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Why the APM Risk 2 Certificate is important to every Project Manager

“As we know, there are known-knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known-unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown-unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know.”

Donald Rumsfeld, Defence Secretary – United States of America

Donald Rumsfeld’s attempt to describe living with unknown-unknowns will be familiar to most Project Managers but The Association for Project Management  (APM), the chartered body for the project profession, has a Project Risk Management Single Subject Certificate qualification which is designed to build on the knowledge gained in the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) or similar project management qualifications

The identification and management of risks relating to a project is an absolute corner stone of the successful delivery of any project. Risks when they occur, affect all the key areas of the Cost, Time and Quality measures that are set when the Business Case is developed, and the Project Baseline is set. 

Poor Risk Management is the single most common failure of projects – either failure to identify or to mitigate against a risk. the identification and management of risks is a continual activity which must performed throughout the life of the project It is also a continually changing landscape with risks appearing and disappearing at every stage of the project lifecycle.

Risk Management is possibly the most important technique in a Project Manager’s toolkit and shouldn’t be left to risk specialists. Whilst the APM Risk 1 Certificate covers the basics, many would argue that demonstrating a full knowledge of the management of risk means that the Risk 2 Certificate should be the benchmark for any Project Manager – and is an important accompaniment to the APM’s Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

The Risk 2 Syllabus includes:

  • The general risk environment in terms of risk definition, project risk and individual risk events.
  • The benefits of managing risk using a robust process.
  • The principles of risk and opportunity management.
  • The risk management process.
  • Risk organisation and control.
  • Key behavioural aspects of risk management.
  • Application of Project Risk Analysis and Management.
  • Risk identification techniques.
  • Qualitative risk analysis.
  • Quantitative risk analysis.
  • Responding to risk.

Undertaking the APM’s Risk 1 Certificate isn’t a pre-requisite for undertaking the Risk 2 Certificate so experienced Project Managers can go directly to this benchmark qualification. Of course, attending Risk 1 first – or undertaking it by eLearning before attending a Risk 2 course will always be beneficial. It’s also available as a ‘Bundle Package’. Contact us HERE for further information or to discuss your requirements in more detail. 

Written by Tony Marks, CEO