APM Project Management Qualification

The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is a course for people with some experience in project management who want to understand key principles and develop their knowledge of project management.

From £900

Aimed at: Managers with some project management knowledge

Exam: 3 hours 15 minutes

Teaching type:

  • Live online course
  • Distance learning
  • In-house classroom

Your study options
Parallel offers a range of study options for the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) 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 PMQ. Our live 5-day virtual classroom courses get excellent feedback and are led by our experienced project management trainers. Parallel APM PMQ training doesn’t just involve sitting and listening to the trainer talk for 5 days – you will be encouraged to participate in discussions and answer practice questions independently and as part of the group.

Distance learning

Study at your own pace and on your own timescale with our distance learning packages. Taking place online, you can work the course around your other commitments. The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) 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 Project Management Qualification (PMQ) training courses for corporate clients. We can provide dedicated virtual project management training or a classroom based course for your team to help them achieve the APM PMQ. Our corporate clients value the APM PMQ for their staff. It enhances their understanding of formal project processes and will give them the skills to manage and deliver projects more efficiently.

Course overview

The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is designed for those who see project management as a key part of their role within their organisation. It is an internationally recognised, knowledge-based qualification that establishes a solid foundation in project management behaviours, skills, processes and tools, and is suitable for implementation in any industry. It is ideal for those people who have a few years’ experience in delivering projects and are seeking to consolidate a structured method of project management in their company. It is based on a best-practice approach from the Association for Project Management (APM), which is the chartered body for the project profession.

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What topics are covered

The APM Project Management Qualification is a knowledge based qualification and the syllabus assesses breadth of understanding. It covers knowledge areas which you may have a basic understanding of from prior learning through, for example, the APM Project Fundamentals qualification.

stakeholder discussing project objectives

Situational context of projects

We explore how the business, legal and political environment impacts on projects, including using PESTLE analysis. We also understand the impact of a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world on delivering projects.

project team discussing project status

Organisations and project structures

We explore the different types of organisation, including matrix, functional and project, together with the key responsibilities of the project management office, project manager, project sponsor, user and teams. We also examine portfolio and programme management.

team members discussing project tasks

Project life cycles

We explain the different types of project life cycle, including linear, iterative (agile) and hybrid. We will understand the different project phases and the role of reviews. There will also be explanation of the benefits of capturing lessons learned.

project team members discussing project progress


We explore the processes for managing stakeholders, the contents and structure of a communications plan and the factors affecting communications in projects, especially when many of us are working on projects remotely.

Negotiating with project stakeholders

Negotiation skills

We look at the different approaches to conflict management using a well-known model, and the stages in the negotiation process including understanding your best alternative to a negotiation agreement (BATNA) and zone of potential agreement (ZOPA).

group of people learning basic project management skills

Leadership and teamwork

We look at how to develop and lead successful project teams, including the leadership qualities of a project manager, team motivation and the benefits of effective teams. We will be introducing the Tuckman team development model and Belbin’s roles.

project manager reviewing project scope

Scope management

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

project team discussing initial plan

Planning for successful outcomes

We explore the early stages of project planning, including the business case and benefits process. The purpose of the project management plan, its contents, authorship and ownership are discussed alongside deployment baselines and estimating techniques.

project manager updating project schedule

Scheduling and resource management

We explore the process of creating a schedule (explaining techniques such as critical path and critical chain analysis), budgeting and cost planning and management and the management of resources. This includes understanding resource smoothing and levelling.

project manager communicating project risks

Risk management

We look at a proactive risk management process, including the stages in the process, risk response planning, the benefits of risk management and the difference between risk management and issue management.

checking ROI for risk management on a project

Quality management

We look at the elements of managing project quality including quality planning, assurance and control. In particular, we look at the practical application of managing quality in projects and the key differences between quality assurance and quality control.

discussion at project procurement stage


We explore the role of a project procurement strategy in project delivery and the different forms of contractual relationships and payment types. This includes understanding single, multiple and prime contractor arrangements.

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Programme
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Resit Webinar and Exam
  • £600.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Programme
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Programme
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam Resit Webinar and Exam
  • £600.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Programme
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Programme
  • £1,650.00 excl. VAT
Lisa Regan, MBA, MAPM, Senior Consultant Trainer

I love seeing the amazing career progress that delegates can make once they’ve achieved the APM PMQ. The PMQ is a notoriously difficult exam to pass, due to the strength and depth of knowledge that is required but supporting delegates through the course and helping them improve their project management knowledge is very rewarding.


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Exam FAQs

Sample content: Video lectures

These are provided as short bite-size presentations of the course contents given by our experienced Parallel trainers. They cover all the areas required in the syllabus, plus other elements of project management, and are fast paced and engaging. Topics included are:

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Sample content: Reflection exercises

During the course we also invite you to consider what you have learned and how you can apply these lessons to the projects you manage on a day-to-day basis. For example:

  • Considering the questions we would ask a project sponsor at a start-up meeting.
  • 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 knowledge areas from the course to the projects you manage, or might manage, in your project management role.

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More about project management

Want to know more about some of the key aspects of project management? Here are 3 quick reads to get you up to speed on some of the key issues that you’ll learn about through project management training.

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