Overview

The attainment of accreditations offered by professional bodies such as the Association for Project Management (APM) is increasingly recognised as an indicator of competence in project management.

The APM Project Management qualification (PMQ), is a knowledge-based qualification developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how all elements of project management interact and how your project fits into your strategic and commercial environment. This course is aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge version 7.

This intensive eLearning course provides learners with comprehensive knowledge and understanding to prepare them for the PMQ examination (based on the APM Body of Knowledge, 7th Edition).

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Prerequisites

This eLearning course is aimed at anyone with pre-existing project management knowledge, and it is the ideal next step for anyone holding the APM Project Fundamentals qualification (PFQ).

Learners should have experience of working in a project environment and have a basic understanding of project management issues.

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Objectives

  1. Understand how organisations and projects are structured
  2. Understand project lifecycles
  3. Understand the situational context of projects
  4. Understand communication within project management
  5. Understand the principles of leadership and teamwork
  6. Understand planning for success
  7. Understand project scope management
  8. Understand schedule and resource optimisation
  9. Understand project procurement
  10. Understand risk and issue management in the context of project management
  11. Understand quality in the context of a project
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Outline

This course covers provides comprehensive coverage of the PMQ syllabus aligned to the Body of Knowledge 7. The PMQ syllabus contains:

  • 11 learning outcomes (above)
  • 73 assessment criteria – the specific topics you are required to know

The PMQ syllabus showing full topic coverage is available on the APM website.

The way our course is structured is that it follows a lifecycle approach, rather than following the sections in the PMQ syllabus. Our structure enables you to understand how the tools, skills and techniques are applied at each phase of a project.

A full breakdown of subject areas is provided below:

  • Projects and project management
  • Programme and portfolio management
  • Temporary structures (matrix, functional and project)
  • Governance
  • Lifecycles (including: linear, iterative and hybrid life cycles)
  • Sponsorship
  • PMO
  • Reviews
  • Implementing strategy
  • Regulatory environment
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Business case
  • Success and Benefits
  • Investment decisions
  • Procurement
  • Negotiation
  • Requirements management
  • Scope management
  • Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Resource optimisation
  • Cost planning
  • Deployment baseline (the Project Management Plan)
  • Risk management
  • Information management
  • Knowledge management
  • Progress monitoring and reporting
  • Issue management
  • Quality management
  • Change control
  • Configuration management
  • Teams
  • Team development
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Conflict management
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