Taking the Project Management Qualification at UCL

by Matthew Wyndham / 4/2/2019 11:46:22 AM

The APM Project Management Qualification is at the intermediate point of APM’s three qualification levels and acts as a benchmark of detailed project management knowledge over a broad range of topics.

PFQ, the lower tier, is for those new to project-related work or who have some contact with project management (PM) as part of their work, and covers the recognition of key PM concepts and terms. PPQ, the upper tier, is an in-depth test of an experienced project manger’s ability to handle projects in practice.

PMQ develops your understanding of the APM Project Management Body of Knowledge (the “BoK”).  Most people approaching the syllabus will find that it builds upon their existing knowledge, adds definition to concepts that may be only approximately understood, and broadens their knowledge, so providing insight into their and work and more confidence for them and those they work with.

It is widely recognised in the UK (and elsewhere), across a range of industrial sectors, and often used as a mandatory step for induction into a formal project management role. It is the longest-established qualification from APM and is also the most popular in terms of candidate/awards each year.

Beyond these qualification levels, a further, Chartered, status has now been established for experienced project professionals who can meet the APM’s requirements against its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism, in short: a commitment to the profession and those around it through breadth and depth of both qualifications and in their work activity.

It is becoming more important to employers and recruiters who wish to identify the highest quality of project professionals. PMQ, as a practical and useful qualification in its own right as a standard of knowledge, is an excellent preparatory qualification for those who have a Chartered pathway in mind.

Why UCL?

At UCL, we believe in making our research and knowledge accessible to all. As leaders in research and education, we aim to help individuals and organisations improve themselves and the world around them. We're world leaders - UCL is ranked 4th in the UK and 10th globally by the QS World University Rankings (2019). Using the latest knowledge and research from UCL’s Institute of Education (IOE), we know how to ensure you or your staff develop to the best of your abilities.

In the project management community, UCL has been an active contributor for decades, and currently engages with this discipline in many ways, including research, consultancy, degree programmes and CPD courses. The current PMQ course has been established in UCL since 1998, and has developed alongside changes in the PM Profession and knowledge.

What do I get from this course?

Our tutors are expert practitioners in a variety of disciplines, including engineering, management, construction and even space science. In working at world-leading level in these demanding subjects, our experience has involved us in the application and development of project management approaches over many decades. On this course, you will experience a variety of tutors and their specialisations throughout the week.

UCL’s PMQ course is taught by permanent lecturing staff, like Alan Smith, or Magda Hercheui, who have made highly respected contributions to their respective fields.

The teaching experience of our tutors covers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, to students at all stages of their careers, as well as CPD and executive courses for those with established on-going roles.

In our teaching, we are interested in developing your wider abilities following the course, not restricted to the Qualification. We consider and encourage thinking about how the knowledge gained is integrated into your working practices.

When you are interested in developing further, either in additional courses or qualifications or in collaborating with others, we will be happy to advise on the next steps. Our own professional networks, both in the University or beyond, will help us assist you develop further, supporting you with career questions as they relate to project management.

Our class sizes are small enough to permit you to have close interaction with the tutor, and their direct attention and assistance when required, yet large enough to enable each student to enjoy small working groups. The experience of the tutors means that they can adapt their approach to the needs of each learner.

As well as our classroom, we support those on our CPD courses with an online service, UCL eXtend. This allows learners to view teaching materials (before joining the course), engage in quizzes and other self-study tools and to interact with other learners and staff in a discussion forum. Exam candidates find this extremely helpful in resolving PMQ-related questions in advance of the exam.

Please contact us for further information if you would like further information, or have any questions.

By Matthew Wyndham, Departmental Graduate Tutor at MSSL, the Department of Space and Climate Physics; Lecturer in Project Management and Systems Engineering

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