Is the APM Introductory Certificate suitable for you?

The APM Introductory Certificate project management qualification gives you broad knowledge of project management focused on definition of key terms.

Compared to PRINCE2 Foundation qualification, the APM Introductory Certificate project management qualification requires less study time (about two-thirds that of PRINCE2 Foundation), covers a broader range of project management topics and is pitched at about the same level of difficulty.

It is great for people who are about to be a team member on a significant project, or who are needing to be a work-package manager on a project, or who are needing to manage their own small departmental project.

If you want to hear more, please watch Neil Mooney explaining the APM Introductory Certificate in a couple of minutes on The PM Channel.

This qualification has no pre-requisites and people from a wide range of different backgrounds successfully have achieved the APM Introductory Certificate. They have had backgrounds such as personal assistant, marketing consultant, finance administrator and engineering technician.

However generally, most people who choose the APM Introductory Certificate have had some exposure to projects and project management in their jobs.

The syllabus for the qualification covers a broad range of topics from the APM Body of Knowledge and most of the 60 questions in the one hour multiple choice examination are based on correct definition of key terms in project management.

Topics covered include:

• Project Management
• Programme and Portfolio Management
• Project Success and Benefits Management
• Project Context and Stakeholder Management
• Project Life Cycles & Project Reviews
• Business Case
• Project Sponsorship & Organisational Roles
• Project Management Plan (PMP) and Reporting
• Scope Management
• Scheduling
• Estimating
• Risk Management
• Project Quality Management
• Change Control and Issue Management
• Configuration Management
• Procurement
• Communication
• Teamwork and Leadership

However, the depth of study is limited to mainly definitions and so the learning objectives for scheduling for example are:

• Define scheduling
• Define total float and the term critical path
• Define Gantt (bar) chart
• Define baseline
• Define milestone

Most classroom courses are two-days in duration and require little or no pre-course study. The one hour examination is taken at the end of the second day.  On line self study courses are also available.

A new on demand video project management training course for the APM Introductory Certificate is available on The PM Channel.



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