For many years project managers have asked what does APMP stand for? Well now the APM qualification has a new name “APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).” For now it is going to be formerly known as APMP but even this will be dropped in a few months.
So what is the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
The APM PMQ is a knowledge based qualification for project managers set by The Association for Project Management, the professional body for project managers in the UK. It established all the foundation of effective project management such as:
- Defining the project management roles.
- Understanding the context of the project including legal, political and economic constraints.
- Establishing a lifecycle including the necessary reviews.
- The importance of project management governance and also the role of a method.
- Core project control documents including the Business Case and the Project Management Plan.
- Core planning and control process such a as cost control, scheduling, change control and reporting.
- Leadership and dealing with conflict.
- Working with customers and suppliers as part of the project supply chain.
The APMP; now called The APM Project Management Qualification is recognised as a baseline of knowledge in many sectors including infrastructure project, IT, defence. However it is only the first step in the journey towards professional project management.
Format of the Exam
It’s awarded following a written exam of two formats. The most common form of the exam is a three hour exam from which candidates must complete 10 short essay style questions from a paper of 16 questions. If you already hold PRINCE2 qualification then you can take a shorter 2-hour exam, with 6 questions from 10 on the paper. Typical questions include both the hard and soft topics of project management.
- List and describe five attributes of an effective project manager?
- Explain five stages in a risk management process
- List and describe five ways in which project managers can control project scope?
- Explain five ways in which a project manager can plan, forecast and control project costs?
- With reference to a known model, list and describe five the ways in which project managers deal with conflict.
- List and describe five contents of a procurement strategy?
These are all typical skills and knowledge areas that are essential for many project managers.
Parallel Project training has been delivering APM PMQ training for many years. We offer a wide range of options to study for the APM PMQ qualification. These include open public courses and also in-house corporate courses. A typical selection of approaches include
- Self study distance learning with an exam prep and exam day at our office in Reading.
- 6-week virtual APM PMQ with 6 weekly webinars, weekly homework, a mock exam and exam prep / exam day at our office in Reading. With this option we can also arrange exam at most British Council offices around the world.
- 5 day APM PMQ class room with the exam on the Friday
In-house of on-site options
In addition to delivering the options above; for corporate groups we can also offer
- A modular APMP made up of three modules (two 2-day modules plus a 1-day exam prep/exam module).
- A fact track guided self study course of three 1-day sessions including the exam.
For more information please do get in touch with http://www.parallelprojecttraining.com
To help explain these changes Parallel Project Training has launched a microsite http://www.apmpmq.com