Which Project Management Course to Do and When?

We’ve recently partnered with Aspire Learning to bring popular portfolio, programme and project management (PPM) training courses with exams to PMO Learning.

We know that PMO practitioners don’t just develop their PMO specific knowledge and skills – they also learn about the wider subjects in PPM.

There’s a few on the marketplace to choose from so here’s a handy guide to which course you can do and when you should be considering it.

1. APM’s Project Fundamentals Qualification


This is the very first one we recommend – if you’re just starting out in project management – either following further education or looking for a career change into project management – this is the first one to consider.

The APM’s – the chartered body for the project profession – first level qualification – Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) is the first rung on the ladder.

With this course you will understand the building blocks of project management – the tools, techniques, approaches, models – you name it, its in the course.

This course is available via eLearning with exam – take a further look.





This is the second course you should consider if you’re looking for something to put on the CV.

It’s still the most popular course in the UK for project management and is a method of project management.

If the APM PFQ is the first stage in learning to cook – PRINCE2 is one of the recipe cards you might choose.

It’s popular with hiring organisations so that’s why lots of people opt to take it.

You can take both the Foundation and Practitioner levels with exam right here.



3. Agile Project Management (AgilePM)

AgilePMThe third one to consider is the Agile Project Management course. If PRINCE2 covers a waterfall method, learning about an Agile approach to project management should also be on your radar.

You’ll learn all the principles of Agile and how they are adopted to manage Agile led projects.

It’s the most popular course in the UK – and the one focused specifically on the management of projects (as opposed to individual Agile approaches such as SCRUM)

You can take this course right now – take a look at the course.



4. Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)

Managing Successful Programmes

If you’re moving up the project management chain into programme management, this is the next one for you to take a look at.

It’s aimed at those already managing programmes; Project Managers looking to move up to managing programmes and those supporting programmes from a Programme Management Office.

It’s the most popular programme management course in the UK today

The course – at both Foundation and Practitioner levels with exams are available right here.


5. Change Management

IfChange Management you’ve been working for a while in project management and not spent any time developing your change management skills, now’s the time to focus on this more people-focused set of skills.

Based on the Change Management Institute’s Body of Knowledge, the course at Foundation  and Practitioner levels is focused on teaching the skills to overcome resistance to change.

This course is suited to any practitioner at any level – if you’re looking to developing change and make it stick, this is the course for you take a further look.



6. Management of Portfolios (MoP)

Management of Portfolios


Moving up the chain from programme management to portfolio management, this course is aimed at those roles responsible for organisational level programme and project management. Portfolio managers, heads of departments and those working in Portfolio Offices can really benefit from training in this area.

Focused on how to structure portfolio management – it is a useful course for anyone setting up portfolio management within an organisation.

The course comes in two levels – Foundation and Practitioner, exams included, find out more the course.


7. Specialist Courses

Risk Management


There are three recommendations here – Benefits Management – Business Cases and Risk Management.

If you’re looking to deepen your knowledge in any of these three area, these are the most popular courses to take a look at:

Managing BenefitsThe Management of Risk at Foundation  and Practitioner both from AXELOS take a look.

Better Business Cases also in Foundation and Practitioner levels take a look.

And finally the Managing Benefits course – also with Foundation and Practitioner levels read more about the course.

These courses can be picked up at anytime throughout your project career and are suitable for practitioners at all levels.

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