APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

Entry level qualification suitable for people new to the field of project management

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ), previously known as the APM Introductory Certificate is an entry level qualification and is particularly suitable for those who are new to the project management discipline.  The course covers the end-to-end life cycle of a project, so that you become familiar with the processes, techniques, roles and terminology involved in Project Management.

Course Code
2 Days
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Photographic ID is required to sit the examination.
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Purpose of this course

The course is designed to give you a complete and practical introduction to project management.  The course addresses the techniques and soft skills necessary to be involved in the delivery of projects. Allowing you to take a more proactive role and make a positive contribution within any project environment, through an improved overall understanding.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for all levels of staff who are relatively new to project management or others who require an insight into project management and how it fits within the business context.

You will learn how to
  • Learn the ‘language’ of a project environment
  • Appreciate the roles involved in project management
  • Understand a project’s context
  • Identify and assess risks
  • Identify and assess stakeholders
Benefits for your organisation

Attendees will be aware of how a project differs to business as usual and the effect that constraints such as time, cost and quality have upon a project. They will also learn techniques such as risk assessment and stakeholder engagement.

Benefits for you as an individual

Will gain an appreciation of what is involved in running a project, ranging from the constraints to which a project team must be aware of two elements such as good communication and teamwork help contribute to a successful project.

Project Management in Context
  • Project management.
  • Programme management.
  • Portfolio management.
  • Project context.
  • Project sponsorship.
Planning the Strategy
  • Project success and benefits management.
  • Stakeholder management.
  • Project management plan.
  • Project risk management.
  • Project quality management.
Executing the Strategy
  • Scope management.
  • Scheduling.
  • Resource management.
  • Change control.
  • Information management and reporting.
  • Issue management.
  • Estimating.
  • Configuration management.
Business and Commercial
  • Business case.
  • Procurement.
Organisation and Governance
  • Project life cycles.
  • Handover and closeout.
  • Project reviews.
  • Organisational roles.
People and the Profession
  • Communication.
  • Teamwork.
  • Leadership.

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Pre-course work required

You will need to do around 6 hours pre-course work for this course.  The pre-course reading will be sent 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the course.

More about the exam

The Association for Project Management Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) exam will run online for all courses (virtual classroom or face to face) using the APM Surplus exam system.  The exam is a closed book one hour multiple choice exam containing 60 questions. The exam is sat at the end of day 2 and a mark of 60% or more is required to pass. 

Exam results will come directly to you from APM.

About the Lead Trainer

Brian is one of Quanta's Project and Programme Management trainers. With 28 years delivering projects, programmes and portfolios of varying complexity in numerous countries, industries and companies, he has the battle scars to ground his training in reality.

Out of work, he is a keen photographer and has been known to use his management skills in organising photo shoots.