As from 1st January 2018, we shall have a new course structure, which will take you from the fundament processes of Construction Project Management through to the APM’s PPQ examinations, which mark the threshold for entry to the APM as a full member. This involves four blocks of accelerated learning, which can be taken individually or together.

This is an opportunity for construction professionals and managers to gain professional competence and become a qualified project manager.


The course is structured in four learning blocks, with some distance learning, which can be taken one at a time over a period that suits you.  On satisfactory completion of each block you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.

The new course includes and extends the learning of the RIBA Certificate in Construction Project Management, of which we have been the sole providers for many years. Existing and former students who want to go on to attain the Advanced Professional Certificate will be accommodated within the new structure.

This course is accredited by the Association for Project Management.     APM accredited logo


Course Structure

Block 1: Project Management Fundamental Processes, deals with the fundamental processes such as procuring building work, programming or scheduling work according to time requirements, roles and responsibilities, project structures. It is a basic ‘how to do it’ course, which tackles the nuts and bolts of basic project management tools and processes.
Take-away: knowledge of the basic processes.

Block 2: Project Management Techniques and Practice, takes the learning on a stage, and fleshes out the skeleton. For instance, it adds questions of resources to the techniques of programming or scheduling and shows you how to tune your project to a higher level of performance. It includes sessions on managing the supply chain. It creates an understanding of how the team might pull together to multiply its effectiveness. It increases the scope of project management study.
Take-away: Increased depth of knowledge and the foundations of competence laid.

These two blocks can be taken together, and we encourage our students to do this, in order to acquire a firm foundation and sufficient depth of study to have confidence in their understanding of project management approaches.

Block 3: Project Management Competence, is largely about application of the principles and tools learned in Blocks 1 & 2. It also includes summary revision, robust review of effective practice and additional material to cover the syllabus of the APM’s PPQ exams, both the three core modules, and the elective exam on Project Management.
Take-away: considerably enhanced competence.

Block 4: PPQ Exam Preparation, is run in sequence for each of the three core modules and for the elective on Project Management. It includes sessions on exam technique.
Take-away: exam readiness.

This brings us up to the point of taking PPQ exams. The PPQ is described in an APM document HERE.


Course Content

Block 1:  Project Management Fundamental Processes

Intro to the course
Intro to PM
Teamwork exercise
The APM qualification structure and this course.
Project Management terms & APM Body of Knowledge

PM tools
Briefing and management of aims & objectives.
Earned Value Management
Legal background
Planning exercise
Procurement basics
Project Definition
Project Execution Plan intro
Project Planning
Risk Registers
Scheduling (programming); bar charts and networks.
Stakeholder management techniques
Team-building: Belbin approach

Case studies
Queen’s Bridge (procurement, stakeholders, project execution plan)
Tilberthwaite Yard case study

Block 2: Project Management Techniques and Practice

PM tools
Business Context of Projects
Configuration Management & Change Control
Information management
Internal and external supplier processes, negotiations, contracts
Leadership & understanding the individual [Submarine video]
Lifecycle models and their implications; plans of work
Managing the client; organisational maturity.
Organisations and Change
Procurement: dealing with the issues
Resources in scheduling; smoothing, optimised approaches.
Roles and Responsibilities in a Project Org.
Safety & CDM
Supply chain management
Structure of Organisations and Projects
Teambuilding: Belbin and other approaches
Value Management, value engineering

Case studies
Umbobo (project definition, scheduling, stakeholders)
Malpas Lane School (Project execution plan, CDM)
Berzozil (after taught elements end)

Block 3: Project Management Competence

Changes; impact understood, factors researched; appropriate rigour.
Conflict management
Consolidated plan
Constructing the project team
Ethics, general  business principles
Formulating the consolidated plan including many requirements and maintain requirements; amending that plan.
Governance structures; individuals understanding their roles; monitoring
Leadership; empowerment & accountability
Multiple risks impacting simultaneously
Organisational maturity and associated measures
Personal competence 2
Probability and impact calculations
Quality Management
Risk Management Plan
Risks and Issues
Roles within Governance
Scope management

Case studies
Dr Dent’s Arcade (Organisational maturity, project definition, CDM)
The Gate (revised) : revisit resource elements; leads into new case study
The Crackers

Block 4: PPQ Exam Preparation

Crackers case study, extended




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