional status.
On this course you will learn about the importance of professionalism and managing others, including how to provide visionary leadership for a project and build high-performing project teams. In addition, you will learn how to deal with conflict in a constructive way, use structured problem solving to deal with issues and develop strategies for most effectively communicating with stakeholders.
You will also learn the fundamentals of governance in project management and gain a thorough understanding of project planning and control, including a structured approach to managing the budget and actual costs for a project, and managing risks and issues in a proactive way.
The APM PPQ assessment comprises 3 parts:
The APM ChPP standard is the ‘gold standard’ for project management worldwide. It is intended for those who wish to demonstrate their competent leadership and an ability to successfully manage highly complex projects, programmes and portfolios.
Parallel Project Training delivers this APM ChPP course in 3 parts: an initial ½ day workshop, follow-on coaching and a ½ day interview coaching. All parts are bespoke 1-on-1 sessions that provide advice and guidance for the ChPP application process. on the application process. The APM provides application guidance, but most applicants will benefit from additional support as provided by this course to make a successful ChPP application.
In order to undertake this course, you will need to be actively involved in project management, have up-to-date knowledge of project methods and best practices and a proven track record of delivering projects, programmes or portfolios. You must also have undertaken 35 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the year preceding your application and commit to that same level of CPD every year.
The Professional Practice and Technical Knowledge areas to be demonstrated include the following 9 mandatory competences plus your choice of either 1a. Budgeting and Cost Control OR 1b. Financial Management :
1a. Budgeting and Cost Control
1b. Financial Management
In addition, there are a further 2 elective competences to be demonstrated from a list of 15. These are:
The ChPP assessment is in 2 parts: a written application and an interview but there are 3 different routes:
See our Guide to Project Management Qualifications for a list of recognised assessments and eligibility criteria.
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 training 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.
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.
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.
The PRINCE2 Agile project management certification 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 courses in project management 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.
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.
Not to be confused with the lifecycle.
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.
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 is the most widely accepted project management certification 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:
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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.
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.
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:
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 .