APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) is a course for people starting out in project management, who want to understand the basic principles and terminology of project management.

From £395

Aimed at: New project managers

Exam: 1 hour

Teaching type:

  • 2-day online course
  • Distance learning
  • In-house classroom

Your study options
Parallel offers a range of study options for the APM PFQ course. Whether you are an individual looking for training or a corporate client with large groups of candidates, we have an option to suit you.


Virtual classroom

Open to the public, these courses are suitable for anyone looking to gain the APM PFQ. Our live 2-day virtual classroom courses get excellent feedback and are led by our experienced project management trainers. Parallel PFQ training doesn’t just involve sitting and listening to the trainer talk for 2 days – you will be encouraged to participate in discussions and understand theoretical concepts through real-world examples.  

Distance learning

Study at your own pace and on your own timescale with our distance learning packages and online learning platform. Taking place online, you can work the course around your other commitments. The APM PFQ exam is an online exam which you can take at any time convenient to you. During the exam you are observed by a remote proctor using a web cam, so you do need to book your slot 72 hours in advance.

Corporate solutions

We have more than 15 years’ experience delivering APM PFQ training courses for corporate clients. We can provide dedicated virtual training for your team to help them achieve the APM PFQ. Our corporate clients value the APM PFQ for their staff. It provides a strong foundation and improves understanding of fundamental project management principles. Ultimately, this will help to improve project delivery and efficiency.

Course overview

The APM PFQ is a qualification developed by the APM, the chartered body for the project profession. It is a practical course for those new to managing projects or members of project teams who want a better understanding of the processes, tools and language of project management.

Parallel Project Training is an APM accredited training provider, ensuring you receive the best professional project management training available. Through the APM PFQ, we will give you the skills and knowledge to be able to start leading projects effectively and efficiently.

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Topics covered

communication methods in project operating environment

Project management and the operating environment

Understand how projects differ from business-as-usual. Learn about the influence of the external context on project success. Explore the different types of life cycle – linear, iterative (e.g., agile) and hybrid.

deciding project roles and responsibilities

Project roles

Explore the various roles and responsibilities that contribute to project success. These include the project manager, project governance, project sponsor, product owner and the users.

project manager reviewing project scope

Scope and project planning

Learn how to define the project scope and baseline and begin planning your project. Understand the role of scheduling, estimating and resource management and how to plan for different life cycles.

project manager communicating project risks

Risk and issue management

Understand the differences between risks and issues. Learn how to catalogue and manage risks and issues. Explore useful tools for dealing with risks and issues, such as risk and issue registers.

checking ROI for risk management on a project

Quality management

Understand the importance of quality management. Learn the difference between quality planning, quality assurance and quality control. Learn about the activities that constitute the different areas of quality.  

group of people learning basic project management skills

Communication, leadership and teamwork

Learn how to get the best from the team and undertake a suitable level of, and focused approach to, project communications. Explore project leadership techniques and models to support team development.

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • £815.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • £815.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • £815.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • £815.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • £815.00 excl. VAT
Jan Underwood, DMS, MAPM, Senior Consultant

In today’s dynamic world where change is part of everyday life, individuals benefit from having project management skills and experience. Almost everyone working today will be involved with projects, either supporting them, managing them or providing expert input. The Project Fundamentals Qualification is an excellent choice which provides the basic tools, techniques and key terms that enable these individuals to gain confidence and understanding, therefore providing a positive contribution.


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Exam FAQs

Sample content: Video lectures

These are presented as short bite-size presentations by our experienced Parallel trainers. They cover all the areas required in this project management APM PFQ syllabus and are fast paced and engaging. They will help you develop a fundamental awareness of project management terminology. Topics included are:

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Sample content: Reflection exercises

During the PFQ course we also invite you to consider the implications of what we have learnt and how you can apply these lessons to the projects you manage day-to-day. For example:

  • Considering the questions we would ask a sponsor at a start-up meeting.
  • Considering the success factors, benefits and key performance indicators for a sample project and how these apply to your project.
  • Analysis of the different stakeholders in a project.
  • Considering the best structure for a project plan.
  • Considering how to respond to a risk or an issue.

The aim of these reflection exercises is to help you think about the ways in which you can apply the key learning points from the course to the projects you manage day-to-day.

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Sample content: Podcast

In this podcast, the Parallel team discuss the following assessment criteria:

  • Define the term project.
  • State the differences between a project and business-as-usual.
  • Define the term project management.
  • State the key purpose of project management.
  • Define the terms programme management and portfolio management and understand their relationship with project management.
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