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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

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.

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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)
 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

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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