APM Project Fundamentals

Course Overview

This training course has been created for companies , organisations and individuals that wish to expand their project management skills. This course was formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management (APMIC).

Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Online leads to an internationally recognised qualification and provides the foundation for further training and qualifications in the expanding project management field.

The course is equivalent to a two-day classroom workshop and takes between 10–12 hours to complete. It combines multiple voices, animation and interactive exercises, providing training at a time, pace and location to suit individual requirements.

The course consists of 17 sessions which form a comprehensive introduction to the principles of project management.

Benefits

  • An exam simulator which results in exceptional pass rates
  • Increased retention of learning
  • Less time taken to learn
  • Increased control and visibility of progress and achievement
  • Reduced travel costs
  • Accessible from any location

Target Audience

This course requires no prior knowledge or experience. It is designed for anyone looking to start a successful project management career, or wishing to understand the principles of project management.

Learning Outcomes

Course Introduction

  • Using the Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Pre-requisites
  • Conventions/Terminologies
  • Professional Qualifications
  • The PM Community

Basic Concepts

  • What is a Project?
  • Projects vs Operations
  • Project Lifecycles

The Project Management Centre

  • Projects, Programmes & Portfolios
  • The Project Environment (PESTLE)
  • The Business Case
  • PM Processes
  • Project Success Criteria

Organising a Project

  • The Project Sponsor/Board
  • The Project Manager
  • Project Assurance/Support
  • Project Teams

Planning a Project

  • The Project Management Plan
  • The PID/SoW
  • Product-Based Planning
  • Activity-Based Planning
  • Baselining

Scheduling a Project

  • Networks
  • Float
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Milestones

Estimating

  • Top Down/Bottom Up
  • Delphi Technique
  • Factoring
  • Work Distribution
  • Effort vs Duration (Weinburg’s Rule)

Managing Resources

  • Resource Types
  • S-Curves
  • Resource Histograms
  • Resource Scheduling

Controlling a Project

  • Stages & Tolerance
  • Earned Value
  • Forecasting
  • Computer Based Tools

Managing Scope

  • Scope Planning / Definition
  • Scope Verification
  • Scope Change Control

Managing Communications

  • Authorities
  • Decision Making
  • Reporting
  • Project Issues

Managing Risk

  • Investment Appraisal
  • Risk Identification/Analysis
  • Response Development/Control
  • Risk Technique

Managing Quality

  • Quality Management
  • Quality System
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Customer Quality Expectations

Managing Change

  • Change Management
  • Change Control
  • Configuration Management

Managing Procurement

  • Procurement & Contract Management

Managing People

  • Teamwork
  • Conflict Management
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management

Closing Down a Project

  • Handover
  • Follow-On Actions
  • Post-Project Review
  • Lessons Learned
  • Project Filing

Exam Technique

  • How to approach the exam

Exam Simulator

  • Randomised exam questions to test understanding