The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (formerly APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management) is a qualification that is designed for those embarking on a project management career or for individuals who require recognition for their general project management knowledge and awareness.
This APM PFQ course is based upon the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge and covers the syllabus for the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification examination. The course covers a wide range of topics at a summary level thus providing attendees with a broad understanding of project management terminology, basic techniques and the people skills required to successfully manage a project.
APM Project Fundamentals Premium (formerly APM Introductory Certificate) provides delegates with the most comprehensive introduction for those new to project management. The 3 day duration allows for topics to be covered in greater depth.
Our Premium courses are just £995 +vat
By the end of this course you should understand the principles of project management and key concepts including:-
- Project Management Plan
- Business Case
- Project Risk
- Quality Management
- Change Control
- Communication and Reviews
You will be able to take an active part in a project team and make a positive contribution to any project environment.
Prior knowledge or experience of project management is not essential. However, the course is intensive and therefore delegates are advised to undertake some revision work in the evening to prepare for the Introductory Certificate examination. The additional work required during evenings will consist of consolidation reading and mock examination questions.
Delegates will be provided with pre-course reading prior to attending the course. The success on the course will be enhanced by close attention to the pre-reading materials.
1. Project management and the operating environment
Definition of project and project management
Key purpose of project management
Definition of programme management and portfolio management
Relationship of programme management and portfolio management to project management
Differences between project and business as usual
Benefits of effective project management
PESTLE as a tool
2. Project life cycle
Definition & phases
Reasons for structuring projects into phases
Handover and closure
3. Management structures by which projects operate
Roles and responsibilities
Project steering group/board
Project team members
4. Project management planning
Project management plan - purpose & benefits
Ownership and approval of project management plan
Purpose of a business case
Role of the sponsor and project manager in relation to the business case
Purpose of benefits management
Use of KPIs
Stakeholder management, stakeholder analysis
Estimating & estimating funnel
Project success criteria
5. Scope management
Definition of scope management
Product Breakdown Structure (PBS) & Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Links between configuration and change control
Change control process
Configuration management process
6. Scheduling and resource management
Total float, critical path, Gantt chart, baseline, milestone
Types of resources
Resource smoothing/resource levelling
7. Risk management and issue management
Project risk and risk management
Project risk management process
Use of risk register
Issue and issue management
Use of issue log
8. Project quality management
Quality and quality management
Quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, continual improvement
Differences between quality assurance and quality control
Project reviews - gate post, benefit, peer reviews
Methods of communication
Barriers to communication
10. Leadership and teamwork
Definition - leadership
Role of project team leader
Exams & Certification
Exam: APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (Introductory Certificate)
The 1-hour exam includes 60 multiple choice questions.
Please, note that you will need to bring a photo ID for the exam.
- APM Project Fundamentals Qualification eLearning (Classroom Exam)
- APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Online (Online Exam)
- APM Project Management Qualification (Formerly APMP)
- APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) for PRINCE2 Practitioners
- Introduction to Effective Project Management
- Managing Smaller Projects
- Project Management for Non-Project Managers
You may prefer an online course if you are looking for a flexible and cost-effective solution. Online courses allow you to study at your own pace, at a time that suits you.
We have the following eLearning options available:
This APM Introductory Certificate online course is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). It's an ideal first step for those wishing to build a career in Project Management. It introduces key aspects of the APM "Body of Knowledge" including planning, scheduling, estimating and risk. There is a simulated mock exam to allow students to test themselves prior to the exam. The exam is included as part of this package.Course Info
This eLearning course provides you with broad, self-paced training to prepare you for the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification examination, aligned to the 6th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge, without the additional costs and time requirements associated with attending a traditional classroom based event.Course Info
Virtual classrooms provide all the benefits of attending a classroom course without the need to arrange travel and accomodation. Please note that virtual courses are attended in real-time, commencing on a specified date.