Developing your career as a project management professional requires a thorough understanding of numerous areas of business and how to deal with stakeholders.
The practitioner qualification (APM PQ) represents the next stage of career development as a project manager. Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), the PQ is an intermediate level qualification for people who can demonstrate an ability to manage non-complex projects or run a key control function of a large-scale project.
This is not a training course – this is assessment center based! Learners are expected to have at least 3 years’ experience in a responsible leadership function
of non-complex projects.
The PQ is the only project management qualification in the UK that assesses the capability of a project manager.
Over the course of several days, candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply project management skills and techniques to a non-complex project or to assist in the management of a complex project.
What’s the outcome?
Gaining your PQ will demonstrate your ability to make a positive contribution to any project you manage or are involved with. This will mean applying APM techniques to areas of project management as diverse as risk management, communication and procurement.
Through more widespread adoption of the APM approach, projects will be delivered in a more consistent fashion across your organisation. The APM PQ assesses individuals using a number of assessment mechanisms to verify skills.
What does it involve?
A typical assessment centre lasts for 3 days, during which
time you are continuously assessed across several structured sessions. This is an intensive and (normally) residential environment, with work often continuing into the evening. Some of the work is undertaken individually, including case study questions and an interview with the lead assessor. Other work is undertaken in groups of 3 or 4, discussing and solving case study problems.
Your performance is assessed against 30 criteria to demonstrate how well you can analyse, identify and understand the issues around the management of a non-complex project.
Further details such as the syllabus, candidate guidance notes and a sample paper may be found from the APM web-site.
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