Principles of Change Management (PCM) Foundation (inc exam)




This 3 day course provides delegates with the opportunity to explore approaches to managing change. During the course we will look at how to build the foundations for successful change. Four core areas will be explored: change and the organisation, change and the individual, communications and stakeholder engagement and change management in practice. Together they will enable a delegate to develop a comprehensive change management plan to support effective change within an organisation.


Prior to the course delegates will receive learning material to help them prepare adequately. All relevant course materials are provided, including the core textbook "The Effective Change Manager's Handbook". The course concludes with the Change Management Foundation Examination.


During this course you will learn to:
• Recognise the drivers for change
• Consider the impact of change on individuals within the organisation
• Identify different organisation cultures and understand their impact on the change process
• Select an appropriate framework to use as the basis for the creation of a change management plan
• Plan learning activities to support change
• Identify and analyse stakeholders to understand their influence on the change plan
• Create and implement a communications management plan
• Develop an effective change team
• Develop organisations that can respond well to change

In addition, delegates will be provided with advice and guidance on the Foundation examination

The course will cover the following syllabus areas:

Change and the organisation

Defining change

Organisations are exposed to wide variety of factors which they need to respond to in order to survive and prosper. Delegates will consider

• Why their organisations need to change and the implications for this on the design of the change programme

Change, the organisation and the individual

A change management perspective

Successful change typically involves careful design and delivery of new products, services or processes. However, the same care and attention is also needed for the "people" element of any change. Delegates will consider:

• The impact of change on the individual and what implications this has when planning change
• How different organisational cultures can affect the change experience
• What frameworks are available support the creation of a "people focused" change management plan
• Key roles in supporting successful change

Education and learning support

Change usually involves people learning new ways of working. Effective change management recognises this and incorporates learning and development into the change management plan.
Delegates will consider:

• The process of learning
• Identifying and meeting learning needs
• The implications of "learning styles" when designing learning interventions

Communications and stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder strategy

Change agents need to understand who will be affected by the change so that their requirements can be taken into account while minimising disruption to current operational performance. Delegates will learn how to:

• Identify and analyse stakeholders
• Develop effective influencing strategies

Communication and engagement

Effective communications are fundamental to any successful change. Delegates will consider:

• The theory of effective communications
• The use of different communication channels
• How to develop a communications plan
• How to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the communications

Change management in practice

Change impact

Change does not occur in isolation. Change agents will need to manage the relationship between the change journey, business continuity and successfully embedding the change. Delegates will be shown:

• Tools that help assess the wider impacts of the change and so ensure a comprehensive change management plan is developed

Change readiness, planning and measurement

Even if an organisation is effective today, change is likely to be heading its way. Successful organisations start planning for change long before it becomes a necessity. Delegates will learn how to:

• Build motivation to change
• Build organisational readiness for change
• Prepare for resistance
Personal and professional management

One individual is unlikely to be able to undertake all the activities to support successful change. Typically, teams will be involved in supporting and shaping the change. Delegates will consider how to:

• Develop effective teams to help manage change

Change Management Foundation Examination
The examination is:
• Externally accredited by the APMG
• 40 minutes
• Closed book
• Multiple-choice (with 50 questions and a pass mark of 25/50)

Delegates will be provided with sample examination papers so they can text their understanding of the course material and prepare for the Foundation examination

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  • Location: Reading
  • Telephone: 0333 443 2717 ref: PMPCMF
  • Residential: No
  • Course Title: Principles of Change Management (PCM) Foundation (inc exam)
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Cost: £1991 (Ex VAT)
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