APM Accredited project management qualification

APM Project Management Qualification, PMQ

Is this course for you?

The APM project management qualification, PMQ training course is designed for someone with a minimum of 6 months project management experience. It is also suitable if you have completed the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, PFQ course or are PRINCE2® qualified. It is beneficial if you are seeking to consolidate a structured approach to your work, and want to gain a higly recognised project management qualification. Becoming a certified APM Project Manager can improve your employability and raise your income potential.

Level: IPMA Level D
Delivery: Classroom / Live Virtual Online
Course duration: 5 days
Times: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Live Online or Southampton
Exam type: 3 hour closed-book, essay style
Exam mode: Online Proctored anytime, anywhere
Pre course work: 10-12 hours
Course dates in Southampton:

21st February 2022

25th April 2022

27th June 2022

26th September 2022

21st November 2022

Price (exc.VAT): £1,699
Course dates Live Online - confirmed:

21st February 2022

25th April 2022

27th June 2022

26th September 2022

21st November 2022

Price (exc.VAT): £1,699
About the Online Exam
Book this course

By the end of the course you will be able to:

PMQ: Project Management Qualification
  • Confidently apply the principles of project management to your project, including:
    • Define the roles in a project
    • Describe the difference between a project, programme and portfolio
    • Understand the impact of project context on success
    • Establish the project lifecycle and its benefits
    • Develop a business case
    • Prepare a project plan and baseline
    • Describe methods to lead and develop teams
    • Control a project employing earned value management
    • Explain how to manage resources
    • Explain the management of quality during project delivery
  • Take the PMQ exam on day five with an understanding of the requirements to pass.
  • Explain the benefits of project management for you and your organisation.

What Pre-work Is expected?

Your pre-course material will be delivered to you prior to the start of the course and includes the official APM Project Management Study Guide. Most people spend about 10 hours on the material which will be covered in greater detail during the course.

What is the course like?

We have an average of eight delegates per course. The course will be delivered by an APM approved trainer who will also have practical project management experience.

Our courses are highly interactive with exercises, discussion and examples to bring the subject of project management to life.

There will be practice exam questions every evening, with constructive feedback from your trainer on the following morning.

The first four days of the course are dedicated to delivering the course content. Friday morning is for exam prep, followed in the afternoon by the 3 hour closed-book and essay-style written exam.

Candidates who are qualified at PRINCE2 Practitioner level can opt to take a shorter 2-hour exam. Please note that this must be stated when booking the course. Your completed papers will be sent to the APM for marking and your results will be available within ten weeks.

What is included in the cost?

APM approved trainer, official Pre-course materials, APM Project Management Study Guide, PMQ course podcasts, PMQ handbook, PMQ exam fee, certificate, *refreshments and *lunch (* Southampton venue only).

What examination is taken?

PMQ exam. This is a closed-book, 3 hour, essay style paper. You are required to answer 10 from 16 questions covering 37 topics. The pass mark is 55%.  The APM will inform you of your result within 8-10 weeks. Candidates who are qualified PRINCE2 Practitioners can opt to take a shorter 2-hour exam answering 6 from 10 questions. Please note that this must be stated when booking the course.

What is the APM?

The Association for Project Management (APM) is an independent professional body with 550 corporate and 21,150 individual members in the UK and abroad. The APM's aim is to promote and develop project management across all sectors of industry.

APM Qualifications are designed with the intention of demonstrating to employers, clients and suppliers that the recipient is a skilled and committed project professional.

The APMP is an internationally recognised qualification (IPMA Level D) that enables individuals to demonstrate their knowledge for successful delivery of projects.


A structured approach to Project Management

Course Introduction

An overview of the course syllabus, assessment criteria and the exam arrangements.

Context and Environments

We explore how projects transform ongoing operations and how projects support strategic change as part of a co-ordinated programme or portfolio of projects. We explore how projects transform ongoing operations and how projects support strategic change as part of a co-ordinated programme or portfolio of projects.

Organisations and Project Structures

Projects need to work in a wide range of different organisations and cultures. To be effective, a project team needs clear roles and responsibilities. We explore different types of organisation and key responsibilities.

Project Lifecycles

We explore the project lifecycle and benefits of adopting a standard lifecycle for a project. Project reviews and benefits of capturing lessons learned from projects are also covered.

Organisation and Governance

We discuss the principles of governance and how a project management method supports project governance. In addition we explore the use of a standard across the project lifecycle.


Identification and management of stakeholders is a key to good communications in a project environment is. We explore the processes for managing stakeholders, the contents and structure of a communications plan and the factors affecting communications.

Conflict and Negotiation

Conflict and resolving conflicts by negotiation is a critical skill for project managers. We explore the different approaches to conflict resolution and the stages in the negotiation process.

Leadership and team work

We explore how to develop and lead successful teams. Discuss the leadership qualities of a project manager, principles of motivation, team motivation, situational leadership models, and benefits of effective teams and team working.

Scope Management

We define scope in terms of outputs, outcomes and benefits and explain how to manage scope through requirements management and configuration management. We also investigate the stages in change control and the relationship between change control and configuration management.

Planning for Success

We explore the business case through to the project management plan. The purpose of a business case, benefits management, authorship and ownership of a business case. We also explore the importance of payback, internal rate of return and net present value for project business cases.

Scheduling and resource management

Planning and controlling activities and resources are vital elements of project control. We explore detailed project planning, estimating techniques, the process to create a schedule, techniques of depicting a schedule, and the advantages and disadvantages of using scheduling software.

Risk Management

We explore a proactive risk management process, its stages, risk response planning, benefits of risk management and the difference between risk and issue management. Finally the importance of a risk and issue escalation process.

Quality Management

Poor quality management results in poor customer satisfaction, cost variances and project delays. We explore elements of quality management that include quality planning, assurance, control, continuous improvement and the practical application of quality management.


Finding the right supplier and working with them constructively to complete the project, is vital to success. We explore the role of a procurement strategy and the different forms of contractual relationship and payment types as described in the APM Body of Knowledge.

Course Downloads

Course info pdf downloadAPM Qualifications
Course info pdf downloadAPM BOK definitions
Course info pdf downloadAPM Fundamentals BoK6 Syllabus
Course info pdf downloadAPM Fundamentals BoK6 sample paper

Book this course

Acknowledgements: PRINCE2® is a registered trademarks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.