Project Planning & Control (PPC)™ – Foundation & Practitioner

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Course description

This accredited course supports and provides guidance based on the publication of, the Association for Project Management (APM) guide, ‘Planning, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control – The Practical Project Management of Time, Cost and Risk.’

The training and certification will equip project planners with the tools needed to be effective and to demonstrate their competence in a competitive marketplace. You will also prepare for and sit the PPC Foundation and Practitioner examinations

Is it right for me?

This qualification is primarily aimed at Planning Managers and Engineers, Project Control Managers and Engineers but would also benefit Cost Engineers and Project Managers.

It is recommended for the Practitioner qualification that you have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a planning and monitoring role.

What will I get out of it?

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Give a step by step controls guide from project initiation to execution
  • Provide a holistic overview of the interdependencies between planning and controls functions
  • Be a practical and scalable companion to almost any project controls professional
  • Enable effective capability growth for delivery organizations
  • Apply the approaches and key products used to gain a clear definition of a project
  • Apply the approaches and techniques used to plan and close a project
  • Use effective scheduling techniques
  • Manage risk in the planning, execution and evaluation of a project
  • Implement the practices used for rigorous monitoring to enable proactive control of the project


Project Planning and Control™ Foundation and Practitioner Examinations

The Foundation Exam is a closed book paper of 40 minutes duration and consists of 50 multiple choice questions. A Pass is 25 correct answers. The exams are marked by the trainer immediately following the exam and the results are available within an hour.

The Practitioner Exam is a complex multiple choice, open book paper of 3 hours duration. There are 8 Objective Test style questions to be answered in the 3 hours and the candidate may use an annotated manual. Each question is worth 10 marks and the candidate must score 40/80 to be successful.

Please note that examinations are the responsibility of the examination board, APMG

APMG International Project Planning & Control is a trademark of The APM Group Limited, All rights reserved. The Courses on this page are offered by Thales Learning and Development, an Affiliate of Aims4Change, an Accredited Training Organisation of The APM Group Ltd.  The APMG International Project Planning & Control and Swirl Device is a trademark of The APM Group Limited, used under permission of The APM Group Limited. All rights reserved.

The trainer presented the course material in a way that I could relate it to what I do normally. This helped to improve my understanding of the course. I felt that I could ask questions at any time.
UK Power Networks

What does it cover?

• Business case • Scope management • Requirements management • Stakeholder management
• Introduction, definition and purpose • Breakdown structures • Dependency management • Health, safety and environmental issues • Cost estimating • Budgeting
• Introduction, definition and purpose • Schedule design • Building the schedule • Communicating the schedule • Schedule review • Building information modelling (BIM) • Definition and purpose • BIM technology • BIM culture • Agile Definition, purpose and methods
• Baseline • Performance reporting • Cost control • Short-term planning • Change management • Risk management • Forensic analysis
• Record keeping • Document management • Handover and closeout • Lessons learned

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