APM Introductory Certificate (BOK6)

What is the APM Introductory Certificate (APMIC)?

The APM Introductory Certificate aims to give you a detailed insight into the tools and techniques required to run a successful project. No prior knowledge or experience is required for this qualification which will offer the individual the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project.

You may have many years’ experience running projects and just need a refresh of your skills or this could be your first step into the world of project management. Or maybe you manage many projects and want your team to have the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project you work on? Whatever your reason, the APMIC course should be the course for anyone working in project management to consider.

The Training ByteSize course will:

  • Teach you the key elements of the project management lifecycle which covers 27 knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition. Including planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.
  • Upon completion of the training you can sit the APM Introductory Certificate exam which leads to an internationally recognised qualification.

Why buy this course?

Having specialised in the development of elearning training courses for over 12 years you can be assured of an exceptionally high quality, interactive product. The delivery of the training course is through a truly collaborative online learning platform, ideal for organisations with a global reach. The course is approximately 8 hours long, interactive and uses audio and animation to create an interesting and involved training programme. The Virtual Learning Environment brings together forums, discussions, resources, social media, support videos and much more.

Session 1 – Introduction

  • Course Structure
  • Case study
  • Summary

Session 2 - Projects, programme and portfolios

  • Project characteristics
  • Project definition
  • Projects vs BAU
  • Key roles
  • Project Life Cycle (1&2)
  • Programmes and Portfolios
  • Exercise
  • Summary

Session 3 – The Business Case

  • Definition
  • Business Case contents
  • Business case and the life cycle
  • Key roles
  • Exercise
  • Summary

Session 4 – Work content and scope management

  • Scheduling steps
  • Product Breakdown Structures
  • Organisational Breakdown Structure
  • Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • Cost Breakdown Structure
  • Benefits of structures
  • Exercise
  • Summary

Session 5 – Networks

  • Networks
  • Dependencies types
  • Lead and lag
  • Common faults

Session 6 – Estimating and risk

  • Definition
  • Estimating approaches
  • Risk management – Identification
  • Risk management – Assessment
  • Risk management – Mitigation
  • Risk management – Implement the mitigating actions
  • Effort vs Duration

Session 7 – Critical path analysis

  • Node layout definition
  • Critical path calculation forward / backward pass
  • Gantt chart Critical path / Total float

Session 8 – Resources

  • Factors that affect resources
  • Synergy
  • Resource allocation
  • Resource smoothing
  • Resource levelling
  • Resource cumulative curve

Session 9 – Monitoring and control

  • Out of control projects
  • The control cycle: Authorise the work
  • The control cycle: Follow project progress
  • The control cycle: Plot and update data and evaluate status
  • The control cycle: Take corrective action

Session 10 – Project closure

  • Key activities
  • Project Manager responsibilities
  • Post project review analysis
  • Termination problems possible solution

Session 11 – Establishing the project

  • Project life cycles
  • Benefits of phasing
  • Project content PESTLE
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Project management plan
  • Project success and benefits management
  • Project reviews

Session 12 – People and Projects

  • Organisational roles and the project sponsor
  • Drag and drop exercise
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communications
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Teamwork
  • The Tuckman Model
  • Leadership
  • Summary

Session 13 – More on techniques

  • Drag and drop exercise
  • Risk management
  • Risk log
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Quality definitions
  • Quality control and Quality Assurance
  • Quality plan and benefits
  • Change control
  • Configuration management
  • Information Management and Project Reporting
  • Issue Management
  • Procurement