Frequently asked questions

Do I need to attend Understanding the Development Process before the later courses?

No – although the courses are written as a comprehensive programme, not attending UDP will not mean you cant follow the later courses.  We recap anything in UDP that is applicable.

Do I need to attend all of the courses?

No - the courses run through the entire development process, UDP at a high level and then the later courses in more detail, if some are not applicable to your role then feel free to attend one or some.

Are they exams at the end of the courses?

Only the ones that say so in the course outline – the Project Management courses.  We may ask questions to ensure understanding but there is no test as such.

Will I get a certificate after the course?

We provide attendance certificates for all non-examined courses, the Project Management ones are examined and so you will receive certification from the APM if you pass the exam.

Do I need to take notes?

Not necessarily – we provide a handout with notes on it, if you need to take additional ones feel free.

Do I need to bring anything?

Not essentially but you might want to print the handout to take additional notes.  There is no need to bring along the course preparation documents but you can if you wish to ask questions or discuss.

Do I need to prepare for the course?

If you want to get the best out of them then you should think about what questions you want answering, there are no stupid questions and we don’t want you to leave with anything still bugging you.

What is the dress code?

There isn’t one, other than nothing offensive please, most people come smart casual.

Finishing times

We will always finish on time and so you can safely book trains in accordance with those.  We can take into account requests to finish early if we shorten breaks and start earlier for example.

Is lunch provided?

Yes and plenty of it, if you have specific dietary needs please let us know.

Is the venue disability friendly?

Yes there are lifts and level access from the road. 

Do you run the course virtually?

Yes – we arrange virtual ones by request, classroom has proved to be preferred environment but we understand logistics may mean virtual is the only option for many.  We will advertise all courses via the M3/HATC website.

What if I am unwell?

We will try and transfer you to a subsequent course, please contact nasreen.asaria@m3h.co.uk

How long do I need to have been in my role to attend the intermediate level courses?

There is no set time but you’ll probably get more out of the courses if you have a few months experience of being around other development people so that the language is familiar (albeit if you don’t understand it all).

What happens if I have questions after the course?

We run regular virtual surgery sessions that you will be invited to (these are free), in these we chat and help each other with queries and things that have come up or we’ve forgotten.  Development is constantly changing so every day new things come up, don’t be afraid to come along and ask.

I’m not sure which course is best for me?

Contact us and we will try and help you decide.

How basic is the Understanding the Development Process course?

The course is designed by people who have sat in your shoes new to development, not understanding a bean of what is being said at meetings so we try and cut through the jargon and shop talk.  It goes through the process at a high level without too much detail so that those who are new to development can follow easily, but we have many attendees who have been in development for some time come along to gain a better understanding.  We talk about the whole industry and build in lots of time for questions, so we can go into detail if we need to.

Does Financial Viability Explained course use Pamwin?

No – the course is aimed at getting underneath the appraisal models we use to the calculations themselves, so we use MS Excel sheets in the demonstrations and explain what the terminologies mean so that you can better understand what is going on.  If you want Pamwin specific training please contact us to arrange.

Who presents the courses?

All of our courses are presented by people who are experienced in developing social and open market housing and working in the construction and development sector.  We are not academics but people who do the job and have learnt it the hard way.

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