APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom

The APM Project Management Qualification 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.

Description

 How does an online virtual classroom work?

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are running virtual online courses. These are run live by one of our tutors, and run over the same 2 day period as initially scheduled. For more information, see below, or ask us a question using the 'Contact Us' button.

After registering for your chosen date, you will be emailed with a link to access the online classroom. The entire syllabus will be covered, and you will sit the exam online at the end of the second day. The tutor for your course will email you with further details closer to the date of your course.

The video below shows an example of what our virtual classrooms look like. 

 

 The APM Project Management Qualification was formerly known as the APM 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.

Topics Covered

Day 1

Webinar 1: Projects and business as usual

First we will cover an overview of the course syllabus, assessment criteria and the exam question types followed by exploring how projects transform ongoing operations and how project support strategic change as part of a co-ordinated programme or portfolio of projects.

Webinar 2: The situational context of projects

Projects are not delivered in isolation they need to fit within the overall business, legal and political environment. In this session we will examine factors which may affect a projects context including relevant legislation, and tools you can use include PESTLE, SWOT and VUCA.

Webinar 3: Organisation structures, project roles and lifecycles

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, product owner and the project office and how these operate in a linear, iterative and hybrid lifecycle. This includes the importance of project reviews and benefits of capturing lessons learned from projects. 

Webinar 4: Communication

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.

Day 2

Webinar 5: 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. 

Webinar 6: Leadership and teamwork

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 in virtual teams. 

Webinar 7: 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. 

Webinar 8: Requirements, configuration and change control

We will 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 disadvantage of a change control process. 

Day 3

Webinar 9: 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. 

Webinar 10: Project planning

In this session we explain project information management and a typical project reporting cycle, the purpose of the project management plan and the authorship and ownership of the project management plan. We will look into more detail at the management of stakeholders and the use of stakeholder maps and discuss the links with the communications plan. Finally, a range of estimating techniques will be explained, together with the problems of trying to provide an accurate estimate and the concept of the estimating funnel.

Webinar 11: Scheduling

Planning and controlling activities and resources is a vital part of project control. In this session we look at detailed project planning explaining techniques such as dependency networks, critical path and critical chain analysis, and the process of creating a schedule. 

Webinar 12: Resource management

In this session we will 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 resource smoothing and levelling. Cost is also an important aspect of project control, so in this session we will explain budgeting and cost management, including the use of earned value management. 

Day 4

Webinar 13: Risk and issue management

Every project has 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. 

Webinar 14: Quality and procurement

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 and control. We will also look at the role of a procurement strategy in project delivery and the different forms of contractual relationships and payment types as described in the APM Body of Knowledge. 

Webinar 15: Exam preparation, revision and setting of mock exam

Day 5

Exam preparation and revision

Online Exam

The APM PMQ exam is a 3 hour written exam. The pass mark is 55%. The APM PMQ exam is taken online via a proctoring service, where you will be observed by an invigilator whilst completing your exam. Your exam registration will be organised by Parallel, however it is the APM who will contact you directly with the login information, and a test link for the exam.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understanding the context in which projects are delivered including the effect of programmes and portfolios.
  • Understands the governance arrangements for projects. 
  • Preparing a business case for a project.
  • Preparing a project management plan.
  • Plan and manage project communications.
  • Understand the approaches to leadership and management.
  • Understand scope management.
  • Planning a project including preparing a project management plan.
  • Prepare project schedules, resource plans and budgets. 
  • Review and manage project risks
  • Manage project quality. 
  • Plan and execute project procurement. 
  • Confidently sit the APM Professional exam with a clear understanding of what is required to pass.
  • Explain the benefits of project management to you and your organisation.

What is Included in the Course?

This five-day training course includes a fantastic pre-course learning package with the following five main components;

  • 15 webinars over a 5-day tutor led course in which you will work through the content with a tutor with real project management experience, completing practice questions and exercises.
  • APM accredited e-learning modules – hours of lectures and exercises with a tutor guiding you right through the whole APM PMQ course.
  • A PMQ study guide written by Parallel Project Training. This is our definitive guide to the APM PMQ course and integrates with our distance learning and podcasts. It explains in simple terms what you need to know to pass the APM PMQ exam using easy to read language, including sample exam questions, and free templates for your use on your project. This study guide is delivered once you book the course so that you can start your preparation in advance.
  • Multiple APM PMQ Podcasts to listen to on your smart phone integrated with the study guide, covering all the hot topics for the APM PMQ Exam.
  • Online APM Project Management (PMQ) Exam.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites, but 1-2 experience working in a project environment is helpful in preparing for the exam.  The course includes a comprehensive pre-course study pack. This means that if you are relatively new to project management you can prepare thoroughly for the course before you arrive. 

Payment Options

We offer multiple options for payment;

1. Credit / Debit Card

2. Payment via invoice. During checkout for your course, select 'Offline Payment'. You will then receive an invoice from which you can pay. If you wish to add a Purchase Order number to your order, please enter this when prompted at checkout.