Project Manager Qualification Exam Level One

Level One Objectives cover project activities that must be performed in the same sequence on most projects, and may be repeated several times during the project. The Level One Knowledge Standards identify the minimum competencies that should be possessed by all Commonwealth Project Managers concerning these activities. Five related competencies are presented under the following headings:

Project Manager Qualification and Selection

The project manager candidate will be able to apply the:

  • Commonwealth methodology for project manager qualifications

  • roles and responsibilities of the designated PM as defined in the standard

Project Initiation

The project manager candidate will be able to apply the:

  • Commonwealth methodology for initiation of projects

  • research and formalization of the CTP forms required for project initiation

Project Planning

The project manager candidate will be able to apply the:

  • Commonwealth methodology for detail planning of projects

  • requirements for CTP forms and project document related to detail planning

Project Execution and Control

The project manager candidate will be able to apply the:

  • responsibilities of a project manager during project execution

  • key control issues and the techniques employed to manage them

  • use of the typical measurements and calculations to evaluate project progress

  • frequency of status reporting (CTP) based on project Category identified in the Standard

Project Closeout

The project manager candidate will be able to apply the:

  • tasks associated with project closeout

  • schedule and plans that support project closeout

  • collection and documentation of lessons learned

  • formalization of the project closeout report and the post implementation review

 

Project Manager Qualification Exam Level Two

Level Two Objectives cover project activities that are performed intermittently throughout the project to support the Level One processes, depending on the nature of the project. The Eight Level Two related competencies are presented under the following headings:

Project Scope Management

The project manager candidate will be able to:

  • Convey the relationship between scope and project failure

  • Communicate how projects are initiated and selected

  • Outline activities, inputs, and outputs of scope initiation, planning, definition, verification

  • Formulate a project charter and WBS

Project Time Management

The project manager candidate will be able to:

  • Establish the policies, procedures, and documentation for planning, developing, managing, executing, and controlling the project schedule.

  • Provide guidance and direction on how the project schedule will be managed

  • Examine the different types of cost estimates and methods for preparing them

  • Calculate earned value as it applies to time management

Project Cost Management

The project manager candidate will be able to:

  • Convey the importance of project cost management

  • Apply basic project cost management principles, concepts, and terms

  • Examine the different types of cost estimates and methods for preparing them

  • Calculate earned value as it applies to cost management

Project Quality Management

The project manager candidate will be able to:

  • List and explain common principles of quality management (QM)

  • List, distinguish between, and describe the processes and tools of Quality Planning, Assurance, and Control

  • Apply QM principles to Project Management

Project Communication Management

The project manager candidate will be able to:

  • List and describe project communication processes, inputs, outputs, and tools

  • List and apply project communication skills and methods

  • Compare methods of information distribution

  • Explain the purposes of Administrative Closure

Project Risk Management

The project manager candidate will be able to:

  • List and describe risk management planning, identification, analysis, response planning and monitoring and control on a project

  • Apply best practices to increase the probability and impact of positive events and decrease the probability and impact of negative events

Project Procurement Management

The project manager candidate will be able to:

  • List and describe activities, inputs, outputs, and tools of the 5 procurement management processes

  • Describe and contrast the types of contracts

  • Define and describe: SOW, RFQ, RFP

  • List potential mistakes in managing procurement contracts and list guidelines for preventing them

Project Stakeholder Management

The project manager candidate will be able to:

  • Identify the people, groups, or organizations that could impact or be impacted by the project

  • Analyze stakeholder expectations and their impact on the project

  • Develop appropriate management strategies for effectively engaging stakeholders in project decision and execution