APM Accredited

APM PFQ: Project Fundamentals Qualification

Is this course for you?

No prior knowledge is required. This course is for you if you want to start a career in project management. Its also ideal for members of a project team who need to improve their understanding of the processes, tools and language of project management.

Level: Introductory
Delivery method: Classroom
Course duration: 2 days
Times: 09:00 - 17:00
Venue: Southampton - Solent or London
Exam type: 1 hour multiple choice
Exam mode: Classroom/ On-line
Pre course work: None
Course location: Southampton or London
Course dates in Southampton:

25th February 2019

13th May 2019

02nd September 2019

02nd December 2019


Price (exc.VAT):£649
Course dates in London:

18th March 2019

28th May 2019


Price (exc.VAT):£749

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

By the end of the course you will be able to:Apply the principles of project management that include:

    • The business case
    • Project scope
    • Project delivery
    • Risk
    • Progress
    • Change
    • Understand the language of project management
    • Confidently take the PFQ exam

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. During the course you will, from time to time, work in groups undertaking interactive quizzes, exercises and engaging in debate.

The course combines the principles of project management theory with practical exercises and realistic case studies.  You will be expected to join in and contribute.

The intention of the course is to provide you with the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project and to prepare you for the exam. The 1 hour multiple choice exam takes place at the end of the final day. Over the past five years 99% of our delegates have successfully passed the examination. On completion of the course you will be able to apply many of your new skills to your projects.

To achieve this, the course will focus on various topics from the syllabus.

What is included in the cost?

APM approved trainer, official course handbook, course notes, exam fee, PFQ Certificate, *refreshments and *lunch (* Southampton venue only).

What examination is taken?

PFQ: Project Fundamentals Qualification exam: 1-hour multiple-choice, 60 questions - 60% pass mark. The APM will inform you of your result by email within 2 weeks.

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.


A structured approach to Project Management

Project Management and the Operating Environment

Project Management and the Operating Environment

We differentiate projects from non-projects, explore programme and portfolio management and investigate the influence of the business and political context on project success.

We also examine the critical role of the sponsor in project success and support that is provided by a project office.

Project Lifecycle

Projects have a clearly defined life cycle. We explore the concept, definition, development, handover and closure phases.

Management Structures by which Projects Operate

We explore the roles and responsibilities of the project manager, sponsor and users, who should work closely together to be a force towards project success.

Project Management Planning

We examine the project schedule, planning and managing resources, budgeting and cost management and the role and purpose of the business case.

Scope Management

We scrutinise how the scope of a project is derived, planned and managed and explore how change control is employed in preventing 'scope creep'.

Scheduling and Resource Management

We explore the construction of a Gantt chart and the logic and process behind its creation including the need for effective resourcing.

Risk and Issue Management

We look at organised ways to understand, catalogue and deal with risks, and explore useful tools to deal with them including the use of a risk register.

Quality Management

We discuss the mechanisms for the management of quality on a project and include the use of quality control techniques. We also cover the role of gate reviews.

Communications in the Project Environment

We explore how you can get the best from your team, and how to achieve an appropriate level of project communication.

Principles of Leadership and Teamwork

We investigate the basic theory used to establish a project working team.

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

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