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In house training

Classroom, Blended Learning or Distance Learning

MSC is an APM Accredited Training Provider and can provide different types  of course - traditional classroom , distance learning or blended learning (a mix of classroom and distance learning) - to achieve professional qualifications  from the Association for Project Management (APM).

The MSC has run in-house courses for many SMEs who do not have their own trainers, but want to ensure up-to-date and effective training for their staff, preferably applied to their particular commercial situation.

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Courses offered

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) - Classroom course

The APM PFQ classroom course is presented over two days. Four 90-minute sessions are provided on the first day; on the second day, three 90-minute sessions are followed by a short revision period and the APM examination - normally on-line but a paper-based examination if required. The on-line results are available immediately after completion of the examination.

No prior knowledge is required in order to take the course.

A Distance Learning version course of the PFQ is also available.

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) - Classroom course

The APM PMQ classroom course involves four days of training covering the required knowledge in the syllabus plus one-day examination workshop (to develop understanding - links between topics) plus on the sixth day the three-hour APM examination. For the MSC open courses, we run at two days per week over three weeks. This scheme is modular and may be varied to meet customer needs; the important point is to allow sufficient time for revision after the four days of training. We do not recommend shoe-horning the course and examination into one week.

APM recommends 60 hours of study for the APM PMQ. Five days of training and the workshop last for 30 hours. So an additional 30 hours study is required by the delegate. This might be 6 hours prior to the training and two week-ends each of 12 hours. If delegates have not reached the standard of PFQ, then additional study is required before the PMQ course starts.

APM send the results by email to the delegates within ten weeks of sitting the examination.

Both distance learning and blended learning versions of the PMQ are also available, based on the extensive on-line support from the MSC MOODLE Learning Management System.

How to improve PMQ success rates

The overall pass rate at APM for PMQ is about 70%. To improve the likelihood of success, please ensure that:

  1. adequate time is made available for study outside classroom attendance.

  2. the delegates reveal any previous problems with exams caused for example by  dyslexia. APM are very good in approving assistance for any medical problems and these should be mentioned as soon as possible to the MSC office  or the tutor, so that appropriate help may be provided.

Delegates often have many years of experience in project management and may be apprehensive about taking the examination. The tutor encourages candidates to work out answers rather than rely solely on memory. The small groups enable individual attention to be provided.

Costs (excluding VAT)

The MSC fee for presenting an in-house course for the APM PFQ or PMQ is based on five  components:

  1. APM Exam Invigilation fee - £514 (PMQ) ; £0 for PFQ - done by the tutor.

  2. APM Examination fee per delegate: PMQ - £407; PFQ online - £139. An extra £17 is added for the  paper-based version of the PFQ examination.

  3. MSC Tutor at £850 per day of training.

  4. Tutor expenses including hotel where required at £80 per night; rail and taxi transport expenses  will be added for sites more than 100 miles from London and/or distant from a rail station.

  5. Course materials at £25 per head (PFQ) and £35 per head (PMQ.

Example - excluding tutor’s expenses

The cost of an eight-delegate APM PMQ in-house course is {(£514 APM exam invigilation fee) + (8 delegates x £407 exam fee per head = £3256) + (tutor for 5 days x £850 per day = £4250) + (materials at £35 per head = £280)} = £8300. This is equivalent for eight delegates to £1037.50 per head. VAT will be added to all these figures .

What is included in the MSC classroom course

  1. A copy in paperback-bound form of the relevant MSC Study Guide; these include syllabus details and APM sample questions.

  2. A paper copy in wire-bound form of all slides used in the presentations.

  3. Access to video podcasts on the MSC website {PFQ (23 - about 2.5 hours) and PMQ (36 - about 6.5  hours)}; hear the tutor and see the slides.

  4. Support from the Tutor both before and during the training by email or phone. This includes for  PMQ evaluating sample answers written by the delegates.

  5. Access to the MSC MOODLE Learning Management System where any additional material is stored (APM  syllabuses, APM guides for candidates, APM sample papers, multiple-choice quizzes).

Accommodation Requirements

Accommodation required for the training course

A training room with projector/screen to which the tutor’s computer may be connected.

The APM PFQ on-line examination requires each delegate to have a Mac/PC computer with online access. There may be problems with security software on company machines, which does not allow the examination software to be loaded; in this case a paper-based examination will be arranged.

For the APM PMQ examination each delegate needs a separate desk/table; the room should be quiet.