Date: 01/11/2021 - 24/11/2021
Time: All Day
Location: NCVO Offices

NB – the BOOKING FORM is at the bottom of this webpage
BOOKING DEADLINE – Friday October 1st 2021.
(but please bear  in mind the recommendations below about reading books over the summer. Best to come prepared!)

Become a professionally qualified Project Manager!

Equally suitable for New Business and Delivery staff in Development & Regeneration teams

“This is the best course for using in the day job that I’ve ever been on, there was so much useful information in here. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend HATC for the delivery of this course. This course will, without question, complement your day to day project management skills”.
Debbie Mitchell,
Project Manager,
Eastlight Community Homes (attended the 2020 course).
“There is a clear jump in difficulty from the PFQ course to this course. In hindsight I feel it would have helped to get the student handbook and all additional learning material (flash cards etc.) as early as possible so that I could begin early in finding the most effective method for me to retain such a vast amount of information. I personally found it useful creating spider diagrams for all 12 x Learning Objectives, which was created using info from the study guide, the student handbook, and the example Q & A’s quick reference guide.”
James Tyson,
Assistant Project Manager,
Longhurst Group (attended the 2020 course).

HATC response: excellent suggestion James; we will post out the additional pre-course material as soon as a delegate’s place on the course is confirmed, and not leave it until one month before the course start date.

Bulk-booking discounts: We offer the following discounts where you make a bulk-booking onto the same course:

4th, 5th & 6th places: 15% off

7th and above: 25% off

To claim the discount, insert “X% discount claimed as part of booking Y people onto this course” in the Comment field in the course Booking Form.

After the 2017 exam….before they knew they’d passed!


The PM4AHD course offers the opportunity to acquire a professional project management qualification from the Association for Project Management, the Chartered body for PM.  The course is set within the world of affordable housing development & regeneration.

It is an intensive and demanding course with 100 – 120 hours of studying, depending on experience. Approximately 60 hours of that is classroom-based & virtual learning (9 days), so candidates will need to devote 40 – 60 hours of self-study to the course. About 15-20 hours will  be homework over the period the course runs. Approximately 25 – 45 hours of pre-course study is required. This should start mid-summer, to be ready for the course in the autumn.

Candidates will need to hold the APM’s Project Fundamentals Qualification (previously called the Introductory Certificate in Project Management. HATC will run a  Project Fundamentals Qualification course in the summer, for candidates who do not already hold the PFQ. For details of our next PFQ course, click here.

The course is aimed at staff with two to five years of experience of delivering affordable housing projects.

Successful students will obtain:

  • A recognised professional qualification in project managementPMQ: the Project Management Qualification. This is awarded by the Association for Project Management, the Chartered body for project management in the UK;
  • An HATC Certificate covering the application of the project management skills learned in a series of case studies.

 To apply complete the Booking Form at the bottom of this webpage.

Course Focus

The PM4AHD course focuses on two specific areas:

PM Theory

The syllabus covers formal project management skills from project inception to closure. It covers the professional tools and techniques used in project planning, control and delivery. It is relevant for members of both New Business and Delivery teams. Successful candidates obtain a professionally recognised qualification, the PMQ. A list of the PMQ syllabus topics is set out at the bottom of this webpage or can be downloaded here.

PM Practice

These exercises require students to use the knowledge they have acquired in the Theory section to plan and control a case study based on a real affordable housing scheme.

Course Details

Study Periods: This is a blended course mixing classroom and virtual delivery. There are two 2-day classroom sessions – one at the start of the course to allow everyone to meet one another, and the other at the end of the course for final revision and exam. In between there are 6 days of virtual delivery, generally a Monday and Thursday of each week to maintain momentum.

Planned dates are as follows:.

Classroom 1: Mon/Tues Nov 1/2
Virtual days
Thurs Nov 4; Mon Nov 8; Thurs Nov 11; Mon Nov 15; Thurs Nov 18 & Mon Nov 22.
Classroom 1: Tues / Wed Nov 23/24

Our expectations of you

Students will be expected to:

  • read 4 books (see below) before the course starts,
  • study these in your own time. The self-study time needed is approximately 40 – 60 hours
    • 25 – 45 hours of pre-course study, reading and thinking about the 4 books listed below. This study should start mid-summer, to allow you to  assimilate the information you will be getting, and then process it, to begin to develop an  understanding of the topics. It takes time for the information overload to move from a being a mental whirlwind, and settle into understanding. You will need to give yourself that time!
    • 15 – 30 hours during the course period, depending upon experience and the amount of pre-course study undertaken
  • complete and submit mock PMQ exam questions as evening homework during the study periods, and between study periods.

You should expect to do 1 – 2 hours private study each evening during the study periods, consisting of completing mock exam questions and revision. You should also expect to undertake planned revision and submit answers to mock exam questions between the study periods, requiring approximately 7 – 10 hours work each week. Our tutors will provide on-line feedback to answers to examination questions that you submit.

Our experience shows that exam success is directly related to:

  • whether the pre-course reading has been undertaken, and completed sufficiently in advance of the course that the ideas and concepts have had an opportunity to begin to settle;
  • whether students use the opportunity to submit mock exam questions – this helps the tutors give targeted and helpful feedback;
  • the amount of time that students put into revision and exam answers.

Please remember that this course finishes with an exam, and that success is directly related to the amount of work undertaken.

Pre-course reading -:

    1. PMQ Study Guide  – read this first –  It is the official APM Study Guide for the exam. Available here (£35)
    2. PMQ Primer (2017)  Robin Kay – read this next. It covers the same ground as the Study Guide (above), but explains the syllabus topics differently, which is helpful.  It is available from Amazon here. (£29)
    3. The HATC PMQ Student Handbook: read this next; this pdf is sent to you as soon as your place on the course is paid.
    4. APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition (available here for £50). Read this last. It gives a brief overview of all the topics addressed in PM. As the APM’s summary of professional wisdom, it is mandatory reading, but (it has to be said), it’s harder work than the others!

We strongly advise students to begin this reading as soon as possible, certainly several months before the course – it takes time for new concepts and ideas to settle, and the patterns to appear i.e. understanding to emerge.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must have

  • 2- 5 years experience of delivering projects within the affordable housing sector, AND
  • hold the APM’s Project Fundamentals Qualification (previously known as the Introductory Certificate in Project Management or PRINCE2 Foundation.

For applicants who do not already hold the PFQ, HATC runs this 2-day course regularly. PM4AHD students are eligible for a 25% discount off the cost of the PFQ course when both are booked together. For more details click here.

This course is intensive, with a lot to learn. However, it is within the ability of the great majority of HA Development and Regeneration staff who want to move beyond the PFQ and are prepared to work hard over the course period.

Course fees and costs

The PM4AHD course fee is £2,950 plus VAT (£3,540). This includes APM exam fees and invigilator costs.

Students will also need to spend £115 on project management books (see above) or have access to them from libraries.

The course fee equates to £295 plus VAT per day.


The main assessments are:

The PMQ examination: This is set and marked by the Association for Project Management (APM). The APM is the Chartered body for project management in the UK. Successful candidates will attain the professional qualification PMQ (Project Management Qualification). Assessment for the PMQ part of the course will take place at the end of Week 3. Other assessments in the form of mock PMQ exam questions coursework will also be set during the course, as described above.

The Project Management in Practice exercises: This will be undertaken by the students in groups throughout the study weeks.

Candidates who are successful in both assessments will attain a Certificate from HATC Ltd.

The Course Team

Name Role Responsibility
Andrew Drury Course Leader Overall responsibility for the course; delivers the course. Point of contact when on-site.
David Atkinson Fellow of the APM Assists with marking practice questions and quality-checks course material for compliance with APM requirements.
Amanda Drury Course Administrator Initial contact point for bookings, course administration and when students are off-site.


Booking Form

Bookings are closed for this event. However, we will run this course again shortly. Please visit the Open Courses webpage for more details.