APM Project Fundamentals Qualification PFQ Introduction

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    The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification is a 2 day course aimed at those planning to start a career in Project Management and is the first of four APM qualifications. IPSO FACTO is based at Fareham, between Southampton and Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK. However, this course can be delivered live online or onsite across the UK.

    About APM Project Fundamentals Qualification PFQ Introduction

    APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

    APM Project Fundamentals Qualification offers a basic 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.

    APM Project Fundamentals Qualification training course

    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 our Live APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Virtual Classroom

    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 will allowing you to stay fresh and remain in the learning mode.

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    Get ready for your APM Project Fundamentals Qualification 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.

    The PFQ Exam

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

    Included in the course

    • Training materials
    • Exam fees
    • APM PFQ Certificate on passing

    Course Aims

    •  To understand fundamental project management principles
    •  To pass the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

    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 Project Fundamentals 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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