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Project management training – more information

Projects and change

Projects bring change

Projects are how organisations bring about change.Projects enable organisations to bring new products to market, deliver improved services to customers, increase operational efficiencies and improve internal processes.

Working on projects

Usually, staff throughout an organisation are affected by, or take part in projects.

If you are a member of a project team, a team leader, project manager, project sponsor or project support, you will benefit from attending a project management training course.

Or, if you are just interested and want to learn about project management methodologies and theory, or learn the most important project management tools and techniques, we have the right course for you.

Read on for more details of the types of training available.

Project managers in demand

Project management training in the UK helps develop the skills needed by project managers.

Project managers are part of a growing profession, and the number of related jobs increases every year (see chart).

According to the American Project Management Institute (PMI) between 2017 and 2027, over 20 million new project management roles will be created globally in just seven industries [1].

[1] Project Management Institute. (2017). Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017 & 2027. Available: public/pdf/learning/job-growth-report.pdf. Last accessed 03 November 2023.

Learn practical project manager skills

By attending a project manager course you learn practical skills to apply on projects.

All our training courses include a theoretical part which helps you learn topics such as:

  • The project life cycle
  • Project management processes
  • Project management roles and responsibilities
  • How projects fit in with programmes
  • Common project management tools and techniques.

Training improves your skills as a project manager

The knowledge you gain from attending project manager training a course will help you to effectively work on or manage projects.

In turn, this will help your employer since you’ll be better contributing to successfully realizing benefits from better-managed projects.

A project management course from Knowledge Train equips you with the hard project management skills e.g. planning, risk or quality management.

Some courses in project management also equip you with soft project manager skills and competencies too. For example, leadership skills which successful project managers require.

Benefits of project management training

  • Better job opportunities as a project manager.
  • Higher salaries.
  • The skills and knowledge to work on or manage projects.
  • Improved confidence to work on or manage projects.
  • Recognition of your skills by your employer and colleagues.
  • Better outcomes from your projects (benefit to your organisation).
  • You can gain internationally recognised qualifications to enhance your career prospects as a project management professional.

Project manager career

If you’re thinking about starting a project management career or developing your project management career, we have articles to help you plan your career before choosing the best project management certification and training course.

Choosing the best project management course

If you’re trying to get into project management as a career, then before choosing your project manager course, read Is it worth doing a project management course?

The article gives career advice for people wanting to get into project management. It describes the best courses in the UK to help you develop your project management skills.

Choosing the best project management certification

Choosing the best project management certification describes each of the different project management certifications from all the main certification bodies in the UK and abroad.

Project manager interview techniques

If you are attending a job interview these project manager interview techniques might be useful.

Project manager training - FAQs

What is the best project management course for beginners?

The best project management course for beginners would be a 1-day introduction to project management course. On this training course you learn the basic terminology and concepts of project management. You don’t need any previous experience of being a project manager.

After taking the 1-day course, and you later wanted to get a professional project manager qualification you could consider taking a PRINCE2 Foundation course, or APM Project Fundamentals Qualification course from the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK.

What is the best project management qualification for beginners?

If you are based in the UK, then the best qualification for beginner project managers is either PRINCE2 Foundation, or APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ).

Both of these are entry-level qualifications to the project manager profession. To pass either of the exams for these qualifications, you must show an understanding of key project management areas such as planning, quality, business case, risk, managing change and issues.

Both exams contain multiple-choice questions and courses can be taken online as self-study e-learning courses, or online in virtual classroom, or live classroom training courses with professional instructors.

If you are based outside of Europe, then the best project management qualification for beginner project managers would be the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

What is the best project management qualification in the UK?

The best project management credentials in the UK depends upon your existing experience and qualifications.

Beginner project managers should choose either the PRINCE2 Foundation certification or the APM PFQ (Project Fundamentals Qualification).

If you work in an agile project environment, then you have 2 alternatives. You could take either the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certification, or the Agile Project Management (AgilePM) Foundation qualification.

If you already have a project manager qualification, then you should consider these options:

What is the best project management qualification?

The best project management qualification depends upon several factors – what you hope to do with it, and where you want to use it.

Let’s take location first. Undoubtedly, the most popular professional qualification in the UK, Europe, and Australia is PRINCE2. In most of the rest of the world, qualifications from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® are more popular.

So, if you intend to seek work anywhere outside the UK, Europe or Australia, then get yourself certified in one of the two PMI qualifications: Project Management Professional (PMP)®, or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.

If you intend working in Europe, get yourself certified in PRINCE2, and if you intend working in the UK, get certified at both PRINCE2 Practitioner and APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) levels.

Note: the APM qualifications align with the IPMA® Level A, Level B, Level C, and Level D qualifications. IPMA® is a registered trademark of IPMA in Switzerland and other countries.

What is the best project management course to study online?

Online project management courses are available in PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, Agile Project Management (AgilePM), APM PFQ and APM PMQ, and PMI CAPM® and PMP®.

Whether you study online depends upon whether you prefer to self-study. Learning about project management from home is great if you cannot travel to a classroom course, for example you live a long way from a classroom course.

Studying online will also save you money. Online courses are often cheaper than classroom courses, and you don’t need to spend money on hotels or transport.

Plus, you can study at your own pace, in your own time, so you build your study plan entirely based upon your own needs.

Online project management training typically requires from 12 to 35 hours study time in the case of a PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course. So, if you are planning on getting your 35 PDUs so you can apply to the PMI for your PMP® credentials, an online PRINCE2 Practitioner course will help you meet the criteria.

Where can I take project management classes?

Project management courses are available in many UK cities including: Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Reading, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, Telford. Courses are also available in Dublin, Ireland.

Project management classes also take place online in virtual classrooms. All virtual classroom courses use the latest digital learning technology. In a virtual learning environment, you can take advantage of the latest educational technology and software such as online chat, interactive whiteboards, video, quizzes, and online feedback.

All your need to access a virtual classroom is an internet connection, a computer and web browser. It’s a modern form of distance education, but instead of submitting essays, you interact in real-time with your instructor and other students – just like you would in a real classroom. You can take your exams online at the end of the training.

Is there a list of project management qualifications?

This list of project manager qualifications might not be an exhaustive list, but it is nevertheless quite comprehensive. It also includes closely related subjects such as programme management, portfolio management, and project management offices (PMOs).

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