On April 29, 2014, Parallel Project Training announced the release of an updated version of their APM Project Management Qualification course. Being formerly referred to as the APMP, this course has highly successful ratings in this industry, and the new version is based on Parallel Project Training’s sixth edition of the Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge. This new course utilizes the popular and well-established blended learning system, offering significant benefits and developments that outweigh other approaches. These benefits include:

Podcasts to Cover Each Section

The sixth edition of this course provides 31 podcasts to cover each section of the syllabus, with these podcasts being downloaded more than 400,000 times since the 2009 launch. Proven to be highly popular among users, the latest versions had more than 4,500 downloads on the release date. Available as part of Parallel’s integrated e-learning course through Parallel Project Training’s website, these versions are also available through iTunes or an RSS feed on Android devices. Downloaders can listen to these podcasts on many of the podcast apps available on the market.

An Updated Study Guide

With the study guide becoming a de facto reference for those earning the APM Project Management Qualification, more than 4,500 individuals have utilized the study guide to prepare for the qualification exam. Users report that the study guide successfully portrays the exam syllabus and APM Body of Knowledge in clear, consistent language. This book utilizes more than 20 years of experience in APMP training, providing several case studies, sample exam questions, and exercises for students to work through. The updated study guide matches the latest syllabus, covering new sections on the Environmental and Employment legislation.


Parallel Project Training has re-built e-learning from scratch to go hand-in-hand with the new courses. With a media-enriched and bite-size design, Parallel’s e-learning can be combined with the study guide to provide users with a punchy overview of Project Management Qualification’s various topics.

Exam Prep Study Group

Included with the distance learning package, the exam prep study group offers students an online group study option for exam preparation. With more than 450 people currently or previously connected, this group provides individuals who are undergoing distance learning, modular training, or blended courses with sample questions and on-line tutor support to help prepare them for the exam.

The updated version is not the only positive change that is taking place with the qualification program. The Association for Project Management is proud to announce the renaming of the qualification to APM Project Management Qualification. This name offers a clear understanding of what the qualification is all about, which is the first step for those embarking on a new career path to become professional project managers.

Our Transition Plans

All APMP distance learning and public courses that were released on April 29, 2014, are based on the sixth edition’s subject matter. Parallel Project Training will discuss the individual transition plans with corporate clients but does recommend transitioning to the latest material in a timely fashion.

Now referred to as the APM Foundation Qualification, the APM Introductory Certificate retains the original objectives of the fifth edition course. The only change that has occurred is a name change for the learning objectives, in which they are now known as assessment criteria. The APM is currently in the process of working on an updated version of the IC study guide. Once the latest study guide is available through the APM, Parallel Project Training will update this course to the sixth edition exam version.

Parallel plans on withdrawing the fifth edition qualification by December 31, 2014, with the fifth edition e-learning and podcasts being removed from the website at the same time. Project managers who have purchased the fifth edition material but have not completed their studies by this time can upgrade to the sixth edition material for £50 (plus VAT), which will help cover the cost of the new admin and book for the latest e-learning package.

In order to stay up-to-date with future parallel project managing, individuals should base all studies on the sixth edition subject matter. When doing otherwise, please inform us when you book your courses through Parallel Project Training.