2020 Project Management for Affordable Housing Development: Theory & Practice


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Become a professionally qualified Project Manager!

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

BOOKING DEADLINE – Wednesday September 30th 2020. 

(but please bear  in mind the recommendations below about reading books over the summer. Best to come prepared!)


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

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

For a detailed review of the course by 4 students, click here.




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 60 – 80 hours of studying, depending on experience. Approximately 20 hours of that is classroom-based learning, so candidates will need to devote 40 – 60 hours of self-study to the course. About 15 hours will  be homework over the period the course runs, and so 25 – 45 hours 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.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Friday 11th October 2019.

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


Course Focus

The PM4AHD course focuses on two specific areas:

Project Management 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.

Project Management 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: 9 days in total over 3 study periods, with a one or two week gap between each study period, specifically 3 days study / 2 week gap / 3 days study / 2 week gap / 3 days study.

Planned dates are as follows:.

Period 1: Mon 9th Nov – Wed 11th Nov inclusive
Period 2: Mon 23th Nov – Wed 25th Nov inclusive
Period 3: Mon 7th Dec – Wed 9th Dec inclusive

Day 1 sessions start at 9.45am; other days start at 9.00am. Day 3 sessions finish at 4.00pm; other days finish at approximately 5pm.


Our expectations of you

Students will be expected to:

  • read 4 books (see below) and the (supplied by us)  Student Notes before the course starts,
  • study these in your own time. The self-study time needed is approximately 45 – 65 hours
    • 20 – 40 hours of pre-course study, reading and thinking about the 3 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!
    • 25 – 40 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 -:

    • The course handbook (provided one month before the course starts), and is mandatory reading.

In addition, students should read the following over the 3 -6 months before attending the course.

NB – The APM have announced that they are moving their exams from being based on the 6th edition of the Body of Knowledge (BoK) to the 7th edition, with effect from 2021. Authors of the guides are updating their books accordingly. The updated PMQ Study Guide should be available from June. We don’t have a publication date for the Robin Kay guide.

This course therefore will continue to use the syllabus and exams based on the 6th edition of the Body of Knowledge.

    1. PMQ Study Guide  – read this first –  It is the official APM Study Guide for the exam. Available here (£49.95)
    2. Project Management Demystified, (3rd edition) Geoff Reiss – read this next. It provides some light relief…..it has a cheery tone and jokes! It covers the main PM topics, and highlights the day-to-day reality that scheduling is a very large part of effective PM. It is available from Amazon here. (£34.99)
    3. APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition (available here for £49.95). 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 – 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. 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 £125 on project management books (see above) or have access to them from libraries.

The course fee equates to £328 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.

PMQ Syllabus


Topic Ref Topic Name
1.1 Project Management
1.2 Programme Management
1.3 Portfolio Management
1.4 Project Context
1.5 Project Sponsor
1.6 Project Office
2.1 Project Success & Benefits Management
2.2 Stakeholder Management
2.4 Project Management Plan
2.5 Project Risk Management
2.6 Project Quality Management
2.7 Health, Safety & Environmental Management
3.1 Scope Management
3.2 Scheduling
3.3 Resource Management
3.4 Budgeting & Cost management
3.5 Change Control
3.6 Earned Value Management
3.7 Information Management & Reporting
3.8 Issue Management
4.1 Requirements Management
4.3 Estimating
4.7 Configuration Management
5.1 Business Case
5.4 Procurement
6.1 Project Life Cycles
6.5 Handover & Closeout
6.6 Project Reviews
6.7 Organisation Structure
6.8 Organisational Roles
6.9 Methods & Procedures
6.10 Governance of Project Management
7.1 Communication
7.2 Teamwork
7.3 Leadership
7.4 Conflict Management
7.5 Negotiation


Date(s) - 09/11/2020 - 09/12/2020
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