The achievement of the Association for Project Management (APM) 'Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification' is an excellent way to demonstrate a basic awareness of project management and how projects differ from 'business as usual' activities. Delivered by fully accredited trainers and industry leading experts with extensive experience of applying the APM approach, the course ensures that delegates gain sufficient understanding to be confident in the practical application of project management as an informed team member.
This course is suitable for those looking to gain an understanding of project management, or those who are not directly involved in project management but who wish to become familiar with project management processes and key terms.
It is also ideal for project managers as a pre-cursor to more advanced certification such as the APMP: The APM Project Management Qualification.
The APM Introductory Certificate exam is scheduled at a convenient time to this course. Please contact us to discuss availability and pricing quoting code FPMEX-3 .
The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) is a basic or entry level qualification and is particularly suitable for:
Those who are new to project management who want to gain an understanding of the principles of project management as laid down in the Association for Project Management's Body of Knowledge.
Project team members with no project management training who would like to understand standard project management terminology and who wish to obtain the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ).
A primary focus of this intensive course is to prepare you to successfully pass the examination. If you are looking for a more practical course enabling greater opportunities for project simulation and hands on exercises then you may wish to consider our course An Introduction to Effective Project Management.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
Differentiate between project management and the operating environment
Define the management structure by which projects operate
Apply project management planning
Describe project scope management
Contribute to scheduling and resource management
Apply risk management and issue management
Define project quality management
Manage communication in the project environment
Recognise the importance of stakeholder management
Explain principles of leadership and teamwork
This is an intensive two-day course and delegates will be expected to undertake around 10 hours pre-course work in order to be fully prepared. Delegates will be provided with pre-course reading by email prior to attending the course. Success on the course will be enhanced by close attention to the pre-reading materials.
The Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification course follows the syllabus provided by APM, which is built around the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition. The course provides delegates with a broad understanding of the underpinning tools, techniques and principles that are fundamental to successful project delivery.
The course is intensive and therefore delegates are also advised to undertake some revision work in the evening to prepare for the Introductory Certificate examination that will be taken at the end of the course. The additional work required during evenings will comprise consolidation reading and mock examination questions
Project Management and the Operating Environment
Projects are undertaken in a unique environment. Delegates are introduced to the factors that shape that environment.
Differences between a project and business as usual
Purpose and core components of project management and the benefits of effective project management
Programme and portfolio management
Project environment and the PESTLE acronym
Use and phases of a typical project life cycle and reasons for structuring projects into phases
Roles and responsibilities of: project manager, project sponsor, project steering group/board, project team members, project office and end users
Project Management Planning
Delegates are introduced to the principles and techniques of effective project planning from the outset.
Purpose and the typical content of a business case, including benefits
Purpose and production of a project management plan
Stakeholders, stakeholder management and stakeholder analysis
Success criteria, success factors and the use of KPIs
Purpose and benefits of project reporting
Project scope management, including product and work breakdown structures and Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM) with RACI
Configuration management and change control
Different approaches to scheduling (including critical path analysis, Gantt (bar) charts, baselines and milestones)
Procurement within the context of project management
Risk management and issue management
Project risk management process and the use of a risk register
Issue and issue management and the use of an issue log
In addition to understanding the tools and techniques of project management the key aspects of engaging with people are covered.
Definition and methods of communication
Barriers to effective communication
The communication plan
Leadership and teamwork
Role of project team leader
Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Examination (not included in price of this course)
If delegates want to sit the exam, please call us to book and enquire about pricing quoting code FPMEX-3
Key exam information:
60 multiple-choice questions
60% pass mark
Throughout the Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification course, delegates will be provided with lots of examples of examination questions. There will be a number of exercises and 'question-and-answer' sessions that will help to consolidate the learning, thereby ensuring that delegates are more than adequately prepared for the final examination.
If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.
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