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Project Management Planning And Control: Foundation And Practitioner

2nd July 2018 @ 09:00 - 6th July 2018 @ 17:00

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (APM PFQ) Course



Having effective project controls in place is an essential factor contributing to commercial project success at every stage of a project. Project controls provide a firm foundation for planning, understanding risks and controlling changes.

The Project Management Planning and Control course covers the processes, behaviours and culture required to utilise an effective project controls framework so is relevant for anyone involved in a project, including project managers, planners, quantity surveyors, cost estimators, risk analysts and project controls staff. The course is designed to be practical, useful and engaging, and covers:

  • Project controls systems.
  • Robust planning systems.
  • The use of scheduling, cost control and risk management systems.
  • Rigorous monitoring methods.
  • Analysis of a project plan.
  • Record-keeping systems for effective feedback.

This course is based on the APM guide “Planning, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control: The Practical Project Management of Time, Cost and Risk” and includes professional certification awarded by the APMG-International Examination Institute. The APM guide is supplied to candidates and it is highly recommended that they familiarise themselves with the contents prior to the course.

Course Format

Comprising classroom sessions over 5 days, the course is led by highly qualified tutors with real project controls experience using a variety of learning methods, practical exercises, project simulations and case studies. It focuses on the practical application of project controls and overcoming challenges with key stakeholders.

A 1-hour multiple choice Foundation exam is taken part-way through the week and a 2-and-a-half hour Practitioner exam at the end of the week.

The course can also be delivered in-house for corporate groups, with an option for virtual delivery.

Topics covered on the course

The role of the business case and the definition of project scope Focusing on scope management, requirements management and stakeholder management.

Principles of Project Planning

Covering dependency management, scheduling, cost control, different approaches to planning, the difference between planning and scheduling, and the difference between funding and budgets.

Establishing the baseline scope

Definitions and discussions of Product, Work, Organisation, Cost and Resource Breakdown Structures.

Detailed Scheduling

Developing realistic project schedules using scenario planning, schedule design, critical path network and time analysis. Also the different types of schedule that can be used to control a project.

Key Scheduling Techniques

Exploring key scheduling techniques such as Milestones, Activity types, Time units and Calendars.

Schedule Analysis

Covering the Precedence Diagram Method (PDM), Critical Path Analysis (CPA) and the different methods of estimating durations.

Presenting and communicating the schedule in an effective way

Focusing on the advantages and limitations of Bar Charts (Gantt Charts), Milestone reporting, Line of Balance and Time Chainage.

Schedule reviews, assurance and auditing

Exploring the purpose and scope of schedule reviews and the steps in the scheduling process.

Schedule, monitoring, control and reporting

Covering the purpose and use of performance reporting and features of a good control system including topics such as Milestone monitoring, Cost Control and Earned Value Analysis (EVA).

Earned Value Management

Focusing on the Earned Value cost control process, the purpose of Earned Value Analysis and key elements of the technique.

Baseline Management and Change Control

The principles of change management and why change control is needed and the rules for re-planning and re-baselining.

Risk Management

Definitions and application of risk management processes such as Quantitative Schedule Risk Analysis (QSRA) and Quantitative Cost Risk Analysis (QCRA).


2nd July 2018 @ 09:00
6th July 2018 @ 17:00
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