APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Virtual Classroom Introduction

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

Our new live virtual APM PFQ classroom, now with more time to learn; consolidate what you've learnt; and with the flexibility to take the exam when you're ready.

About APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Virtual Classroom Introduction

APM PFQ Live Online Virtual Classroom

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology. It’s for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. No prior knowledge or experience is required for this qualification, which will offer you the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project.

IPSO FACTO is an APM Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) with many years experience delivering project management training.

IPSO FACTO Apm PFQ, PMQ accreditation

Why take an APM 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

About a Live PFQ Virtual Classroom event

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

About the Online PFQ Exam

You can use a desktop or laptop from home or work. It must have the latest version of Google Chrome so you can share your screen with a proctor, who will monitor you during the exam. You’ll need a proof of ID with either Passport, Drivers licence or National ID card. For more information download UserGuide_Taking a remote invigilated examination v1.0.

About your Proctored PFQ Exam

Watch the video about a proctored PFQ exam.

Get ready for your PFQ Exam

Its important that you carry out a setup and system check well before your exam. We’ll send you a confirmation email once your exam has been scheduled with a link to start the system check.

The PFQ Exam

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

Take your exam when you’re ready.

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.

Included in the course

  • Training materials
  • Exam fees
  • Certificate on passing

Aim & Objectives

Course Aims

  •  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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