An Introduction to Project Management

Short Course
Duration: 2 days   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

This course provides essential tools and techniques for scoping, planning and successfully delivering projects.

If you wish to be awarded the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, this course will prepare you for an optional one-hour multiple-choice exam which is accredited by the Association for Project Management. The Certificate is an internationally recognised foundation-level qualification.

This exam needs to be booked in advance and requires an additional cost.  For more information please click here or contact our customer services team.



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09 September 2019
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Booking information and ways to pay

  1. If you are making your booking online at checkout you can either pay online using a credit/debit card, cheque or BACS transfer, or you can request to pay by invoice. The invoice option is only available for bookings where a UK company name and address has been provided at checkout.
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  4. If you are working for a charity, you can get 20% off CIPD Training short courses booked between 1 April and 30 September 2019. This offer can be redeemed by supplying charity number and address if booking by email or telephone. Please note, the offer cannot be redeemed through booking your short course online. T&Cs apply.
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Employers in all sectors and industries are looking for good project management skills to speed up innovation and effectively manage change. This two-day course will enable you to manage projects more effectively, or contribute more effectively to a project team, through the application of a systematic project framework and the use of helpful project tools and techniques.

Please note:  this course covers the syllabus to prepare students for the optional one-hour multiple-choice exam which runs at the end of day two of this course and is accredited by the Association for Project Management.   

Upon successful completion of the exam you will be awarded the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, which is an internationally recognised foundation-level qualification.

Please note that there is an additional charge for the exam and the prices on this page are for the short course only – for more information please click here or contact our customer services team.

Course Tutors

Mr Steve Kendall

Steve is Director of Oxford Projects, and has over 20 years experience in a consultancy, training and coaching role. He has successfully worked with many leading organisations in diverse sectors such as Technology (Rolls Royce, RM, Elekta, Cambridge Consultants, e2v), Education (the Open University), Science & Research (Sharp, abcam), Professional Institutions (IMechE, Royal Society of Chemistry), Environmental (Earthwatch, Proforest) and Pharma (Vertex).  Steve is passionate about helping businesses to improve their performance and has a special interest in the management of change via a project-based approach, and fast track projects (Time-to-Market reduction) in particular. Initially, Steve worked in the electronics industry – in telecoms and then computing - where he was responsible for new product developments. This involved the management of large cross-functional change projects, rapid introduction of new technology, and intense cost competitiveness. He is a member of the Association for Project Management, and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. 

Mr Laurence Davidson

Who is it for

An Introduction to Project Management is designed to give a broad introduction to anyone involved in project working. No prior knowledge is necessary.


By the end of An Introduction to Project Management you will be able to:


  • understand key project management terms and concepts
  • gain clarity at the outset of projects
  • plan projects realistically
  • manage risk and change effectively
  • use key project management tools
  • monitor and control progress
  • establish the needs of stakeholders
  • understand the benefits of post-project reviews.



Day one

Projects, Programmes and Portfolios


The Project Context  


An introduction to project life cycles and key success factors


Initiating a project

  • establishing the objectives and scope of work
  • defining the needs of stakeholders
  • establishing a clear business case
  • agreeing key roles and responsibilities


Creating a project plan

  •   project definitions; work, product and organisational breakdown structures
  • networks, critical path analysis, risk management, Gantt charts and milestone charts
  • an introduction to quality management, assurance and control


Day two

Techniques for estimating resources in projects


Resourcing the plan

  • how to ensure that the plan is fully resourced, through resource histograms and resource levelling


The project communication plan

  • communicate appropriately with all stakeholders, and gain commitment from the team


Building the team

  • overview of team development and roles


Monitoring and controlling projects

  • tools and techniques



  • How to hand over to the operational team effectively


Project closure and learning review

  • how to close projects well and identify lessons learned


Individual action planning


The 1-hour multiple-choice exam (optional).

Please note: an additional cost of  £156 + VAT is required to take this exam. Those who want to study for the Certificate should book here.

Run this programme in-house

An Introduction to Project Management can also be provided in house. You choose where and when you want our trainers to deliver. We can also tailor the programme to suit your precise organisation needs. To speak to our customer services team about your particular requirements, call us on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Got a question?

Speak to one of our highly knowledgeable course advisers on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.



People who have been on this course say

The course was very good and informative with a good pace of learning. I will take a lot away with me that I can use in the workplace. Jemeela, Senior Project Management