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ILM Programme and Project Management Stage 2 - Practitioner

The Stage 2 Practitioner course is designed for delegates with a fundamental understanding of the key concepts across the full range of topics relevant to the programme and project management disciplines.

"Why shouldn't I just do PRINCE2, MSP or APM PFQ?" - the reason is that you will cover all these materials and more in this course so you gain a much better perspective on the various approaches. It isn't just about gaining a qualification, it's about building you into a high performer in the programme and project management world that understands all the various methodologies, not just one or two.

The course provides a detailed development into best practice methodologies that are popular in project management (PRINCE2 and Agile). It also provides detailed training on other popular methodologies such as programme management, portfolio management, business change and portfolio, programme and project office management.

These concepts have been pulled together into a case study where a range of techniques are introduced and provide the delegate with the opportunity to put the ideas into practice along the way.

Stage 2 also requires the delegate to analyse their own project or programme practices to identify ways to enhance or implement better ways of working and the impact that they have had.


A significant benefit of taking this approach is that you will have covered the materials:

  1.  To attain the ILM award, which includes 2 workplace assignments.
  2. To attain the APM PMQ award with our additional exam preparation pack.
  3. To attain a range of Axelos qualifications with our additional exam preparation pack.
  4. To attain a range of APM Group qualifications with our additional exam preparation pack.
  5. Show evidence of your knowledge for your organisation's competence framework.
  6. The modules can be used as and when needed as part of a wider education pack.


The course is specifically aligned to help you to achieve the Level 2 competence and the basic knowledge for Level 3 for each of: 

  1.  APM Competency Framework
  2. Project Delivery Competency Framework (PDCF)
  3. P3M3 Competence Framework

Target Audience

Anyone with an interest or involvement in a project will benefit from the course content. The stage 2 course is designed for people who have a fundamental knowledge of the practices and wish to develop a deeper understanding because:

  • You have been working in a programme or project environment and want to improve their contribution to their organisation.
  • You have a business management responsibility for the delivery of improved performance and benefits.
  • You are a business sponsor (or SRO) and wish to understand how to maintain control of their programme or project.
  • You have a role in a PMO (Portfolio, Programme or Project Office) and want a deeper understanding of their role and relationship with programmes and projects.
  • You are project managers with responsibility for delivering a capability and wish to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts to help them be successful.
  • You are interested in the potential of project management concepts and how you might help their organisation.
  • Your organisation is using a competency framework (e.g. PDCF or APM) and you wish to prove you have reached the capable level.

Course Content

This course is made up of approximately 50 modules, each built around a common structure

  1. Introduction
    • Competency Ladder Introduction
    • Preparation for Learning
    • Basic Concept Video
  2. Overview
    • Concept
    • Context
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Key Information
  3. Topic Related Components
    • Common Activities and Practices
    • Common Processes or Procedures
    • Common Terminology
    • Common Techniques
  4. Conclusions
    • Knowledge Test, between 6-10 multi-choice questions
    • Suggested workplace application
    • Recommended additional reading from the P3M Framework
    • Competency Ladder update

Course Objectives

The objectives for the stage 2 course are primarily:

  1. Course to be completed within 18 months
  2. Deliver a practical knowledge across a wide range of best practice methods that are common to programme and project management
  3. Provide delegates with the capability to apply the knowledge in their working environment and analyse the opportunities and their potential impact

Learning Outcomes

Delegates will:

  • Have a broad range of knowledge about best practice and contribute to the improvement in performance of their working environment.
  • Have a broad range of knowledge about best practice and can improve their contribution to delivery and their own performance.
  • Have the confidence to Identify areas for performance improvement within the working environment.
  • Have the confidence to contribute effectively within a team through their understanding of a range of best practice working practices.
  • Understanding the key roles within a project and programme environment and their responsibilities using a variety of governance models.


The following Practitioner modules are included within the Stage 2 course.

  • Project Management and Control (based on PRINCE2 and PMQ)
  • Programme Management (based on MSP)
  • Portfolio Management (based on MoP)
  • Agile Project Management (based on AgilePM)
  • Business Change (based on CMI Change Management)
  • Principles (enhanced materials that include more complex techniques):
    • Planning
    • Benefits Management
    • Stakeholder Management
    • Risk Management
    • Requirements, Vision and Blueprint
    • Finance and Business Case
    • Governance and Control
    • Resource Management

ILM Assessment

The assessment will be in two parts:

  1. A multi-choice question test
  2. A selection of 2 assignments from a list of 10 to complete, these are based on analysing your organisation's approach and working practices and suggesting ways to improve them.

Delivery Methodology

The course has been designed so that all the knowledge you will need is available through the eLearning modules, so this gives you the choice to:

  1. Study online only
  2. Blended approach with online study and a number of trainer led online workshops, currently this is available only to in-house clients.

Course Length

The length of the course will be dependent on the time available to be dedicated by the student:

  • Online learning materials: ~60 hours
  • Assignment / Assessment: ~40 hours
  • Workshops (optional): up to 24 hours
  • Formal online assessment: 90 minutes
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