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APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

Course Details

Name APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
Description
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Location:
Leeds
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Price:
£1435.00 +vat
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Residential:
Course ID:
461775

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

Leeds - Brown Lane

Description:

Facilities include: 
  • easy access from main communications routes.
  • on-site car parking.
  • spacious, comfortable air-conditioned classrooms.
  • on-site examination testing.
  • hot and cold drinks available, plus snacks.
  • choice of lunch options.
  • newspapers and magazines available in break-out areas.
  • free telephone and Internet access.
  • widescreen TV, with Sky, in break-out areas.
  • choice of hotels and accommodation available nearby

Location:

Islington House
Brown Lane West
Leeds
LS12 6BD

 

Directions:

By Car:

From North
Exit A1 near Wetherby and follow the A58 signposted Leeds for approximately 12 miles. Cross the outer ring road and proceed a further 3 miles to a major intersection on the outskirts of Leeds. Follow signs towards M621, joining Leeds inner ring road and proceed through a tunnel as far as the Armley Gyratory roundabout. Keep in the left hand lane and take the first exit signposted A58/A62. Take next left turn signposted A58/A62 and pass Readmans store on the left. Take 4th exit from the next roundabout (effectively a South 90 degree right turn!). Follow a short stretch of dual carriageway to the next roundabout, turning right and climbing alongside railway arches on left. At the next roundabout turn left, signposted A58, then turn left into Brown Lane West (‘Leeds Climbing Wall’ and ‘The Rolls Royce/Aston Martin Dealership’ are on your right). The Training Centre is on the left approximately 150m down the road.

From South
Follow M1 which becomes M621 and leave M621 at junction 1, signposted A6110 (Leeds Outer Ring Road). At roundabout take 3rd exit, signposted Pudsey, Bradford and Airport, passing under M621, then immediately select right hand lane to turn right at next set of traffic lights, following signs for A62 Leeds. Proceed straight over the next mini-roundabout with new enterprise park on right and look for the ’Leeds Climbing Wall’ and ‘The Rolls Royce/Aston Martin Dealership’ on the left and the ‘Next’ building on right (after 600 metres). Turn right into Brown Lane West opposite the Leeds Climbing Wall. The Training Centre is on the left approximately 150m down the road.

From East
Exit M62 at junction 28 (A653) and follow signs for Leeds. Pass straight over 2 roundabouts, passing the White Rose Centre on left. Join Leeds ring road (A6110) and proceed straight over another roundabout and then straight through traffic lights (‘City West’ business centre with PC World and B & Q on left). Join main roundabout and take 2nd exit (straight over and signposted Pudsey, Bradford and Airport) then immediately select right hand lane to turn right at set of traffic lights, following signs for A62 Leeds. Proceed straight over next mini-roundabout with new enterprise park on right and look for the ’Leeds Climbing Wall’ and ‘The Rolls Royce/Aston Martin Dealership’ on the left and the ‘Next’ building on right (after 600 metres). Turn right into Brown Lane West opposite the Leeds Climbing Wall. The Training Centre is on the left approximately 150m down the road.

From West
Exit M62 at junction 27 following M621 to junction 1. Take first exit from roundabout (A6110) then immediately select right hand lane to turn right at next set of traffic lights, following signs for A62 Leeds. Proceed straight over next mini-roundabout with new enterprise park on right and look for the ‘Leeds Climbing Wall’ and ‘The Rolls Royce/Aston Martin Dealership’ on the left and ‘Next’ building on right (after 600 metres). Turn right into Brown Lane West opposite the Leeds Climbing Wall. The Training Centre is on the left approximately 150m down the road.

By Rail:

Leeds central station is a 10 minute taxi ride or 45 minute walk

By Air:

Leeds/Bradford airport is approximately 45 minutes by car

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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