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PrintDURATION: 5 or 10 days
TIME: 09:00 to 17:00 GMT

Total cost: £1,739. This APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is an ideal course if you've had at least two years project management experience. Consider adding the PRINCE2 qualification to get the most out of your ELCAS funding.

About APM PMQ (Project Management Qualification) ELCAS

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)


ELC provider number: 4030
[Approved by MOD]


PMQ Project Management Qualification

This is a knowledge based qualification that will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge in all areas of project management. You will learn how elements of project management interact and how your projects fit into a strategic and commercial environment. The PMQ is recognised both nationally and internationally, giving you a qualification that can be carried from one job to another or from one industry to another.

Target audience

You’re considering a civilian career in project management and have worked in a project environment for two or more years.

You’re looking for a higher level qualification than the PFQ that can be used over a wide range of business categories.


Funding options

Lower Tier: Total cost: £1,739  |  Personal contribution: £739  |  ELC contribution: £1000
Higher Tier: Total cost: £1,739  |  Personal contribution: £347.80  |  ELC contribution: £1,391.20

ELCs are available in two tiers. For more information about ELCAS funding please go to website: www.enhancedlearningcredits.com

The Exam

The exam is normally taken on the final day of the course – on the afternoon of day 5.

There will be homework each night with questions relating to the topics covered that day. Please set aside enough time to answer the questions in the time you’ve been given. It’s a good idea to start writing again, to prepare for the exam. One tip is to re-write the APM book of definitions. For more detailed tips about the exam please go to our PMQ exam tips and advice pages.

The PMQ is a classroom based exam only, with two exam paths:

  • Path 1 – 3 hour written exam
  • Path 2 – 2 hour written exam if you are PRINCE2 Practitioner qualified

Should you take the PMQ course

This course is intensive, especially if you have little project management experience. You will receivet pre-course reading materials including the official APM Study Guide prior to the start of the course. The more you read and absorb, the easier you may find each topic. There will be self study each night including sample exam questions based on topics you’ve covered that day. The following morning your answers are evaluated and guidance provided where necessary. However, don’t be put off! Our trainer will be there to assist and this is a worthwhile, recognised project management qualification. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Still unsure, take a PMQ assessment check

Download and complete our PMQ self assessment spreadsheet. Attempt all questions, scoring your answer with either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  See spreadsheet for more details. If your overall average score is greater than or equal to 2.5 it would indicate you’re ready to undertake this project management qualification. If you have any questions after completing the assessment form, please contact us. This is just a guide.

A typical PMQ course

Our PMQ courses generally include a mixture of resettlement and civilian business candidates, with a varied range of knowledge and experience. The course is structured but informal always starting at 9am and finishing between 4 and 5pm. There will be two 15 minute breaks in the morning and afternoon and approximately 45 minutes for lunch. Dress code is smart casual. Free parking is available at the front of the building. During the course you will be encouraged to ask questions and join in discussions, and the more you get involved with the course the more you will get out of it. Their will be between 6 and 12 delegates on your course.

Course includes

  • Podcasts to support evening revision
  • Lunch and refreshments – let us know if you have any special dietary needs.
  • All training materials
  • Exam fees
  • Certificate on completion

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. Note our ELCAS number 4030, course title(s), course date(s) and course location (Southampton) for your resettlement forms.

Step 2:   We’ll email you with a detailed acknowledgement of the course(s), and reserve a place for you. In addition, we’ll invoice the costs including your contribution, and include our terms and conditions.

Step 3:   On receipt of your payment contribution, we’ll email joining instructions and a video link of how to find us. Your pre-course materials will then be posted.

Useful links

Link to IPSO FACTO on the APM website
Link to post course reviews

Aim & Objectives

Course Aims

  • To gain a project management qualification PMQ for resettlement into civilian life
  • To understand the APMs 12 core topics outlined in the course content
  • To pass the PMQ exam

Course Objectives

By the end of this level you will be able to:
  •  Apply knowledge of project management techniques in your projects
  •  Demonstrate an understanding of how projects fit within the organisation’s operations
  •  Understand the impact of the organisation’s structure on your projects
  •  Help plan a complex project
  •  Apply techniques such as risk analysis and quality control on your projects
  •  Recognise appropriate ways of leading, motivating and dealing with people in the project team
  •  Balance the required level of control against the need for efficiency

Course Content

Organisation and project structures

  • types of organisation structures
  • organisational breakdown structure
  • role and key responsibilities of the project manager
  • responsibilities of the project manager and project sponsor
  • users, project team members and the project steering group/board
  • different types of project office

Project life cycles

  • project life cycle and project life cycle phases
  • projects structured as phases
  • project life cycle and extended life cycle
  • processes for sharing knowledge and lessons learned
  • reviews throughout the project life cycle

Contexts and environments

  • projects and business as usual
  • project management, portfolio and programme management
  • programme management and strategic change
  • challenges a project manager may face working within a programme
  • use of portfolio management
  • environmental factors affecting projects
  • tools and techniques used to assess a project’s context
  • legislation applicable to projects

Governance and structured methodologies

  • governance of project management
  • project management methodologies
  • standard project management methodologies


  • contents of a project communication plan
  • benefits of a project communication plan
  • effective communication in managing different stakeholders
  • factors affecting communication
  • conflict within the project life cycle
  • negotiations

Leadership and teamwork

  • leadership qualities
  • principles and importance of motivation
  • impact of leadership on team performance and motivation
  • styles of leadership within a project
  • effective teams and teamwork
  • creation, development and management of teams

Planning for success

  • a business case and its importance during the project life cycle
  • authorship and approval of the business case
  • benefits management
  • payback, IRR and NPV as investment appraisal techniques
  • information management system
  • a project reporting cycle
  • project management plans
  • contents of a project management plan
  • authorship, approval and audience
  • estimating techniques
  • re-estimating through the project life cycle
  • stakeholder management processes
  • managing stakeholders expectations
  • earned value calculations and management

Scope Management

  • scope in terms of outputs, outcomes and benefits
  • manage scope
  • stages of change control
  • change control and configuration management
  • a change control process

Schedule and resource management

  • creating and maintaining a schedule
  • techniques depicting a schedule
  • software scheduling tools
  • categories and types of resources
  • resources and schedules
  • resource smoothing and resource levelling
  • budgeting and cost control


  • a procurement strategy
  • supplier reimbursement
  • contractual relationships
  • supplier selection process

Risk and issue management

  • a risk management process
  • risk as a threat or opportunity
  • project risk management
  • risks and issues
  • risk and issue escalation

Quality management

  • quality management
  • quality planning, quality assurance, quality control
  • quality management process

Video Testimonials

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Client Testimonials

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

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    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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