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APMG International Project Planning & Control™ (PPC) Foundation Classroom

Project Planning & Control supports the publication of the APM's guide, ‘Planning, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control – The Practical Project Management of Time, Cost and Risk.’ It provides guidance and best practice for project planning and control and is applicable across all industries and sectors

Course overview

About the course

The Foundation-level qualification aims to measure whether the candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Project Planning & Control guidance to be able to act as an informed member of a Project Support Office or Project Planning and Control team.





This is a three day course.

By attending this course, you will learn…

  • The approaches and products used to gain a clear definition of a project
  • The approaches and techniques used to plan and close a project
  • The selection and use of appropriate scheduling techniques
  • The practices used for rigorous monitoring to enable proactive control of the project
  • The basis for good record keeping, which also facilitates the virtuous feedback and learning cycle

This course covers the following modules:

  • Planning & scheduling
  • Breakdown structures
  • Dependency management
  • Handover and closure
  • Scheduling
  • Types of schedules
  • Building the schedule
  • Critical path analysis
  • Time analysis
  • Duration estimates
  • Resources
  • Communicating the schedule
  • Project baselines and baselining principles
  • Performance reporting
  • Variance analysis    
  • Resource monitoring             
  • Earned value analysis (EVA)               
  • Cost control              
  • Short-term planning               
  • Change control
  • Forensic analysis        
  • Record keeping

This is an intensive three-day course that includes the following:

  • All accompanying course material
  • The Planning, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control – The Practical Project Management of Time, Cost and Risk manual
  • The cost of the PPC Foundation examination (taken within the duration of the course)

Optional extra

  • Pass Protect exam insurance - A cost effective solution, providing insurance and peace of mind if things don’t go to plan with your first exam attempt. For more information and terms and conditions click here

The format of the Foundation exam is as follows:

  • Multiple Choice
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) – 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed-book

This course would benefit:

  • Planning Managers & Engineers.
  • Project Control Managers & Engineers.
  • Cost Engineers.
  • Project Managers

There are no formal pre-requisites for taking the Foundation exam.


There is mandatory pre-course work that must be under taken prior to attending the course. In addition, whilst attending there will  be some exam preparation evening work.

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