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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

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    Course Details:

    Duration: 2 days

    Price: TBC

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    For course dates and more information please call 01844 211665

Who is this course for?

The Association for Project Management’s Project Fundamentals Qualification is aimed at those wishing to gain an oversight of projects and project management. This includes those intending to enter the field of project management but also others – business analysts, solution developers, change professionals, business architects and business managers – who need to understand the principles of project management and how it interacts with other disciplines.

About the course

This course provides an overview of the field of project management and introduces the principles, practices and techniques used by project managers. It is based on the APM Body of Knowledge, a repository of best practice in the project management field.

How is the course structured?
  • Introduction to the course
  • The project environment
  • Project concept
  • Defining and delivering business benefit
  • Project planning
  • Estimating
  • Planning networks and charts
  • Teams, leadership and motivation
  • Risk management
  • Managing quality in projects
  • The project management plan
  • Project monitoring, control and reporting
  • Project transition
  • APM examination
Course manual

For virtual courses, a printed copy of the latest edition of the comprehensive course manual will be sent to your home address in good time for the start of your course. Our delegates tell us that having access to a physical document is beneficial as both a reference document and for taking notes during the course. In addition, a link will be emailed to you to enable you to access an electronic copy of the same comprehensive manual for convenient future reference.

Is there an exam?

Yes. During this two-day course, you will receive all the training you need to prepare for the APM Project Fundamentals multiple-choice examination, which is a one-hour test with 40 questions. This examination can be taken at the end of the course, at an open session organised by APM, or online.

At present, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all candidates must take the exam online.

Anything else?

A comprehensive course manual is provided and the course can be tailored to reflect the emphasis required by the customer.

What’s next?

The next step on APM’s project management development path is the APM Project Management Qualification, courses for which are also offered by AssistKD.

Full course outline

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (two-day course)

Course content

The project environment

  • Definition of a project and project management
  • The project management process
  • Projects versus business-as-usual
  • Project management in IT projects
  • Projects and programmes
  • Programme management and portfolio management
  • The concept of a project lifecycle and lifecycles comparedLifecycles compared

Project concept

  • Importance of starting a project properly
  • Understanding the business context
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Roles and responsibilities in projects
  • Project governance
  • Documenting the concept stage
  • Project Initiation Document (PID)

Defining and delivering business benefits

  • The business case
  • The business case in the project lifecycle
  • Contents of a business case
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Financial aspects of the business case (payback, DCF/NPV, IRR)
  • Benefits management and benefits realisation
  • Critical success factors and key performance indicators

Project planning

  • The planning process
  • Work breakdowns and product breakdowns (WBS and PBS)
  • Types of product or deliverable
  • Work packages
  • Cost breakdown structure (CBS) and cost planning
  • Organisational breakdown structure (OBS)
  • Estimating

Definition of an estimate

  • Estimating accuracy
  • Bottom-up (analytical) estimating
  • Comparative (analogous) estimating
  • Parametric estimating
  • Contingency
  • Estimating project costs

Planning networks and charts

  • The scheduling process
  • Constructing a dependency network
  • Developing a bar (Gantt) chart
  • Creating a resource histogram
  • Iterative lifecycles
  • Milestones and baselines
  • Procurement and procurement strategies

Teams, leadership and motivation

  • Definition of a team
  • The elements of an effective team
  • The Belbin team types and their use
  • How teams develop – the Tuckman model
  • Motivation theories – Maslow and Hertzberg
  • Management style
  • Leadership
  • Conflict management
  • Virtual teams

Project risk management

  • Risk defined
  • The risk management process
  • Risk identification and assessment
  • Planning risk responses
  • Managing the risk management process
  • The risk map
  • Risks and issues

Managing quality in projects

  • Definition of quality
  • The quality plan – purpose and content
  • Quality control and quality assurance defined and explained
  • Configuration management defined and explained

The project management plan

  • Definition of a project management plan
  • The project management plans in relation to other plans
  • Contents of a project management plan
  • Deployment baseline
  • Updating the plans

Project monitoring, control and reporting

  • The need for monitoring and control
  • The principles of monitoring progress
  • The control loop
  • Managing project scope – change control
  • Managing issues
  • Reporting progress
  • The communications plan

Project transition

  • Introduction
  • Project completion, handover and acceptance
  • Administrative closure of projects
  • Early closure of a project
  • Post-project review and benefits review

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Presenters for this course

Ian Glenister
Ian Glenister