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The APM Professional qualification is an opportunity for all Project Managers to benefit by achieving the only qualification that has gained broad acceptance within the UK and international recognition through the International Project Managers Association (IPMA).

The APMP gives those with up to two years experience a fundamental knowledge of what is needed to manage any successful project. It is recognised across the project management industry as the foundation qualification for project professionals and APMP is the qualification that will enable you to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge of what is required to manage a successful project and is the benchmark qualification for anyone embarking on a project management career, or looking to add project management to their portfolio of skills

Course Description


This course aims to prepare those who already have a good level of knowledge in project management to pass the APMP (Association for Project Management) examination.

The course material is based on the APM “Body of Knowledge” and attendees will take part in a series of intensive coaching sessions addressing all the main topics covered by the APMP examination in a structured and consistent way. The sessions will include presentations, exercises and sample examination papers.

Typically, attendees will also be provided with a comprehensive set of papers relating to more complex topics. Sufficient time is allowed within the timetable for private study or facilitated revision.

Course Objectives

o To provide delegates with a clear understanding of the APM Body of Knowledge.
o To prepare delegates for the APMP examinations.

Typical  Course Content

o Introduction to Project Management
o Project Management.
o Programme Management.
o Project Success Criteria.
o The Project Environment
o Project Environment Context.
o Health, Safety & Environment.
o Organisation Structure.
o Organisational Roles.
o Information Management.
o High Level Planning
o Business Case.
o Strategy/Project Management Plan.
o Work Content & Scope Management.
o Life-cycle Design & Management.
o Detailed Planning
o Time Scheduling/Phasing.
o Resource Management. o Estimating.
o Budgeting & Cost Management.
o Project Control
o Earned Value Management.
o Procurement.
o Risk Management.
o Quality Management.
o Change Control.
o Configuration Management.
o Management & Leadership
o Teamwork.
o Leadership.
o Communication.
o Conflict Management.
o Negotiation.
o Closing a Project
o Hand-over.
o (Post) Project Evaluation Review.
o APMP Examination preparation.

Who will the course benefit?

It is designed for Project Management professionals in any industry. It is appropriate for people working in the management of projects ranging from individual assignments through to large capital projects or company organisational changes.

o People involved in the delivery of successful outcomes across a range of projects

o Senior Project Managers and Project Managers

o Those wanting to achieve the only nationally recognised project management qualification that is not sector or industry specific

What will delegates gain?

Candidates awarded the APMP qualification will be able to
o Create a structured project development strategy.
o Implement appropriate project management procedures.
o Use a variety of approaches to analysing project content.
o Build, lead and manage a multi-functional project team.
o Establish measurable success criteria.
o Construct a project budget and use it to control project costs.
o Monitor progress using Earned Value Analysis.
o Use appropriate tools to manage quality.
o Understand the implications of relevant health and safety regulations.
o Understand the interfaces with related disciplines.
o Demonstrate an understanding of how all the elements of the project process interact
o Understand how their project fits into the strategic and commercial environment


What is Assessed ?

The APMP assesses the candidate’s breadth of knowledge in all areas of project management from the strategic and commercial implications of their role, to the technical, commercial, organisational and people management skills required to successfully participate in a project team.
o You will be expected to take two exam papers:, Paper One - A multiple-choice paper which must be completed in one hour & Paper Two -A two part written essay based examination paper.

Key Learning Points:

• Understand the phases of a project and the roles of a project manager.
• Understand the contribution of improved project planning and control to the project management performance of a company.
• Understand the project estimating and risk analysis aspects of project management and improve their own contribution to the project team performance.
• Understand the factors that can influence the success or failure of a project.
• Specify, estimate and integrate the resource requirements within the programme and schedules on the project.
• Identify the means of providing the resources to implement the project.
• Identify and assess major and minor risk factors that can affect the achievement of objectives for the project.
• Recognise and interpret the agreed objectives for the project.
• Specify and understand the implementation process for systematically monitoring and controlling the identified risks.
• Commence preparation of portfolio evidence and collection of competence.
• Prepare for the APM’s Professional Examination


Delegates should have practical experience and knowledge in project management.
Candidates will benefit from some prior knowlege and/or experience of non-complex projects. This may well be as a team leader, etc. Ideally, candidates will have achieved the APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management or equivalent.



The APMP examination.



All Focus APMP courses are delivered by an Approved Training Provider, accredited by the Association for Project Management.

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