APM Project Management Qualification
(APM PMQ)

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    Public courses available every month in London, Reading or Milton Keynes

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    On demand Distance Learning (including exam)

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    6 week virtual learning option

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification
What's covered...
Cost Management

Gain a broad understanding of Cost Planning.

Leadership

Learn the fundamental principles of Leadership.

Negotiating

Gain knowledge and techniques behind good Negotiation.

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

Questions must be answered.

What is The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)?

The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) was formerly known as the APMP and is designed for those who see project management as a key part of their role. It establishes a solid foundation in project management behaviours, skills, processes and tools in any industry. It is ideal for those with a few years’ experience in project delivery, who are seeking to consolidate a structured method of project management in their company with a best-practice approach from the Association for Project Management.

At the end of the APM PMQ course, you will:

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    Gain a recognised qualification from the Association for Project Management to enhance your career prospects as a project professional

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    Be able to apply the principles of project management to your company projects including:

    • Defining the different roles in a project
    • Describing the difference between a project, programme and portfolio
    • Understanding the impact of project context on success
    • Establishing the project lifecycle and its benefits
    • Developing a project business case
    • Preparing a project management plan with the associated baselines
    • Describing the way in which project managers lead and develop teams
    • Describe how to control a project including applying earned value management
    • Explain how to procure external resources
    • Explain how quality can be managed during project delivery
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    Be equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to successfully deliver benefits to your organisation through well-managed projects.

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    Explain the benefits of project management to your organisation

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    Confidently sit the APM PMQ exam (formerly APMP) with a clear understanding of what is required to pass

What's involved

Downloadable Content

What are the Topics Covered in this Course?

A Structured Approach To Projects

Course Introduction - An overview of the course syllabus, assessment criteria and the exam arrangements.

Context and Environments - Projects are not delivered in isolation they need to fit within the overall business, legal and political environment. In this session we explore how projects transform ongoing operations and how projects support strategic change as part of a co-ordinated programme or portfolio of projects. In this session, we also examine, relevant legislation that is applicable to projects including health and safety, environmental, employment and contract law.

Organisations and Project Structures - Projects need to work with a wide range of different organisations and cultures. To be effective a project team needs clear roles and responsibilities. In this session we explore the different types of organisation and the key responsibilities of the project manager, sponsor, user and the project office.

Project Lifecycles - In this session we explore the project lifecycle and the benefits of adopting a standard lifecycle for a project. This includes the importance of project reviews and benefits of capturing lessons learned from projects.

Organisation and Governance - In this session we explain the principles of project governance and how a project management method supports project governance. We also discuss the advantages of using a standard across the project lifecycle.

Leadership, Communications And Team Work

Communications - The key to good communications in a project environment is the identification and management of stakeholders. In this session we explore the processes for managing stakeholders, the contents and structure of a communications plan and the factors affecting communications in a project environment.

Conflict and Negotiation - All projects have periods of conflict, resolving these conflicts by negotiations is a critical skill for many project managers. In this session we look at the different approaches to conflict resolution and the stages in the negotiation process.

Leadership and team work - People deliver projects and so in this section we look at how to develop and lead successful project teams. This includes discussions on the leadership qualities of a project manager, the principles of motivation, the impact of leadership on team motivation, the advantages of adopting situational leadership models and the benefits of effective teams and team working.

Planning For Success And Scope Management

Scope Management - In this session we will define scope in terms of outputs, outcomes and benefits and explain how to manage scope through requirements management and configuration management. We will also look at the different stages in change control and the relationship between change control and configuration management. Finally in this session we explain the advantages and disadvantages of a change control process.

Planning for Success - Planning projects relies on a clear understanding of the project outcome, business benefit and a structured project management plan. In this session we explore the first stage in planning a project from the business case to the project management plan. We will explain the purpose of a business case, benefits management and describe the authorship and ownership of a business case. We also explore the importance of payback, internal rate of return and net present value for project business cases.

In this session we will also explain project information management and a typical project reporting cycle.

Finally in this session we will discuss the purpose of the project management plan and the authorship and ownership of the project management plan.

Scheduling And Project Control

Scheduling and resource management - Planning and controlling activities and resources is a vital part of project control. In this session we look at detailed project planning including estimating techniques, the process of creating a schedule, the techniques of depicting a schedule and the advantages and disadvantages of using scheduling software.

In this session we also explore the management of resources including categories and types of resources used by projects and how resources are applied to a scheduling process. This will include differentiating between smoothing and levelling.

Cost is also an important of project control so in this session we will explain budgeting and cost management, including the use of earned value management. Finally we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of earned value management.

Risk Management - Every project takes a risk. In this session we look at a proactive risk management process. This includes examining the stages in a risk management process, risk response planning, the benefits of risk management and the difference between risk and issue management. In this section we will also examine the importance of a risk and issue escalation process.

Quality Management - Poor quality management leads to poor customer satisfaction, additional cost and project delay. In this session we look at the elements of project quality management including quality planning, assurance, control and continuous improvement. In particular we look at the practical application of quality management in the project environment.

Procurement - Most projects involve selecting and working with suppliers. Finding the right supplier and then working with them constructively to complete the project is vital to project success and the quality of the future relationship. In this section we explore the role of a procurements strategy in project delivery and the different forms of contractual relationship and payment types as described in the APMBoK (Body of Knowledge).

Exam Prep And Exam

The final session is tutor lead exam preparation followed by the exam.

How can I study and... What is Included?

Classroom CourseDistance LearningExam Prep and Exam Day
Cost £1650 £300 £550
Delivery method5 Days of Classroom Training1 Day Exam prep and Exam
Exam included Features YesNo Features Yes
Learning resources Features e-Learning Portal Features e-Learning Portal
Printed learning materials Features APM Study Guide Features APM Study Guide
Other learning materials Features APM Podcasts Features APM Podcasts
Exam resources Features Practice Online Exam Papers Features Practice Online Exam Papers Features Practice Exam Papers

What is The APM PMQ Classroom Course and Exam Like?

You will be encouraged to work in small and large groups, undertaking interactive quizzes and exercises and engage in debate. The class is not ‘death by PowerPoint’ as you will be encouraged and expected to join in and contribute. Various topics will be covered in the workshop with the intention of preparing you to be a better project manager in your organisation but also to sit and pass the exam. To do this the workshop will be focused on various topics from the syllabus.

The exam is a three-hour exam in which you select and answer 10 questions from a choice of 16, taken at the end of the classroom course. Each question is worth 50 marks and the pass mark is 55% of the total available marks.

Course ran in a relaxed and considered environment. Good mixture of characters and professions. Excellent venue. Topics covered at good pace. Instructor Adrian showed excellent depth in his knowledge with easy to understand practice examples. I will personally recommend course, venue and instructor.

Karl Wellburn - Project Engineer, Section Engineer at Doosan Babcock

APM Accredited

Upcoming Public Courses APM Project Management Courses (PMQ)

Mar 23
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
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Apr 20
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
London View
May 11
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Reading View
Jun 01
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
London View
Jun 29
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Milton Keynes View
Jul 13
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
London View
Aug 03
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Reading View
Sep 07
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
London View
Oct 05
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
London View
Oct 19
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Milton Keynes View
Nov 02
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Reading View
Dec 14
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom
5 days, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
London View

What's Included in the Distance Learning Package from Parallel Project Training?

For the distance learning course, Parallel worked in partnership with the APM to write the official study guide for this qualification. Our distance learning course is presented by the authors of the study guide (John Bolton and Paul Naybour). As with our APM PMQ classroom course, we include a wide range of learning materials, providing with you with a flexible approach to your study. You can study in print, on-line, or as you travel in the car or the train.

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    The APM Project Management Qualification study guide published by APM and written by Parallel Project Training

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    Eight on-line e-learning modules which are closely integrated with the study guide

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    Twenty-five podcasts which you can download and listen to as you travel

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    An on-line tutor support via our study group

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    A full sample exam paper

What's involved

If I study distance learning... How Do I Take the Exam?

Once you have completed the APM PMQ distance learning course, listened to all of the podcasts and feel confident to take the exam, you need to purchase and register on one of our APM PMQ Exam Prep and Exam days. These are hosted every month in various locations including Reading and London.

As part of the exam prep day you will work closely with a tutor to practice exam technique, typical questions and timing. You will also have the opportunity to work through topics you are feeling less confident about. You will then sit the exam in the afternoon.

We don't expect you will use all these resources as we find that different people have different learning styles; some prefer the printed resources, some find the podcasts fit into their working week, whilst other prefer the on-line lectures.

Sample Content Video Lectures

These are presented a short bite-size presentations by the authors of the study guide (John Bolton and Paul Naybour) of the course contents. They cover all the areas required in the APM Project Fundamentals syllabus and are fast paced and engaging. Topics included are:

  • Features Project Management Principles
    • Principles of project management
    • The project environment
    • Project life cycles
    • Project roles
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    • The project management plan
    • Scope management
    • Estimating
    • Scheduling
    • Resources management and procurement
    • Risk management
    • Quality management
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    • The project business case
    • Success and benefits management
    • Stakeholder management
    • Communications
    • Development
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    • Change control and configuration management
    • Leadership and teams
    • Project reporting
    • Project reviews
What's involved

Sample Content Case Study Episodes

During the course we will follow a new project manager, called Jayne, as she seeks to apply project management to her first project. You will meet the rest of her team, including the sponsor and venture capitalist, Zac Shallow, the IT manager, Karim and the operations manager Colin. In twenty-two short episodes you can follow Jayne each step of the way during the project life cycle. Watch as she:

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    Sorts out the roles for the project including the project sponsor and user.

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    Prepares and presents a business case for the project.

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    Works with the team to define the project management plan.

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    Manages the risks and issues that emerge along the way

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    Deals with changes introduced by the project sponsor.

This case study brings the application of project management to life.

What's involved

Sample Content Reflection Exercises

During the course we also invite you to consider the implications of what we have learned and how you can apply these lessons to the projects you manage day to day. For example:

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    Considering the questions we would ask a sponsor at a start up meeting?

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    Considering the success factors, benefits and KPI for the case study project and how these apply to your project?

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    Analysis of the different stakeholder's in a project?

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    Considering the best structure for a project management plan?

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    Considering how to respond to a risk or and issue?

The aim of these reflection exercises is to help you think about the ways in which you can apply the key learning points from the course to the projects you manage day-to-day.

What's involved

Technical Requirements and Compatibility

Our e-Learning system will support the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9+, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Safari on iPhone iOS 8+ (iPhone 4s through current), Safari on iPads with iOS 8+ (iPad 2 through current) and Chrome on Android. We do not support IE8 which is no longer supported by Microsoft. For the exam you will need a web cam as well.

How Long Can I Access my Training for?

You will gain access to our e-Learning System for six months, but if you need to extend the access for a further six months at any time then please do get in touch. There is no time limit on you taking the exam, although we may ask for a small additional payment to cover any change in the exam fees by the APM.


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