Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner Overview

Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner​ Course Outline

Definition (DE)
Module 1: Key Concepts of Definition of Project

  • Understand the Basics of Definition of Projects
    • Business Case
    • Scope Management
    • Requirements Management
    • Stakeholder Management
  • Types of Hierarchical Breakdown Structures
    • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Organisation Breakdown Structure (OBS)
    • Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM)
    • Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS)
    • Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS)

Module 2: Identify Appropriate Project Information and Keys Elements

  • Works Information (WI)
    • Employers Information Specifies the Works to be Carried Out by the Supplier
    • Suppliers Response Incl. Details of how they Propose to Deliver the Works
  • Statement of Work (SOW)
    • Customer Needs and Requirements
  • Purpose of WBS
  • Key Elements
    • Good Project Planning
    • Scheduling
    • Monitoring and Control
    • Definition of Business Case
    • Definition of Scope, Requirement, and Stakeholder Management

Planning (PL)

Module 3: Facts, Terms, and Concepts for Planning of a Project

  • Definition and Outputs of Planning
  • Names and Descriptions of the Principal Scheduling Components
  • Terms of Planning
    • Dependency Management
    • Cost Estimating
    • Budgeting
  • Definition of Key Handover and Closeout Terms
    • Handover
    • Project Closeout

Module 4: Characteristics of Common Estimating Methods

  • Specific Analogy Estimating
  • Parametric Estimating
  • Delphi Technique
  • Definitive Estimating Methods
  • Activity-Based Cost (ABC) Estimating
  • Estimating Methodologies
    • Approximate Estimating Methods
    • Definitive Estimating Methods
  • Definition of the Planning Role
  • Purpose of Planning
  • Approaches to Planning
    • Top-Down Planning
    • Bottom-Up Planning
    • Agile Planning in the Software Industry
  • Planning Strategies
  • Allowing for Risk
  • Creating Breakdown Structures
  • Level 1, 2, 3, and Beyond
  • Product Breakdown Structure (PBS)
    • What is a ‘Product’ in Planning Terms?
    • Definition of a PBS
    • Purpose of a PBS
    • Constructing a PBS
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    • Principles of Designing a WBS
  • Organisational Breakdown Structure (OBS)
  • Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM)
  • RACI Matrix
  • Cost Breakdown Structure (CBS)
  • Resources Breakdown Structure (RBS)
  • Definition of Dependency Management
  • Schedule Impact
  • Handover and Project Closeout

Scheduling (SC)

Module 5: Explore the Facts, Terms, and Concepts of Scheduling Project

  • Introduction to Scheduling
  • Types of Schedules
    • Time-Based Schedules
    • Tracker Schedules
    • Schedule Design
    • Building the Schedule
    • Critical Path Method
    • Critical Path Analysis (CPA) Inputs
    • Time Analysis
    • Types of Logic Linking
    • Floats
    • Lags, Leads, and Constraints
    • Duration Estimation Techniques
    • Resources
    • Integration
    • Time Contingencies
  • Communicating the Schedule
    • Bar Charts
    • Line of Balance
    • Time Change
    • Schedule Narrative
  • Schedule Review

Module 6: Advantages and Disadvantages of Target Schedules

  • Target Schedule
  • Process of Resourcing the Schedule
  • Resource Smoothing
  • Scheduling Interfaces and Dependencies
    • Identification
    • Coding
    • Integration and Impact Analysis
    • Impact Resolution
  • Scheduling Process
    • Steps in Establishing the Schedule
    • Once the Schedule is Created
  • Checking the Schedule
    • Understanding the Project Schedule
    • Components of the Schedule Display
    • Critical Matters Not Included in Display
  • Scheduling Checks
    • Activity and Logic Checks
    • Float and Critical Path Checks
    • Resources Checks
    • Review of Schedule Risk
  • Schedule Structure
    • Schedule Density
    • Detail Density: Considerations
    • Network Templates
  • Schedule Types: Time-Based
  • Displaying Networks on Bar Charts
  • Elements of Schedule Design
  • Creating a Critical Path Network
  • Definition of Critical Path Method
  • Purpose of Critical Path Network
  • Methods of Constructing a Critical Path
  • Inputs into a Critical Path Analysis
  • Steps to Create a Network Analysis
    • Create a Logical Network
    • Forward Pass
    • Backward Pass
    • Calculation of Total Float
    • Identification of Critical Path
  • Float
  • Lags and Leads
  • Use of Constraints
  • Types of Logic Linking
  • Different Approaches to Produce Duration Estimates for the Project
    • Three-Point Estimating
    • PERT (Programme Evaluation Review Technique)
    • Comparative
    • Benchmarked Data
    • Resource Dependent and Expert Opinion
  • Resourcing the Schedule
  • Horizontal and Vertical Integration of Schedules
  • Time Contingencies
  • Bar Charts
  • Line of Balance
  • Time Chainage
  • Schedule Narrative
  • Definition of Schedule Review
  • Purpose of Schedule Review
  • Checking the Schedule
  • Planning Checks
  • Scheduling Checks

Monitor and Control (MC)

Module 7: Understand Key Concepts Monitor and Control of a Project

  • Baseline
    • Project Baseline
    • Baselining Principles
    • Baseline Maintenance
    • Re-Planning and Re-Programming
  • Performance Reporting
    • Control Systems
    • Progress Assessment
    • Variance Analysis
    • Drop a Line Method
    • Activity Weeks Method
    • Milestone Monitoring
    • Cash Flow Monitoring
    • Resource Monitoring
    • Network Analysis
    • Earned Value Analysis (EVA)
    • Basic Terminology
  • Budget at Completion
  • Planned Cost
  • Earned Value
  • Actual Cost
    • Budget Loaded Schedule
    • Budget Elements
    • Work Packages and Planning Packages
    • Setting the Baseline
    • Drawing ‘S’ Curves
    • Measuring Progress
    • Actual Costs
    • Variances and KPIs
    • Charting Variances
    • EVA and KPIs
    • Forecasting
    • Benefits of EVA
  • Cost Control
  • Short-Term Planning
    • Short-Term Planning Process
    • Make Ready Needs
    • Co-ordination Meetings
  • Change Management
    • Change Control
    • Change Control Process
    • Change Orders
    • Implementing Change
    • Communicating Change
  • Risk Management
    • Risk Management Plan
    • Risk Budget
    • Quantitative Schedule Risk Analysis (QSRA)
    • Quantitative Cost Risk Analysis (QCRA)
  • Forensic Analysis
  • Record Keeping

Module 8: Monitoring and Control of a Project

  • Performance Analysis Methods of Progress Monitoring
  • Definition of Risk Management
  • Purpose of Risk Management
  • Risk Response
  • When Risks are Mitigated, Realised, and Closed?
  • When Opportunities are Realised?
  • Documenting Changes in the Risk Budget
  • Project-Level Change: Process Overview
  • Raising a Change Request
  • Change Log
  • Initial Evaluation of the Change Request
  • Estimating Impact of Change
  • Detailed Evaluation of Change Request
  • Approved Request
  • Implementing the Change
  • Communicating the Change
  • Monthly Change Reporting Requirements
  • Distribution Types
  • Application of Risks to Schedule Activities
  • Purpose of QCRA and QCRA process
  • Baseline
  • Curves Showing Planned Value, Actual Cost and Earned Value
  • Cost and Schedule Variance
  • Cost and Schedule Variance Charts
  • Bulls Eye Performance Charts
  • Short-Term Planning Process
  • Definition of Forensic Analysis
  • Purpose of Forensic Analysis
  • Methods of Forensic Analysis

APMG Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner ® Online Exams

*After completing 4 days of Online instructor-led/classroom training and successfully passing your Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation Exam, the fifth day of this course is a flexible exam preparation day to complete at your convenience, to prepare you to take and pass your Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Practitioner exam online.

We provide comprehensive support during the exam process to make the experience as simple as possible. This exam can be taken at a suitable time, subject to availability; online, anywhere.

Benefits of Project Planning and Control™ online exams include:

  • Proven higher pass rates
  • Quicker Results
  • Save Travel Costs
  • Flexibility
  • Convenient
  • Sit your exam at your home, office, or work when you are ready

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Who should attend this Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner Course?

This Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner Course is designed for anyone who wants to learn the knowledge, skills, and best practices related to planning and controlling projects. This training course is beneficial for these professionals:

  • Project Managers
  • Planning Engineers
  • Project Control Engineers
  • Program Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Quality Assurance Professionals
  • Risk Managers

Prerequisites of this Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner Course

There are no formal prerequisites in this Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner Training Course. However, it will be beneficial to have some basic knowledge of Project Management. Also, successful completion of the Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation Examination is required before moving on to the Practitioner section of this course.

Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner​ Course Overview

Project planning is a method for finishing a project within a specific timeframe, mainly with particular stages and selected resources. Project control is a method for collecting and examining project information to manage costs and schedules on track. Project Planning and Control include initiating, planning, controlling, monitoring, interacting, and closing project schedules and costs. Project Planning and Control provides organisations with an objective approach to handle and prevent different risks from arising in the future. This course will help individuals get their desired job related to planning and controlling projects in the future. It is an excellent career with handsome salaries and lots of variety at work.

Our 5-day Project Planning and Control™ Foundation and Practitioner Training course aim to provide delegates with a comprehensive knowledge of monitoring and controlling a project. During this course, delegates will learn about critical path methods and Critical Path Analysis (CPA) inputs. They will also learn about various essential topics such as steps to create a network analysis, forensic analysis methods, baseline maintenance, PERT (Programme Evaluation Review Technique), product breakdown structure, Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM), etc. Our highly professional trainer with years of experience in teaching such courses will conduct this training course and will help you get a comprehensive understanding of PPC guidance.

This training will also cover the following concepts:

  • Delphi technique
  • Organisational Breakdown Structure (OBS)
  • Integration and impact analysis
  • Displaying networks on bar charts
  • Horizontal and vertical integration of schedules
  • Cash flow monitoring
  • Raising a change request

At the end of this Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner course, delegates will be able to develop and manage the corporate sales team and deal with clients effectively. They will be able to monitor and implement proactive control of the project.

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What’s included in this Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner Course?

  • Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation Examination
  • Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Practitioner Examination
  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation Certificate
  • Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Practitioner Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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Project Planning and Control (PPC) Foundation Exam Information

The Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation introduces the fundamentals of project planning and control techniques, while the practitioner level delves into the detailed application of these techniques, empowering professionals to efficiently plan, monitor, and control complex projects. 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice 
  • Total Questions: 50 
  • Total Marks: 50 Marks 
  • Pass Marks: 50% or 25/50 Marks 
  • Duration: 40 minutes 
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Closed Book

Project Planning and Control (PPC) Practitioner Exam Information

The Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Practitioner exam evaluates a candidate's expertise in applying advanced planning and control techniques, ensuring effective management and delivery of complex projects. 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice 
  • Total Questions:
  • Total Marks: 80 Marks 
  • Pass Marks: 50% or 40/80 Marks 
  • Duration: 3 hours 
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Open Book

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Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner FAQs

Project planning is a method of executing a project in a defined timeframe, normally with defined stages and designated resources.
There are no formal prerequisites in this Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner Training course.
This Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner Training course is designed for anyone who is willing to learn how to plan and control projects effectively and wants to learn and update their project management skills.
Project controlling is a powerful tool for managing projects to ensure that goals, timeframes, and expenses have successfully complied. Effective project control is utilised to give appropriate project data enabling managers to take proper actions to keep the project on track.
The project control process examines the original performance with the estimated performance of the project. Project professionals apply this formula to compare actual performance with estimated work.
The primary reasons for planning and controlling a project are to improve communication with clients, increase the transparency of your own work, become more organised, focus on the project goal.
This Project Planning and Control™ Foundation and Practitioner Training course aim to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of various key concepts monitoring and controlling a project. You will also learn about the various essential topics such as methods of forensic analysis, resource monitoring, baseline maintenance, product breakdown structure, Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM), and many more.
The price for Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner certification in the United Kingdom starts from £1995
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for Project Planning and Control™ (PPC) Foundation and Practitioner.
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