PFQ – APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

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    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

    APM PFQ online training course

    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.

    Why take an APM PFQ course

    The range of qualifications developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession, offers a progressive structure for your career development, from courses offering the fundamentals’ of project management through to ‘management’ and ‘professional’ levels of understanding. APM qualifications offer a clear route to becoming a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP), recognising the competence and success of project professionals.

    Suitable Roles

    • Project Manager
    • Project team member
    • PMO staff
    • Project co-coordinator

    No prior knowledge or experience is required for this qualification.

    Assessment Form

    If you are considering joining this course please complete the assessment form.

    About a Live Online PFQ classroom course

    All training will be conducted online using Microsoft Teams. Your training will be live and interactive with questions and discussions. There will be regular breaks in the morning, for lunch and the afternoon, allowing you to stay fresh and remain in the learning mode.

    How to prepare for a remote online APM PFQ Exam

    Please read and take action for your online APM proctored exam.

    APM Rules and Regulations for remote invigilated exams

    Please read the attached APM rules and regulations for remote invigilated examinations v1 before taking your APM PFQ exam.

    Important information about your APM PFQ Exam

    Watch the video about the online APM PFQ exam.

    Your APM PFQ exam will be taken online using Surpass. We will book your online exam to take place starting between 15:00 and 16:00 on day two of your course. The exam will be booked by IPSO FACTO seven days before the exam date, where you will be sent an email invitation from Surpass to test your equipment. This will allow you plenty of time to test your equipment, identify and resolve any issues. Its important that you carry out the tests straight away, as you will be charged by the APM to make alterations to your exam booking within five days of your exam. Its also important to carry out the tests on the equipment you’ll be using for the exam.

    An email invitation to take the exam will be sent 3 days before your exam date. If you are expecting an email to test your equipment or take the exam please check you spam. Contact the APM or IPSO FACTO if you have any concerns.

    Exam details

    • 60 multiple choice questions
    • Answered in 60 minutes
    • Pass mark: 60%

    Included in the course

    • Training materials
    • Exam fees
    • eCertificate on passing

    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

    APM PFQ Project Management 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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