Course 2. PMQ Qualification

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Programme

The APM Project Management Qualification is the flagship project management qualification from the Association for Project Management. It is widely recognised acorss many sectors and industries in the UK. The APM PMQ establishes a solid foundation in project management behaviours, skills, processes and tools. All of our courses from August onwards will be running according to the updated PMQ syllabus and new multi-format exam.
£1,650.00

Description

The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) 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. 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.

Having traditionally run this course over 5 consecutive days in one week, we have restructured the programme to run for 5 consecutive weeks, one day a week. This allows delegates more time between sessions to revise and consolidate their learning. This course runs 1 day a week for 5 weeks, with an exam booked for you on week 6.

Week 1 - Day 1 -  Structures, lifecycles and communicaiton

Week 2 - Day 2 - Leadership, teamwork and the business case

Week 3 - Day 3 - Project planning, scheduling and risk management

Week 4 - Day 4 - Quality, procurement and mock exam

Week 5 - Day 5 - Exam prep day, including mock exam feedback

Week 6 - Exam - You sit the PMQ exam

Please see 'Session Information' under each course for specific dates.

The training sessions are run online, live, by our tutors. The training will incorporate lectures, group work, exercises and written resources to deliver an interactive learning experience.

After registering for your chosen date you will be emailed joining instruction with a link to join the course.

 

03
Jul
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
6 weeks
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
  • Day 1 - Structures, lifecycles and Communications

    Wed 03 Jul 09:00 - Wed 03 Jul 17:00

  • Day 2 - Leadership, Teamwork and the Business Case

    Wed 10 Jul 09:00 - Wed 10 Jul 17:00

  • Day 3 - Project Management Plan, Scheduling, Risk Management

    Wed 17 Jul 09:00 - Wed 17 Jul 17:00

  • Day 4 - Quality, Procurement, Exam Prep and Mock Exam

    Wed 24 Jul 09:00 - Wed 24 Jul 17:00

  • Day 5 - Exam Prep Day

    Wed 31 Jul 09:00 - Wed 31 Jul 17:00

  • Exam Session

    Wed 07 Aug 13:00 BST - Wed 07 Aug 17:00 BST

05
Aug
Mon 09:00 - 17:00
6 weeks
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
  • Day 1 - Structures, lifecycles and Communications

    Mon 05 Aug 09:00 - Mon 05 Aug 17:00

  • Day 2 - Leadership, Teamwork and the Business Case

    Mon 12 Aug 09:00 - Mon 12 Aug 17:00

  • Day 3 - Project Management Plan, Scheduling, Risk Management

    Mon 19 Aug 09:00 - Mon 19 Aug 17:00

  • Day 4 - Quality, Procurement, Exam Prep and Mock Exam

    Tue 27 Aug 09:00 - Tue 27 Aug 17:00

  • Day 5 - Exam Prep Day

    Mon 02 Sep 09:00 - Mon 02 Sep 17:00

  • Exam Session

    Mon 09 Sep 13:00 BST - Mon 09 Sep 17:00 BST

12
Sep
Thu 09:00 - 17:00
6 weeks
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
  • Day 1 - Structures, lifecycles and Communications

    Thu 12 Sep 09:00 - Thu 12 Sep 17:00

  • Day 2 - Leadership, Teamwork and the Business Case

    Thu 19 Sep 09:00 - Thu 19 Sep 17:00

  • Day 3 - Project Management Plan, Scheduling, Risk Management

    Thu 26 Sep 09:00 - Thu 26 Sep 17:00

  • Day 4 - Quality, Procurement, Exam Prep and Mock Exam

    Thu 03 Oct 09:00 - Thu 03 Oct 17:00

  • Day 5 - Exam Prep Day

    Thu 10 Oct 09:00 - Thu 10 Oct 17:00

  • Exam Session

    Thu 17 Oct 13:00 BST - Thu 17 Oct 17:00 BST

09
Oct
Wed 09:00 - 17:00
6 weeks
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
  • Day 1 - Structures, lifecycles and Communications

    Wed 09 Oct 09:00 - Wed 09 Oct 17:00

  • Day 2 - Leadership, Teamwork and the Business Case

    Wed 16 Oct 09:00 - Wed 16 Oct 17:00

  • Day 3 - Project Management Plan, Scheduling, Risk Management

    Wed 23 Oct 09:00 - Wed 23 Oct 17:00

  • Day 4 - Quality, Procurement, Exam Prep and Mock Exam

    Wed 30 Oct 09:00 - Wed 30 Oct 17:00

  • Day 5 - Exam Prep Day

    Wed 06 Nov 09:00 - Wed 06 Nov 17:00

  • Exam Session

    Wed 13 Nov 13:00 GMT - Wed 13 Nov 17:00 GMT

    11
    Nov
    Mon 09:00 - 17:00
    6 weeks
    • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
    • Day 1 - Structures, lifecycles and Communications

      Mon 11 Nov 09:00 - Mon 11 Nov 17:00

    • Day 2 - Leadership, Teamwork and the Business Case

      Wed 20 Nov 09:00 - Wed 20 Nov 17:00

    • Day 3 - Project Management Plan, Scheduling, Risk Management

      Wed 27 Nov 09:00 - Wed 27 Nov 17:00

    • Day 4 - Quality, Procurement, Exam Prep and Mock Exam

      Wed 04 Dec 09:00 - Wed 04 Dec 17:00

    • Day 5 - Exam Prep Day

      Wed 11 Dec 09:00 - Wed 11 Dec 17:00

    • Exam Session

      Wed 18 Dec 13:00 GMT - Wed 18 Dec 17:00 GMT

    18
    Nov
    Mon 09:00 - 17:00
    6 weeks
    • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
    • Day 1 - Structures, lifecycles and Communications

      Mon 18 Nov 09:00 - Mon 18 Nov 17:00

    • Day 2 - Leadership, Teamwork and the Business Case

      Mon 25 Nov 09:00 - Mon 25 Nov 17:00

    • Day 3 - Project Management Plan, Scheduling, Risk Management

      Mon 02 Dec 09:00 - Mon 02 Dec 17:00

    • Day 4 - Quality, Procurement, Exam Prep and Mock Exam

      Mon 09 Dec 09:00 - Mon 09 Dec 17:00

    • Day 5 - Exam Prep Day

      Mon 16 Dec 09:00 - Mon 16 Dec 17:00

    • Exam Session

      Mon 23 Dec 13:00 GMT - Mon 23 Dec 17:00 GMT

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Topics Covered

Day 1 - Week 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.

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.

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. 

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 - Week 2

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 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. 

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. 

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 - Week 3

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. 

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.

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. 

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 - Week 4

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. 

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. 

Exam preparation, revision and setting of mock exam

Day 5 - Week 5

Exam preparation and revision

Day 6 - Week 6

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

  • To understanding the context in which projects are delivered including the effect of programmes and portfolios.
  • To understand the governance arrangements for projects. 
  • To know how to prepare a business case for a project.
  • To know how to prepare a project management plan.
  • To know how to plan and manage project communications.
  • To understand the approaches to leadership and management.
  • To 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 this course?

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.

 

Our APM accredited e-learning modules – hours of lectures and exercises with a tutor guiding you right through the whole APM PMQ course.

 

Our APM Project Management Qualification study guide written by Parallel Project Training. This study guide is delivered once you book the course so that you can start your preparation in advance.

 

A full series of APM PMQ Podcasts to listen to, integrated with the study guide, covering all the hot topics for the APM PMQ Exam.

 

Weekly homework, marked by tutors with feedback on exam technique.

 

The online APM Project Management (PMQ) Exam.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites, but 1-2 years' 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. 

Payments

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.

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