APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom

An ideal introduction to project management for new project managers or those working in a project environment for the first time. This practical course will give you the skills to plan and control smaller projects.

Description

How does an online virtual classroom work?

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are running virtual online courses. These are run live by one of our tutors, and run over the same 2 day period as initially scheduled. For more information, see below, or ask us a question using the 'Contact Us' button.

After registering for your chosen date, you will be emailed with a link to access the online classroom. The entire syllabus will be covered, and you will sit the exam online at the end of the second day. The tutor for your course will email you with further details closer to the date of your course.

The video below shows an example of what our virtual classrooms look like. 

Topics Covered

DAY 1

Webinar 1: Project, business as usual and the operating enviornment 

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

Webinar 2: Understand project roles and 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 along with 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.

Webinar 3: Project Planning 

This will include understanding the role of a project schedule, the project management plan and information management. The role and purpose of the business case and the development of options will be explored, including the importance of identifying stakeholders and budgeting and cost management.

Webinar 4: Scope Management

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 partof preventing ‘scope creep’

DAY 2

Webinar 5: Estimating

We will discuss estimating techniques for time and cost, and use these to help populate the schedule.

Webinar 6: Understanding scheduling and resource management 

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, including critical path and critical chain analysis. We will also cover the need to properly resource a schedule, including procurement.

Webinar 7: Understanding risk management, quality management and the principles of leadership and teamwork 

During this session we will look at systematic ways to understand, catalogue and deal with risks and discuss adequate mechanisms for the management of quality on a project, including the use of various quality control techniques. 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.

Online Exam

The APM PFQ exam is a one hour multiple choice exam. The pass mark is 60%. The APM PFQ exam is taken online via a proctoring service, where you will be observed by an invigilator whilst completing your exam. Your exam registration will be organised by Parallel, however it is the APM who will contact you directly with the login information, and a test link for the exam.

Learning Outcomes

 By the end of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Describe a projects context and the relationship of this to the way in which the project is managed
  • Write usable project documentation including business cases and project plans
  • Describe the key components of a team and how a project manager might seek to manage them
  • Carry out a work breakdown of a project as the first component of planning
  • Produce a project plan
  • Carry out a risk analysis of a project
  • Describe ways in which projects can be monitored and controlled
  • Carry out a stakeholder analysis and describe ways in which they can be managed
  • Have sufficient knowledge to sit the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

What is Included in the Course?

  • 7 webinars over a two-day tutor led course in which you will work through the content with a tutor with real project management experience, completing practice questions and exercises.
  • APM accredited e-learning modules – hours of lectures and exercises with a tutor guiding you right through the whole APM PFQ course.
  • A PFQ study guide written by Parallel Project Training. This is our definitive guide to the APM PFQ course and integrates with our distance learning and podcasts. It explains in simple terms what you need to know to pass the APM PFQ exam using easy to read language, including sample exam questions, and free templates for your use on your project. This study guide is delivered once you book the course so that you can start your preparation in advance.
  • Multiple APM PFQ Podcasts to listen to on your smart phone integrated with the study guide, covering all the hot topics for the APM PFQ Exam.
  • Online APM Project Fundamentals Exam (APM PFQ).

Prerequisites

The APM PFQ is designed for people who are new to project management or working in a project role. As such it has no pre-requisites. If you are new to project management we recommend you read the study guide and sample the e-learning before the course. In particular, the study guide includes a sample exam which will give you a feel for your knowledge gaps. 

Payment Options

We offer multiple options for payment;

1. Credit / Debit Card

2. Payment via invoice. During checkout for your course, select 'Offline Payment'. You will then receive an invoice from which you can pay. If you wish to add a Purchase Order number to your order, please enter this when prompted at checkout.