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Course Dates - Monday to Thursday mornings

04 - 07 Apr 09 - 12 May 23 - 26 May 06 - 09 Jun 13 - 16 Jun 27 - 30 Jun 4 - 7 July 11 - 14 July 25 - 28 July
PPQ PMQ PPQ PFQ PMQ PPQ PFQ PMQ PPQ

 

PPQ Re-Accreditation

Our PPQ online course is about giving applicants practice in developing the skills of demonstration, critical analysis and evaluation. Delegates need to have PMQ material at their finger-tips. We update them on the changes to the PMQ syllabus from BoK6 to 7 and talk about ethics and professionalism.

Then it is all about using the sample case study with the illustrative types of assessment - scenario role play, oral exam and written report - all carried out online in small discussion groups.

This approach has proved very successful with high pass rates and a top mark of 89%. APM have just reaccredited the MSC for the next four years to offer PPQ.

FAQs

After the onset of the epidemic  we moved all our courses, together with the APM examinations, online. This approach has many advantages:

1. Reduces travel/accommodation costs for both delegates and tutor.

2. Makes it easier for delegates living away from the main city centres to obtain training.

3. Cuts CO2 emissions associated with travel.

4. Enables the MSC to run more courses and thus provide greater flexibility for delegates to defer courses.

Events with people in close proximity for six hours or more hours per day and talking is conducive to spread of the virus, so we will remain online until the threat of new variants disappears.

The MSC hopes that its candidates will always try to work out answers to the exam questions rather than dredge their memories for the words in the Study Guide.   As we say, every project is different and presents new challenges; we as project managers have to work out the solutions using a logical approach. Our approach to PFQ,  PMQ and PPQ  is informed by this aim.  

We use our own MSC Study Guides which we have developed over 14 years of experience. Sometimes they go beyond the syllabus to help delegates see how a technique is used rather than just why it might be used. The courses are not just about passing the examination but developing expertise to manage projects in an effective and successful manner.

No! The tutor is not giving a lecture but explaing points, searching for delegates' prior experiences, starting discussions, emphasing where delegates often meet difficulty and trying to instil confidence in answering the questions in the way intended by the examiners.

Yes, for all three courses. The MSC has full accreditation for PFQ, PMQ and PPQ.

Will BoK7 make much difference to training for PMQ/PFQ?

14 Apr 2020

New syllabuses for PFQ and PMQ will be introduced by APM in early May; these are based on the APM Body of Knowledge version 7, or BoK7.

So what is different? Perhaps the biggest change is inclusion of the iterative project life cycle, because this provides an alternative path to the traditional linear life cycle. It requires a radical rethink which challenges many of our previous assumptions.

 

For delegates already registered on BoK6 courses

10 Apr 2020

Online BoK6 examinations for both PFQ and PMQ will be available until the end of December 2020.

Online PMQ BoK6 examinations - Monday mornings (starting 1 June) on the same dates as the BoK7 examinations.

Online PMQ BoK6 examination workshops - Monday afternoons on 18 May, 8 June, 22 June, 6 July, 20 July.

Delegates already registered on BoK6 classroom courses in May and July have various options including to follow the online BoK7 training.

 

Coronavirus Update

18 Mar 2020

All classroom training is suspended from today and will switch to an on-line format.

Webinars for PFQ (BoK7) with online examination will start on Monday 4th May.

Webinars for PMQ (BoK7) will start on Monday 11th May.

 
 

Studying for the PMQ

Delegates' comments

"One of the most beneficial and enjoyable courses I have ever been on."

"An excellent couple of days spent training .. just the morale boost I needed having lost my job only two days beforehand."

" Thank you once again for a fantastic course. I would recommend your PMQ course without hesitation to my colleagues." 

 
 

APM Online examinations

Please consult the APM website at https://www.apm.org.uk/qualifications-and-training/online-examinations-what-to-expect/

and watch the video.