ELCAS: PMQ – APM Project Management Qualification Workshop

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    TIME: 09:00 to 17:00 GMT

    If you are looking for a comprehensive and internationally recognised qualification in project management, the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is the ideal choice. This is a knowledge-based qualification that covers all aspects of project management.

    Advance your project management career with the APM Project Management Qualification!

    About ELCAS: PMQ – APM Project Management Qualification Workshop


    Reasons to choose the APM PMQ

    The APM PMQ is designed for professionals at all stages of their project management career. Whether you are an entry-level project coordinator, a mid-level manager, or a senior executive, this qualification can propel your career forward. The APM PMQ is suitable for individuals working in various industries, from IT and construction to healthcare and finance.

    With APM’s Project Management Qualification, you will not only master the art and science of project management but also stand out in a competitive job market. Don’t miss your chance to join the ranks of the world’s most accomplished project management professionals. Elevate your career and become a project management trailblazer with APM PMQ. Your journey to project management excellence starts here!

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    About the APM PMQ

    This APM PMQ will compliment any of our other ELCAS funded qualifications. The course is run online using Microsoft Teams and training is delivered by one of our highly qualified and experienced IPSO FACTO training consultants. Our team will support you throughout your entire journey and offer help whenever its needed.

    This is a knowledge based qualification that will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge in all areas of project management. You will learn how elements of project management interact and how your projects fit into a strategic and commercial environment. The PMQ is recognised both nationally and internationally, giving you a qualification that can be carried from one job to another or from one industry to another.

    Target audience

    You’re considering a civilian career in project management and have experience of working in a project environment for two or more years. Or, you’re looking at the next level qualification after passing your APM PFQ exam, PRINCE2 Practitioner or AgilePM Practitioner exams.

    Assessment Form

    If you are considering joining this course please complete the assessment form.

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    Preparing for your APM PMQ and exam

    Your trainer will support you throughout the course and prepare you for your exam. The information below is key to what the APM examiners require from you.

    Should you take the PMQ course

    This 5-day course is intensive, especially if you have little project management experience. There will be self study each night including sample exam questions based on topics you’ve covered that day. The following morning your answers are evaluated and guidance provided where necessary. However, don’t be put off! Our trainer will be there to assist and this is a worthwhile, recognised project management qualification. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Course Pre-requisite

    There are no pre-requisites to taking the PMQ course, however, if you are new to project management or if you have less than 2 years experience in a project environment, then it is recommended that you to take either the APM PFQ, PRINCE2 Practitioner or AgilePM Practitioner prior to taking the PMQ.

    If you hold another project management qualification not listed, or if you’ve recently undertaken a high level academic qualification then please contact us.

    A typical PMQ course

    Our PMQ courses generally include a mixture of resettlement and civilian business candidates, with a varied range of knowledge and experience. The course is structured but informal always starting at 9am and finishing between 4 and 5pm. There will be two 15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon and approximately 45 minutes for lunch.

    During the course you will be encouraged to ask questions and join in discussions, and the more you get involved with the course the more you will get out of it. Training is delivered throughout the week with a mock exam on Friday afternoon. Your on-line PMQ exam can be taken when you’re ready, however, we recommend within 14 days of course completion. Just email IPSO FACTO with the date and time you wish to take the on-line exam and we will book this with the APM for you.

    ELCAS funding includes

    • Training
    • PMQ Exam
    • Course Materials

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    Book a place on this course

    Step 1:   Read the course outline, select course location and date from the drop down lists. Click “Make enquiry button”, and complete the form. Note our ELCAS number 4030, course title(s), course date(s) and course location (Southampton) for your resettlement forms.

    Step 2:   We’ll email you with a detailed acknowledgement of the course(s), and reserve a place for you. In addition, we’ll invoice the costs including your contribution, and include our terms and conditions.

    Step 3:   On receipt of your payment contribution, we’ll email joining instructions. Your pre-course materials will then be posted.

    Course Aims

    • To gain a project management training for resettlement into civilian life
    • To understand the APMs 12 core topics outlined in the course content
    • To pass the PMQ exam

    Course Objectives

    By the end of this level you will be able to:
    •  Apply knowledge of project management techniques in your projects
    •  Demonstrate an understanding of how projects fit within the organisation’s operations
    •  Understand the impact of the organisation’s structure on your projects
    •  Help plan a complex project
    •  Apply techniques such as risk analysis and quality control on your projects
    •  Recognise appropriate ways of leading, motivating and dealing with people in the project team
    •  Balance the required level of control against the need for efficiency

    APM PMQ course Syllabus

    1. Organisation and Project Structures:

    Organisations and projects can take on different structures, such as functional, matrix, or project-oriented. The Organisational Breakdown Structure (OBS) is instrumental in crafting the Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM), which helps define roles and responsibilities within a project. The Project Manager plays a crucial role in steering the project, distinct from the responsibilities of the Project Sponsor. Other key roles in project management include users, project team members, the project steering group/board, and the product owner. Different types of Project Management Offices (PMOs), such as project/programme/portfolio management offices, offer various functions and benefits. Governance in project management is vital, necessitating the use of policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures, and delegated responsibilities.

    2. Project Life Cycles:

    Projects can follow linear, iterative, or hybrid life cycles. Linear life cycles are structured into phases, while iterative cycles allow for revisiting and refining. The project life cycle is distinct from the extended life cycle, with the former focusing on project completion stages. Knowledge and information management play key roles in informing decision-making throughout a project’s life cycle. Regular reviews, including decision gates, benefits reviews, and audits, contribute to successful project outcomes. Projects may close early due to various reasons, emphasizing the need for adaptability and strategic decision-making.

    3. Situational Context of Projects:

    Distinguishing between projects and business as usual (BAU) sets the context for project management. Understanding the differences between project management, portfolio management, and programme management is essential. The relationship between programmes, projects, and strategic change is outlined, with programme management and portfolio management applied in appropriate situations. Tools and techniques like PESTLE and SWOT help in understanding factors influencing and impacting projects. The legal and regulatory environment significantly affects working conditions, risk management, governance, and sustainability in projects.

    4. Communication Within Project Management:

    Crafting a communication plan brings numerous benefits to a project, enhancing coordination and understanding. Stakeholder analysis is integral to an effective communication management plan, ensuring that the right messages reach the right audience. Positive and negative factors can influence communication within a project, emphasizing the need for clear and open channels. Identifying sources of conflict and employing conflict resolution methods, such as the Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, contribute to smoother project communication. Effective negotiation planning, including strategies and ‘Win Win,’ is crucial for addressing differences and reaching consensus.

    5. Principles of Leadership and Teamwork:

    Leadership styles impact team performance and motivation, drawing from models like Maslow, Herzberg, and McGregor. The adaptability of leadership styles is necessary to effectively support project management. Effective teams and teamwork exhibit specific characteristics and benefits, contributing to project success. Virtual teams face unique challenges influenced by factors like communication and coordination. Various models, including Belbin and Myers-Briggs influence team creation, development, and leadership.

    6. Planning for Success:

    A robust business case is essential throughout the project life cycle, providing a foundation for decision-making. Benefits management involves identifying, defining, planning, tracking, and realizing project benefits. Investment appraisal techniques, such as Internal Rate of Return (IRR) and Net Present Value (NPV), assist project managers in making financially sound decisions. Information management processes encompass the collection, storage, curation, dissemination, archiving, and destruction of information. Successful project outcomes are ensured by reporting on critical factors and managing stakeholder expectations. Earned value management aids project managers in assessing project performance, interpreting data, and implementing contingency plans when needed.

    7. Project Scope Management:

    Defining project scope involves specifying outputs, outcomes, and benefits, often organized through product, cost, and work breakdown structures. Requirements management processes, including gathering, analysis, justification, and baseline needs, establish project scope. Scope is effectively managed through configuration management processes, including planning, identification, control, status accounting, and verification audit. A change control process encompasses stages like request, initial evaluation, detailed evaluation, recommendation, updating plans, and implementation.

    8. Schedule and Resource Optimization:

    Creating and maintaining a project schedule involves utilizing tools like Gantt charts and understanding critical paths. Critical path and critical chain scheduling techniques offer different perspectives on project timelines. Resources are categorized and allocated differently in linear and iterative life cycle schedules. Resource smoothing and leveling techniques help balance resource allocation. Cost planning approaches vary for iterative and linear life cycles, ensuring effective financial management.

    9. Project Procurement:

    Developing a procurement strategy is essential, outlining the purpose, typical content, and importance of procurement activities. Different methods of supplier reimbursement, such as fixed price, cost plus fee, per unit quantity, and target cost, cater to various project needs. Various contractual relationships exist between project managers and suppliers, requiring careful consideration. The supplier selection process involves evaluating potential partners based on specific criteria.

    10. Risk and Issue Management:

    A comprehensive risk management process involves identifying, analyzing, responding to, and closing out risks. Proactive and reactive responses to risk, including avoidance, reduction, transfer, acceptance, exploitation, enhancement, sharing, and rejection, are critical for project success. Effective risk management brings numerous benefits, minimizing uncertainties. Issue management involves addressing challenges and obstacles as they arise, ensuring a smoother project flow.

    11. Quality in the Context of a Project:

    Quality planning is an integral part of project management, ensuring that project outcomes meet predefined standards. Distinguishing between quality control and quality assurance helps maintain high standards throughout the project life cycle. Quality control involves monitoring and validating project deliverables, while quality assurance focuses on the processes that produce those deliverables. Implementing effective quality management practices contributes to project success.

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