APM PMQ online training course summary

This fully accredited APM PMQ online training course is aligned to the Association for Project Management’s Project Management Qualification (IPMA level D) syllabus and exam. The APM PMQ online course is designed to provide a broad level of project management knowledge, giving existing or aspiring project management professionals all the information they need to have confidence in approaching the management of projects large or small. The content discusses the terminology, tools and techniques and extends to provide a deeper perspective, facilitating an understanding of the reasons for their use as well as the benefits of doing so.

The APM PMQ is recognised both nationally and internationally and provides a solid understanding of the current best practice methodology.

Learning Outcomes

Participants completing this course will be able to:

  • Understand how organisations and projects are structured.
  • Follow and justify the project life cycle.
  • Evaluate the contexts and environments in which projects can be delivered.
  • Understand governance of project management and the use of structured methodologies.
  • Provide effective and appropriate communication within a project management.
  • Make use of the principles of leadership and teamwork.
  • Understand planning for success.
  • Define and Manage project scope effectively.
  • Produce a schedule and use resource management techniques.
  • Understand project procurement.
  • Successfully Identify and manage risks and issues
  • Understand project quality management.

Training Method

Our online study aid, ‘i-Knowledge’, is an innovative and interactive platform designed to allow delegates to work through the content at their own pace and fit their study around other commitments. Full support is provided alongside the tool, whereby questions can be posed and answered, guaranteed to be answered within two working days.

There are then several options for how to complete the programme- a 1.5 day exam prep workshop followed by the APM PMQ exam or an application workshop to apply the knowledge with the support of a facilitator. Combining the latest online learning system with experienced course facilitators, this course puts you in an ideal place to pass the APM PMQ.

Who should take the course?

This course is designed for project managers, project team members, other managers and all those who would benefit from exposure to best practice in project management.

  • Existing project managers keen to experience best practice as defined by the APM.
  • New project managers looking to add new weapons to their project management armoury.
  • Project team members who wish to better understand the responsibilities and activities involved in project management.
  • Project team members who wish to progress into a career as a project manager.

APM PMQ Blended learning – preparing for and taking the exam

20|20 offer an APM PMQ Blended Learning package. This combines the best of both worlds – you study for the APM PMQ in your own time and at your own pace, and then spend two days in the classroom at an exam preparation and exam workshop. The APM PMQ exam is taken at the end of the second day. The price for the APM PMQ Blended Learning package is £1,325 + VAT and that includes the fee that the APM charge for the exam.

Contact marketing@2020businessgroup.com or call 0808 168 2020 for more information or to book your APM PMQ Blended Learning package.

Course Content

Project context and environments

  • Distinguish between projects and business as usual.
  • Differentiate between project management and portfolio and programme management.
  • Determine the characteristics of programme management, its relationship with strategic change and the challenges a project manager may face working within a programme.
  • Determine where the use of portfolio management may be appropriate and the role of portfolio management over projects.
  • Determine how environmental factors affect projects (including the sector, geography and regulation) and apply tools and techniques used to assess a project’s context (including PESTLE, SWOT).
  • Demonstrate the importance of relevant legislation applicable to projects (such as health and safety, environmental, employment, contract, data protection, freedom of information).

Governance of project management and the use of structured methodologies

  • Determine the principles of governance of project management (such as policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities) and how project management methodologies can be used to support the governance structure.
  • Determine the advantages of using standard project management methodologies across an organisation.

Project life cycles

  • Define a project life cycle and project life cycle phases (including concept, definition, development, handover and closure and benefits realisation).
  • Establish why projects are structured as phases (including the use of end of phase reviews, go/no go decisions and high level planning).
  • Determine the differences between a project life cycle and an extended life cycle.
  • Define processes for sharing knowledge and lessons learned throughout projects.
  • Determine the benefits of conducting reviews throughout the project life cycle (including project evaluation reviews, gate reviews, post project reviews, peer reviews, benefits reviews and audits).

How organisations and projects are structured

  • Differentiate between types of organisation structures highlighting advantages and disadvantages of each (including functional, matrix, project).
  • Demonstrate the way in which an organisational breakdown structure is used to create a responsibility assignment matrix.
  • Determine the role and key responsibilities of the project manager.
  • Differentiate between the responsibilities of the project manager and project sponsor throughout the project life cycle.
  • Distinguish between other roles within project management including users, project team members and the project steering group/board.
  • Determine the functions and benefits of different types of project office (including project support office (PSO), enterprise project management office {EPMO}, project services or centres of excellence).

Planning for Success

  • Determine the purpose of a business case and its importance during the project life cycle.
  • Determine who has authorship and approval of the business case.
  • Examine benefits management (including success criteria and key performance indicators and their uses in measuring project success).
  • Determine the use of payback, Internal Rate of Return and Net Present Value as investment appraisal techniques.
  • Define an information management system (including collection, analysis, storage, dissemination, archiving, and destruction of information).
  • Define a typical project reporting cycle including the gathering of data and dissemination of reports and the principles of reporting by exception.
  • Define the purpose of the project management plan, its importance throughout the project life cycle, the typical contents and its authorship, approval and audience.
  • Analyse estimating techniques (including analytical, comparative, parametric, three-point, PERT formulae).
  • Determine the reasons for and benefits of re-estimating through the project life cycle and the concept of the estimating funnel.
  • Demonstrate the stakeholder management processes.
  • Determine the importance of managing stakeholders’ expectations.
  • Analyse advantages and disadvantages of earned value management and perform calculations and interpret earned value data.

Communication within project management

  • Determine the purpose and key contents of a project communication plan and the benefits of its use.
  • Demonstrate the importance of effective communication in managing different stakeholders.
  • Compare factors which can positively or negatively affect communication.
  • Compare sources of conflict within the project life cycle and ways in which it can be addressed (such as Blake and Mouton, Thomas/Kilmann and Pruitt).
  • Determine how to plan and conduct different negotiations (including formal, informal, competitive and collaborative).

Project scope management

  • Determine scope in terms of outputs, outcomes and benefits (including use of product breakdown and work breakdown structures).
  • Determine how to manage scope through requirements management processes (such as capture, analysis, justifying requirements, baseline needs) configuration management processes (such as planning, identification, control, status accounting, audit and verification).
  • Differentiate between the different stages of change control (such as request, review, assessment, decision, implementation).
  • Quantify the relationship between change control and configuration management, and the concept of change freeze.
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of a change control process.

Schedule and resource management

  • Determine the process for creating and maintaining a schedule.
  • Employ different techniques for depicting a schedule (including network diagrams, critical path analysis, Gantt chart, milestone chart).
  • Examine advantages and disadvantages of using software scheduling tools.
  • Determine categories and types of resources (such as human resources, consumable and re-usable equipment, materials, space).
  • Define how resources are allocated to a schedule.
  • Differentiate between resource smoothing and resource levelling.
  • Determine what is meant by budgeting and cost control.

Project Procurement

  • Determine the purpose, typical content and importance of a procurement strategy.
  • Distinguish between different methods of supplier reimbursement (including fixed price, cost plus fee, per unit quantity, target cost).
  • Distinguish between different contractual relationships.
  • Illustrate a supplier selection process.

The principles of leadership and teamwork

  • Determine typical leadership qualities.
  • Determine the principles and importance of motivation.
  • Define the impact of leadership on team performance and motivation (using models such as Maslow, Herzberg and McGregor).
  • Define the benefits of adapting styles of leadership within a project (such as situational leadership, action centred leadership).
  • Define the characteristics and benefits of effective teams and teamwork.
  • Determine factors involved in the creation, development and management of teams (models such as Belbin, Margerison-McCann, Myers- Briggs, Tuckman, Katzenbach and Smith).

Risk management and issue management

  • Analyse each stage in a risk management process (such as initiate, identify, assess, plan and implement responses).
  • Compare the responses to risk in terms of risk as a threat or opportunity (such as avoid, reduce, transfer or accept and exploit, enhance, share or reject).
  • Determine the benefits of project risk management.
  • Distinguish between risks and issues.
  • Determine the advantages and disadvantages of risk and issue escalation.

Project quality management

  • Define quality management and the four elements of managing quality of quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and continual improvement.
  • Determine the benefits of the quality management process.

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