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APM Project Fundamentals Course (formerly APMIC)

Please note that this certification has recently been re-named APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) by the accreditation body (APM). It was formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate. It is a simple rebrand and the assessment criteria, learning outcomes and training models remain unchanged.

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

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Learning Objectives

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.

Course Content

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
 Project environment
 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 manager
 Project sponsor
 Project steering group/board
 Project team members
 End user

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
 Success factors
 Project reporting


5. Scope management
 Definition of scope management
 Product Breakdown Structure (PBS) & Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
 Configuration
 Change control
 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
 Resource management
 Types of resources
 Resource smoothing/resource levelling
 Procurement 

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
 Escalation process

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

9. Communication
 Methods of communication
 Barriers to communication
 Effective communication
 Communication plan

10. Leadership and teamwork
 Definition - leadership
 Role of project team leader
 Project team
 Teamwork models


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.

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