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APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

Course Details

Name APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
Description
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Location:
Birmingham
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Price:
£1435.00 +vat
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Residential:
Course ID:
458714

Overview

Special Notice

When courses are running during a bank holiday (4 day) week the exam will not be available on the final day and will have to be taken at a later date.

The Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (SCQF Level 7) is a knowledge-based qualification developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession, that allows candidates to demonstrate understanding of all elements of project management.

Candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how these elements interact and how their project fits into their strategic and commercial environment.

PMQ is an internationally recognised qualification, which can be carried from one job to another, or from one industry to another.

Included:

Pre-course reading

Key Learning Points

The examination is included within the course fee

Learning Objectives

Attendees of this course will learn how to:

  • Explain the internal and external contextual factors that influence the management and execution of projects.
  • List and describe the key activities that are undertaken in each phase of a generic project life cycle:
    • Concept
    • Definition
    • Development
    • Handover and closure
  • Explain the interpersonal skills that are practiced by the effective project manager

Pre-Requisites

The APM Project Management Qualification is aimed at those wishing to achieve a broad level of project management knowledge sufficient to participate in projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects.

Applicants typically have some pre-existing project management knowledge, and it is the ideal next step for anyone holding the APM Project Fundamentals (PFQ) qualification.

Delegates who are registered PRINCE2 Practitioners may wish to look at our 'PMQ for PRINCE2 Practitioners' course where a shorter route to PMQ is possible. With a shorter training course and exam, this route will save you time and money.

This is an intensive five-day course and it is typical for delegates to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of preparation.

Delegates are provided with access to our PMQ eLearning. A self-assessment document is also provided that can be used to help focus your preparation more effectively.

There are two examination routes for the qualification:

  • A three hour paper where candidates must answer ten from sixteen questions.

Or

  • For PRINCE2 Registered Practitioners a two hour paper that recognises prior learning. In this paper candidates must answer six from ten questions.

Full details of the examination process can be found in the guidance notes (https://www.apm.org.uk/media/5010/apmq-candidate-guide-may-2017.pdf).

Course Content

This highly interactive course covers the content of the PMQ syllabus, which is based on the APM Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition. The framework and tools that are covered provide a solid foundation for the successful delivery of a project, irrespective of industry sector.

Delegates will explore these tools through a number of facilitated individual and group-based exercises, providing ample opportunity for sharing experience and learning throughout the class.

In addition to the classroom sessions listed below, delegates will also be assigned evening work to help reinforce learning and prepare for the examination. The evening work is a key part of the course and may take approximately two hours to complete although some delegates may choose to extend this time.

Course Topics:

Context and Governance

The governance and setting of a project will heavily influence how it is managed. This section will cover topics such as:

  •   The difference between project and operational work
  •   Programme and portfolio management
  •   Project team roles
  •   The governance of a project across its life cycle

Concept Phase

It is essential that the need for a project is identified and understood before its viability can then be judged. This may involve:

  •   Identifying and managing stakeholders
  •   Creating a business case
  •   Assessing project success and benefits
  •   Procuring resources and contract management

Definition Phase

The definition phase is often where the project manager is most heavily involved and we look at a structured approach for planning the project - both in terms of what needs to be done and also how it will be done.

  •   Requirements and scope management
  •   Schedule and resource management
  •   Budgeting and cost management

Development Phase

Putting the plan into action will require the project manager to undertake many of the following actions.

  •   Project control, including cost control through earned value management
  •   Manage information and reports
  •   Risk and issue management
  •   Health and safety
  •   Quality management
  •   Change control and configuration management

Managing the Team

No project is successful without an engaged and committed team. This requires the project manager to utilise a number of interpersonal skills.

  •   Communication
  •   Conflict management
  •   Build and lead the team

Project Handover and Closure

Formal closure of a project will help ensure that the deliverables are handed over in a structured manner and that the team and the organisation has reviewed and learned from the performance on the project.

  •   Project handover
  •   Project reviews

Birmingham - Hill Street

Description:

Centre City Tower

  • Easy access from main travel routes
  • Spacious, comfortable air-conditioned classrooms
  • Drinks and snacks available
  • Internet access
  • Choice of hotels and accommodation available nearby
  • Compliance with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) building access requirements.

Location:

10th Floor
Centre City Tower
5-7 Hill Street
Birmingham
B5 4UA

 

Directions:

This Birmingham Training Centre is situated in the centre of Birmingham, close to New Street Station and Shopping Centre. The entrance is on Hill Street.


Travelling by Rail:

From Birmingham New Street Train Station:
From New Street Station turn right into Smallbrook Queensway and take the second right into Hill Street. The offices are on the right.


Travelling by Car:

Parking - A number of NCP car parks are within easy walking distance.


From M1/M6 North and South/M40 and M42 - Leave the M6 at Junction 6 onto the A38(M) Aston Expressway signposted Birmingham Central. Follow signs for City Centre until end of motorway then keep right onto flyover - signposted A38 Bromsgrove. Continue following A38 Bromsgrove signs under two underpasses. Take exit onto Suffolk Street (past the Alexandra Theatre) to Holloway Head island. Take first exit onto Smallbrook Queensway signposted Stratford A34 and Solihull A41. After 100m, immediately after the Holiday Inn, take the first left at traffic lights into Hill Street. Centre City Tower is on the right

 

From M5 - Leave motorway at Junction 3. Take third exit (A456) signposted City Centre. Follow City Centre signs for five miles along the Hagley Road to Five Ways. Keep left (ignore City Centre underpass sign and follow Other Routes) up to Five Ways Roundabout. Take third exit signposted Inner Ring Road South and East and New Street Station. Bear left onto B4127, following signs for New Street Station, past sports ground to first roundabout (Holloway Circus). Go straight over roundabout onto Smallbrook Queensway. After 100m, immediately after the Holiday Inn, lights into Hill Street. Centre City Tower is on the right.

This is an intensive five-day course and it is typical for delegates to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of preparation.

Delegates are provided with access to our PMQ eLearning. A self-assessment document is also provided that can be used to help focus your preparation more effectively.

Classroom delegates:

APM PMQ: The APM Project Management Qualification examination is scheduled for 1.00pm on the final day of the course. Key exam information:

  •   3 hours' duration
  •   Closed-book
  •   10 essay-based questions to be answered from a total of 16 questions; each answer is worth 50 marks
  •   Candidates are required to achieve a minimum of 275 marks out of 500 (55%) to pass

Please note: Delegates must bring photographic identification with them and present this to the invigilator on the exam day (e.g. passport, driving license, company secure access card, student card). Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification may result in a candidate being unable to sit the exam.

Virtual delegates:

Please note that for delegates attending virtually the APM PMQ exams must be taken in the classroom and are not available via Proctor U. Please contact the Customer Services Team who will liaise with you to secure attendance for you on a scheduled exam date. 

There are two examination routes for the qualification:

  •   A three hour paper where candidates must answer ten from sixteen questions.

Or

  •   For PRINCE2 Registered Practitioners a two hour paper that recognises prior learning. In this paper candidates must answer six from ten questions.

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