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

Course overview

About the course

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.

A successful Practitioner candidate will have demonstrated that they have achieved sufficient understanding of the theory and application of the tools and techniques to allow them to work successfully in a Project Support team environment.

Duration

This is a five day classroom course that includes the PPC Foundation and Practitioner exam on the last day.

By attending this course, you will learn…

  • 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
  • The approaches and key products used to gain a clear definition of a project
  • The scheduling techniques and appropriate presentation of the outputs
  • The management of risk in the planning, execution and evaluation of a project
  • The practices and data used for rigorous monitoring to enable proactive control of the project

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
  • Earned Value Management
  • Risk Management

 

This is an intensive five-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 and Practitioner examination (taken within the duration of the course)

Foundation exam:

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

Practitioner exam:

  • Complex multiple choice
  • 8 question paper with 10 marks available per question
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) – 50%
  • 200 minute (3 hrs 20 mins) duration
  • Open-book (Project Planning & Control guide only)

This course would benefit:

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

The are no formal pre-requisites. It is recommended that a Practitioner candidate has a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a planning and monitoring role. In addition, you must have passed the PPC Foundation exam prior to undertaking the Practitioner examination.

Pre-course

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

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