APM PFQ Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Introduction

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Price (exc vat): £649
PrintDURATION: 2 days
TIME: 09:00 to 17:00 GMT

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification | APM PFQ training course at Southampton, Hampshire. Start a career in project management with this 2 days APM PFQ course. Options to train onsite for groups or at our training centre, contact us for a quote.

About APM PFQ Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Introduction

APM PFQ training courses IPSO FACTO Southampton HampshireAPM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

The PFQ course offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology and is for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. The course will provide you with the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project and is particularly suitable if you work in a project team.

Target Audience

  • If you are a team member of a project
  • If you are looking to start a successful career in project management
  • If you want to understand the principles of project management

No prior knowledge or experience is required for this qualification.

Should you take the PFQ or PMQ

If you have little or no project management experience then the PFQ course is suitable for you. However, if you have experience working in a project team and understand some project management terminology, then you may consider the PMQ. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options.

Still unsure if you should take the PFQ or PMQ

Download the PMQ self assessment spreadsheet. Attempt as many questions as possible, scoring your answer with either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  If your overall average score is greater than or equal to 2.5 it would indicate you’re ready to undertake the PMQ. It’s only a simple guide, so if you have any questions once you’ve completed the assessment please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The PFQ exam

The course is over 2 days with an exam on the afternoon of day 2.

  • 60 multiple choice questions
  • To be answered in 60 minutes
  • Pass mark: 60%

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A Typical PFQ course

Your learning experience with us will be enjoyable. Project Management can be a dry subject, however, our very experienced trainers will inspire you.  You will be encouraged to ask questions and join in discussions. There will be a maximum of 12 delegates on your course. Dress code is smart casual.

Tailored Training

Contact us for group discounts, either onsite or at our training centre.

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 Course Includes

  • Lunch and refreshments
  • All training materials
  • Exam fees
  • Certificate on completion of course/exam

Book a place on this course

Step 1

Once you’re happy with the course outline, select a course location and date from the drop down lists. Click “Make enquiry button”, and complete the form. If you’re a training manager and have more than one delegate for the course please include this and any other information in the box provided.

Step 2

We will email you with a detailed acknowledgement of the course and reserve a place(s). In addition, we will invoice you and include our terms and conditions.

Step 3

On receipt of payment we will email joining instructions and a video link of how to find us. There are no pre-course materials for the course.

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Aim & Objectives

Course AimsAPM training courses IPSO FACTO Southampton Hampshire

  •  For you to understand fundamental project management principles
  •  To pass the PFQ exam

Course Objectives

By the end of this level you will be able to:

  •  Understand the key elements of the project management life cycle
  •  Understand the language of project management
  •  Understand the structure of a successful project
  •  Take an active part in a project team
  •  Make a positive contribution to any project environment

Course Content

APM training courses IPSO FACTO Southampton Hampshire Project management and the operating environment

  • project, project management – purpose – programme management, portfolio management, project management – projects and business as usual – benefits – project environment – PESTLE

Project lifecycles

  • phases – structuring projects into phases  – handover and closure

Management structure by which projects operate

  • roles and responsibilities – project manager – project sponsor – project steering group/board – project team members – PMO – end user


  • project management plan – benefits – ownership and approval of project management plan – business case – sponsor and project manager – business case – benefits management – KPIs – stakeholder management and analysis – estimating & estimating funnel – success criteria – success factors – reporting

Scope management

  • product Breakdown Structure {PBS}, Work Breakdown Structure – {WBS} – configuration – definition change control – configuration and change control – change control process – configuration management process

Scheduling and resource management

  • float, critical path, Gantt chart, baseline, milestone – resource management – resource types – resource smoothing/resource levelling – procurement

Risk and issue management

  • project risk and risk management – process – risk register – issue and issue management – issue log – escalation process

Quality management

  • quality and quality management – definition – quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, continual improvement – quality assurance and quality control – project reviews – gate post, benefit, peer reviews


  • communication – barriers – effective communication – communication plan

Leadership and teamwork

  • project team leader – project team – teamwork models

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  • Name: Scott SellarsCompany: More on Reviews.co.uk

    APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) course review

    I completed the PMQ course through IPSO FACTO and they were a pleasure to work with from the moment I first made an enquiry. Every piece of course administration was made simple for me and the classroom facilities were just perfect. The course instructor was professional, knew the subject very well and focused our learning in a practical way to help put it into perspective. Overall, a very professional experience and I would recommend IPSO FACTO as a quality training company. Thank you. [Scott Sellars]

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  • Name: Simon M.Company: Career Change

    PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course review

    I attended the project management qualification in December (having already attended the PRINCE2 course in November). Although a challenging subject, I found that the training was engaging because there was adequate time to not only listen but to also give examples and hear examples from other individuals from the class. This aids to help people’s understanding or misunderstanding in some cases and help breakdown the subject into easier chunks. It also helps that IPSO FACTO have in my opinion some of the most experienced instructors in the country, meaning that if you just don’t get something they bring their personal experience into the story to help your understanding. Simon M.

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  • Name: Chelsea B.Company: More on Reviews.co.uk

    APM PFQ (Introductory Certificate) course review

    The PFQ (APM IC) was for me a good introduction into understanding the ‘Project Management’ world better. It helped me to identify areas and processes that I am not yet familiar with but I now have more confidence in tackling. Passing this course has further confirmed that I do want to go on to study for the APMP qualification. Chelsea B.

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