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The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

The APM PMQ course is designed to provide a broad level of project management knowledge, giving existing or aspiring project management professionals all the information they need to have confidence in approaching the management of projects large or small. The content discusses the terminology, tools and techniques and extends to provide a deeper perspective, facilitating an understanding of the reasons for their use as well as the benefits of doing so.

It is proven that organisations can achieve competitive advantage and improved project delivery through a highly skilled and qualified project management community. Project Managers who have gained the APM PMQ qualification have an increased confidence in their project management ability. Being more sure of best-practice processes and protocols means much more efficient running of your projects. Increased confidence and progression can often bring greater pride and clarity in the running of projects. It is often identified that the key part of a Project Manager’s role is communication. Being more confident in ability directly leads to better and more effective communication.

In a survey undertaken by the APM this year – 90% of those taking the APM PMQ believe that holding the qualification demonstrates that they now have the knowledge to be a competent manager.

What is it? And who is it for?

The APM Project Management Qualification PMQ (IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7) is a knowledge based qualification that allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge of all elements of project management. Candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how these elements interact and how their project fits into their strategic and commercial environment. APM PMQ is a qualification recognised both nationally and internationally giving candidates a qualification that can be carried from one job to another or from one industry to another.

APM PMQ is aimed at those wishing to achieve a broad level of project management knowledge sufficient to participate in projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects. Applicants typically have some pre-existing project management knowledge, although this is not essential.

In the same survey undertaken by the APM – 86% of the qualification takers have enjoyed greater project success, as a result of taking the APM PMQ and 97% would recommend the qualification to other project management professionals.

The APM PMQ syllabus assesses breadth of knowledge in all areas of project management and covers knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge (Bok 6) including budgeting and cost management, conflict management, communication, earned value management, leadership, negotiation, procurement, sponsorship and teamwork.

Assessment is through a three hour written exam where 10 out of 16 questions must be answered. For current PRINCE2® Registered Practitioners a two hour paper that recognises prior learning. In this paper candidates must answer six from ten questions.

20/20 Business Insight are an accredited provider of the APM Project Management Qualification and can offer bespoke in house, online or classroom based study.