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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification
What’s covered…
Gain a broad understanding of project management.

Gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession.

Learn the principles of project management.

Learn the fundamental principles of project management.

No prior knowledge or experience is required.

No prior knowledge or experience is required

Multiple Choice Questions 60
Multiple Choice

Exam questions over a one hour period.

Multiple Choice Questions 95%

APM candidates who beleive that taking an APM qualification will add value to their career.*

What isThe APM PFQ Project Fundamentals Qualification?

The APM PFQ Project Fundamentals Qualification, formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate, is a qualification developed by the Association for Project Management, 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.

At the end of the course, you will:

  • FeaturesBe able to apply the fundamental principles of project management including:
    • Defining the business case
    • Establishing scope
    • Drawing up a plan for project delivery
    • Identifying and managing risk
    • Monitoring and tracking project progress
    • Controlling change
  • FeaturesBe equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to successfully deliver benefits to your organisation through well-managed projects
  • FeaturesGain a recognised project management qualification to enhance your career prospects as a project professional
  • FeaturesDevelop the behaviours and leadership skills needed to become a successful project manager
  • FeaturesConfidently sit the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification examination


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Upcoming Public Courses APM Project Fundamentals Courses (PFQ)

Jun 09
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom
Virtual PFQ
2 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £775.00 excl. VAT
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Jul 21
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom
Virtual PFQ
2 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £775.00 excl. VAT
Online 2-day APM PFQ View
Aug 18
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom
Virtual PFQ
2 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £775.00 excl. VAT
Online 2-day APM PFQ View
Sep 19
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom
Virtual PFQ
2 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £775.00 excl. VAT
Online 2-day APM PFQ View
Oct 24
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom
Virtual PFQ
2 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £775.00 excl. VAT
Online 2-day APM PFQ View
Nov 14
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom
Virtual PFQ
2 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £775.00 excl. VAT
Online 2-day APM PFQ View
Dec 12
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom
Virtual PFQ
2 days, 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
  • £775.00 excl. VAT
Online 2-day APM PFQ View


Project Management And The Operating Environment

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

Project Lifecycles

Projects may be managed via a range of lifecycles including linear, iterative (such as Agile) and hybrid lifecycles. We will be exploring the different phases of the different lifecycles and their use

Project Roles

Here we will explore the various roles and responsibilities of the Project manager, Project Governance, Sponsor, Product Owner, and the Users. Working closely together these roles will be a powerful force towards the achievement of project success

Project Management Planning

This will include understanding the role of a project schedule, planning and managing key resources and budgeting and cost management. The role and purpose of the business case and the development of options will be explored

Project Planning

This is a significant section of the course. It includes several key areas including:

  1. The development of an overall plan for both linear and iterative lifecycles.
  2. The role of stakeholders in developing this plan and the delivery of the project.
  3. The role of a project schedule, the project baselines, planning and managing key resources and budgeting and cost management.
  4. The purpose of the case, the development of options and definition success criteria and benefits. In this section we discuss the roles of the sponsor and project manager.
  5. Different techniques to develop a robust cost estimate including analytical, analogous and parametric estimating. In this section we also discuss how the accuracy of the estimate is improves during the project lifecycle.
  6. The purpose and benefits of project progress reporting.

Scope Management

During this session we will be clearly defining how the scope for a project is derived, planned, and managed using a number of different techniques. We will cover the topic of change control as an essential part of preventing ‘scope creep’

Understand Scheduling and Resource Management

Scheduling it a key skill of all project managers. In this section we look at a number of different approaches to scheduling including, critical path, milestone planning, time boxing. For each we discuss how both internal and external resources can be planned, including external procurement

Risk and Issue Management

During this session we will look at systematic ways to understand, catalogue and deal with risks and issues. Using appropriate theory, we will explore the topic and provide useful tools to deal with them including the use of a risk and issue register. Importantly in this section we discuss the processes for issue resolution

Quality Management

Discussing and concluding adequate mechanisms for the management of quality on a project,including the use of various quality control techniques. The session will also cover the role of gate reviews

Understanding Communication

How to get the best from the team and how to undertake a suitable and focused level of project communications

Leadership and Teamwork

Working in teams is a natural and necessary undertaking in most job roles, in a project it is even more profound and the need to ‘get up and running’ quickly is paramount. Understanding some basic theory in this respect is valuable for new project managers.

What is the exam like? One-hour with 60 questions and a pass mark of 60%. The vast majority of people do well in this exam.

The APM PFQ exam can be sat in a classroom environment, or online via an online proctoring service. We will arrange your exam for both options, so please contact us for more details.

How can I study and…What is Included?

Distance LearningClassroom Course
Cost £325 £775
Delivery methodOnline2 Days of Classroom Training
Learning resources Features e-Learning Portal Features e-Learning Portal
Printed learning materials Features Study Guide Features Study Guide
Other learning materials Features Podcasts Features Podcasts
Exam resources Features Practice Online Exam Papers Features Practice Exam Papers

What isThe APM PFQ Classroom Course and Exam Like?

We have professional trainers who make courses engaging and fun. All of our trainers are experienced project leaders who will help you acquire the skills and capabilities needed to be more successful in a project environment.

Our training solutions don’t mean sitting in a classroom (real or virtual) and simply listening to a trainer talking from the front of the room. They involve active participation in real-world tasks and collaborating with others using realistic case studies. Courses include watching webinars and listening to podcasts; getting involved in buzz groups, discussions, practical demonstrations, role-play and simulations. All intended to support your study goals and personal career development.

The PFQ is a 1-hour multiple-choice examination with 60 questions. The results are published in 10 to 12 weeks.

The APM PFQ examination can be sat in a classroom environment, or online via an Online Proctoring service. You can book your examination at a time to suit you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 360 days a year. We can arrange your exam for both of these options, so please contact us for more details.

What’s Included in theDistance Learning Package from Parallel Project Training?

For the distance learning course, Parallel worked in partnership with the APM to write the official study guide for this APM PFQ qualification based on the APM Body of Knowledge 7th Edition (BoK 7). Our distance learning course is presented by the authors of the study guide (John Bolton and Paul Naybour). As with our APM PMQ classroom course we include a wide range of learning resources, providing with you with a flexible approach to your study. You can study in print, on-line, or as you travel in the car or the train to develop a fundamental awareness of project management terminology.

The package includes:

  • FeaturesThe Fundamentals study guide written by Parallel
  • FeaturesTwenty bite-size video lectures presented by the authors of the Parallel Fundamentals study guide
  • FeaturesEighteen reflection exercises in which you consider how to apply the principles to your projects
  • FeaturesTwenty five podcasts which you can download and listen to as you travel
  • FeaturesTwenty four case study episodes in which you watch a new project manager apply the principles of project management to their first project
  • Features104 sample questions to check your progress with the course
  • FeaturesA full sample exam paper

We don’t expect you will use all these resources as we find that different people have different learning styles; some prefer the printed resources, some find the podcasts fit into their working week, whilst other prefer the on-line lectures.

If I study distance learning…How Do I Take the Exam?

Once you have completed your distance learning study you can take the APM Project Fundamentals Exam. This is an on-line 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. As you register for the course we will send you a link to take the exam when you are ready. To help prepare for the exam we have included a sample paper from the APM in the study material.

Sample ContentVideo Lectures

These are presented a short bite-size presentations by the authors of the study guide (John Bolton and Paul Naybour) of the course contents. They cover all the areas required in this project management APM PFQ Project Fundamentals syllabus and are fast paced and engaging. They will help you develop a fundamental awareness of project management terminology. Topics included are:

  • FeaturesProject Management Principles
    • Principles of project management
    • The project environment
    • Project life cycles
    • Project roles
  • FeaturesDefinition
    • The project management plan
    • Scope management
    • Estimating
    • Scheduling
    • Resources management and procurement
    • Project risk management
    • Quality management
  • FeaturesProject Concept
    • The project case
    • Success and benefits management
    • Stakeholder management
    • Communications
    • Development
  • FeaturesIssue management
    • Controlling change and configuration management
    • Leadership and teams
    • Project reporting
    • Project reviews

Sample ContentCase Study Episodes

During the course we will follow a new project manager, called Jayne, as she seeks to apply project management to her first project. You will meet the rest of her team, including the sponsor and venture capitalist, Zac Shallow, the IT manager, Karim and the operations manager Colin. In twenty-two short episodes you can follow Jayne each step of the way during the project life cycle. Watch as she:

  • FeaturesSorts out the roles for the project including the project sponsor and user.
  • FeaturesPrepares and presents the case for the project.
  • FeaturesWorks with the team to define the project plan.Manages the risks and issues that emerge along the way
  • FeaturesDeals with changes introduced by the project sponsor.

This example brings the application of project management to life.

Sample ContentReflection Exercises

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

  • FeaturesConsidering the questions we would ask a sponsor at a start up meeting?
  • FeaturesConsidering the success factors, benefits and KPI for the example project and how these apply to your project?
  • FeaturesAnalysis of the different stakeholder’s in a project?
  • FeaturesConsidering the best structure for a project management plan?
  • FeaturesConsidering how to respond to a risk or and 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.

Technical Requirements and Compatibility

Our e-Learning system will support the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9+, Microsoft Edge, Safari and Safari on iPhone iOS 8+ (iPhone 4s through current), Safari on iPads with iOS 8+ (iPad 2 through current) and Chrome on Android. We do not support IE8 which is no longer supported by Microsoft. For the exam you will need a web cam as well.

In simple terms, if you can play the sample videos on this page then our e-Learning will work on your system, as they use the same streaming technology. The requirements for the APM PFQ online exam (including a testing link) can be found here: https://ondemand.questionmark.eu/601315/ext/candidate

How Long Can I Access my Training for?

You will gain access to our e-Learning System for six months, but if you need to extend the access for a further six months at any time then please do get in touch. There is no time limit on you taking the exam for this project management qualification, although we may ask for a small additional payment to cover any change in the exam fees by the APM.

Taking Your Exam Online

This project management qualification is based on the 7th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge.

APM PFQ online

Exams are based on the 7th Edition of the Body of Knowledge.

The APM has now withdrawn the project management qualification based on the 6th Edition of the BoK and the qualification is now solely based on the 7th Edition of the BoK.

What will I need?

All of our virtual courses require Adobe Connect, which is free to use trusted software often accepted through firewalls. However, in organisations with high security measures in place, you might need to use your personal computer or mobile device. Therefore, you will need:

  • A laptop/PC/MAC/iPad/ or mobile phone
  • A good internet connection (preferably wired)
  • Headphones

How will I access Adobe Connect?

Your course tutor will send you a link to the Abode Connect session and you can enter the virtual room at any time to check it works. We’ve also created step by step instructions on how to setup Adobe Connect.

Who will teach the session?

You will be told who your tutor is prior to the session, you can find out more about our tutors on our Parallel Trainers page. All of our trainers are highly experienced in virtual delivery and will make sure you get online and get engaged as quickly as possible.

How long will the session be?

The course will run over 2 days and include 7 x 1-hour webinars during that period. The webinars will be highly interactive, using PowerPoint slides, quizzes and discussion boards to engage you throughout. There will also be plenty of breaks and periods where you complete activities offline. Adobe Connect allows you to enter questions visible to the whole group to encourage discussion and collaboration, or send them privately to the tutor for personal feedback.

The exam will be run online at the end of the course at 4 pm. The exam is undertaken online through the Surpass service and we advise you to test your system using the online guidance available from the Association for Project Management.


What if I miss part of a session?

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