PFQ – APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Introduction

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Price (ex vat): £775
PrintDURATION: 2 days
TIME: 09:00 to 17:00 GMT

Launch your career in project management with our highly regarded 2-day PFQ (APM Project Fundamentals Qualification) course. This course is suitable for those with little or no experience in project management and is delivered at our Southampton-Solent venue and from our Live Virtual Classroom.

About PFQ – APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Introduction

APM 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 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.  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 guide. Contact us to discuss your options.

A Typical PFQ course

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. Dress code, smart casual.

Course Includes

  • Training materials
  • Exam fees
  • Certificate on passing the exam

The PFQ exam

To provide complete flexibility, and give you time to absorb what you’ve learnt we’re now providing APM PFQ online exams to be taken using the APM’s contracted 3rd party proctor, who will monitor your exam wherever and whenever you wish to take it. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 360 days of the year. The current climate has forced us to take this action with immediate effect, in order to provide you with a more flexible and sustainable solution.

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

Taking your PFQ exam online, when you’re ready

The following list contains recommendations for scheduling your PFQ online exam:

  • Use a personal computer
  • Use a personal network, not a work network that may have restrictions
  • Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • If you need to re-arrange your exam you need to contact IPSO FACTO
  • Ignore an automatic email sent by ProctorU
  • Only use a link with the login details to book and then sit the exam sent by IPSO FACTO

Schedule your exam

To schedule your exam to start from the next day onwards, you’re able to choose any date/time in 15 minute slots. To schedule your exam for the same day, you’re only able to schedule within 90 minutes. Should you wish to sit the exam at 9pm then login at 7.30pm to schedule a time slot.

Read our APM blogs and useful links

APM Qualifications – Which qualification is right for you?

APM Course options – Three courses to choose from.

APM Course information – A typical course

APM Brochure – download to view course options.

IPSO FACTO on the APM website

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Aim & Objectives

Course Aims

  •  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

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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