Overview

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 with extensive experience of applying the APM approach, the course ensures that you gain sufficient understanding to be confident in the practical application of project management as an informed team member.

Target Audience

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.

Once purchased, the Video Based Learning and associated exam are active for a 12-month period only, you are required to have sat your exam within this timeframe.

Key Examination Information

Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Examination (One-hour multiple choice examination).

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Leaning Outcomes

  • 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
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Course Outline

The Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification eLearning course follows the syllabus provided by APM, which is built around the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition. The eLearning course provides delegates with a broad understanding of the underpinning tools, techniques and principles that are fundamental to successful project delivery.

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
  • Estimating methods (including analytical, comparative, parametric), estimating funnel
  • 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)
  • Resource management
  • 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

Communication

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
  • Teamwork models
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What's included

  • Exam included
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