APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (APM PFQ)
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (APM PFQ) Course Dates Available Every Month In London, Reading or Milton Keynes
Ideal for new project managers & team members
2 day classroom
or virtual training for corporate groups or distance learning
1 hour multiple choice
60% pass mark
What is The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)?
The Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) was formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate and is a practical course for new project managers or members of project teams who want a better understanding of the processes, tools and language of project management.
The content of the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification is the same as the old APM Introductory Certificate and at the end of the course you will be 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
- Be conversant with the words and language associated with project management
- Understand how project management can enhance your effectiveness in your organisation
- Confidently sit the APM Foundation Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) examination.
APM Project Foundation Qualification (APM PFQ)
Dates Available Every Month
What Is Included In The Course?
2-days of Classroom Training
Online Study Group
- Access our on-line study group to practice exam questions and watch per-course videos.
- You will get a comprehensive set of course notes including the syllabus and learning outcomes for the exam.
I enjoyed the content, I liked the small groups and the associated benefits of those, I can make direct links to work related scenarios. Very good course material, a good balance between theory and practical examples. An open forum rather than sitting and listening. A relaxed environment in training course, good feedback and very knowledgeable trainer and the venue was excellent.
What Is The Course Like?
You will be working in a mixture of teams during the course, in both small and larger groups, undertaking interactive quizzes, buzz groups, exercises and engaging in debate. The course combines the principles of project management theory with practical exercises and realistic case studies. The class is not ‘death by PowerPoint’ you will be encouraged and expected to join in and contribute.
Various topics will be covered in the workshop with the intention of preparing you to be a better project manager in your organisation but also to sit the exam. You will find that you will be able to easily apply many of your new skills to your projects as soon as you return to work. In our follow up research (3 to 6 months after the course) 91% of respondents say that they learned new skills that they use in their current projects.
To do this the workshop will be focused on various topics from the syllabus in sections below.
During which we differentiate projects from non-projects, explore programme and portfolio management, the influence of the business and political context on project success, the critical role of the sponsor in project success and support that can be provided by a project office.
Projects have a clearly defined and delineated life cycle. During this there are various phases and we will explore the concept, Definition, Development and Handover and Closure phases.
Here we will explore the various roles and responsibilities of the Project manager, Sponsor and the Users. Working closely together these three will be a powerful force towards the achievement of project success.
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.
During this session we will be clearly defining how the scope for a project is derived, planned and managed. We will cover the topic of change control as an essential part of preventing ‘scope creep’.
The most recognisable aspect of project management is the Gantt chart. During this session we will look at the construction of a Gantt chart and the logic and process behind the development of one. We will also cover the need to properly resource a schedule.
Risks are everywhere and during this session we will look at systematic ways to understand, catalogue and deal with risks. Using appropriate theory we will explore the topic and provide useful tools to deal with them including the use of a risk register.
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.
How to get the best from the team and how to undertake a suitable and focused level of project communications.
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 covered.