APM Project Fundamentals

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

Discover key tools and techniques to better manage projects in today’s business world with APM certification.

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Overview

Do you have experience in Project Management and need to refresh your skills or do you want to take your first steps into Project Management? The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification is the ideal place to begin.

What is the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)?

The Association for Project Management (APM) Introductory Certificate is an internationally recognised qualification. The APM Introductory Certificate aims to give you a detailed insight into the tools and techniques required to run a successful project. No prior knowledge or experience is required for this qualification which will offer the individual the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project.

Who should study this APM PFQ course?

You may have many years of experience running projects and just need a refresh of your skills or this could be your first step into the world of project management. Or maybe you manage many projects and want your team to have the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project you work on? Whatever your reason, the APMIC course should be the course for anyone working in project management to consider.

In this APM Project Fundamentals Qualification course, you will:

  • Learn and explore the key elements of the project management lifecycle which covers 27 knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition.
  • Cover planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.
  • Sit the APM Introductory Certificate exam which leads to an internationally recognised qualification.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Introduction
  • Course Structure
  • Case study
  • Summary
Unit 2 - Projects, Programme and Portfolios
  • Project characteristics
  • Project definition
  • Projects vs BAU
  • Key roles
  • Project Life Cycle (1&2)
  • Programmes and Portfolios
  • Exercise
  • Summary
Unit 3 - The Business Case
  • Definition
  • Business Case contents
  • Business case and the life cycle
  • Key roles
  • Exercise
  • Summary
Unit 4 - Work Content and Scope Management
  • Scheduling steps
  • Product Breakdown Structures
  • Organisational Breakdown Structure
  • Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • Cost Breakdown Structure
  • Benefits of structures
  • Exercise
  • Summary
Unit 5 - Networks
  • Networks
  • Dependencies types
  • Lead and lag
  • Common faults
Unit 6 - Estimating and Risk
  • Definition
  • Estimating approaches
  • Risk management – Identification
  • Risk management – Assessment
  • Risk management – Mitigation
  • Risk management – Implement the mitigating actions
  • Effort vs Duration
Unit 7 - Critical Path Analysis
  • Node layout definition
  • Critical path calculation forward / backward pass
  • Gantt chart Critical path / Total float
Unit 8 - Resources
  • Factors that affect resources
  • Synergy
  • Resource allocation
  • Resource smoothing
  • Resource levelling
  • Resource cumulative curve
Unit 9 - Monitoring and Control
  • Out of control projects
  • The control cycle: Authorise the work
  • The control cycle: Follow project progress
  • The control cycle: Plot and update data and evaluate status
  • The control cycle: Take corrective action
Unit 10 - Project Closure
  • Key activities
  • Project Manager responsibilities
  • Post project review analysis
  • Termination problems possible solution
Unit 11 - Establishing the Project
  • Project life cycles
  • Benefits of phasing
  • Project content PESTLE
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Project management plan
  • Project success and benefits management
  • Project reviews
Unit 12 - People and Projects
  • Organisational roles and the project sponsor
  • Drag and drop exercise
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communications
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Teamwork
  • The Tuckman Model
  • Leadership
  • Summary
Unit 13 - More on Techniques
  • Drag and drop exercise
  • Risk management
  • Risk log
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Quality definitions
  • Quality control and Quality Assurance
  • Quality plan and benefits
  • Change control
  • Configuration management
  • Information Management and Project Reporting
  • Issue Management
  • Procurement

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Awarding Body

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APMG International is an award-winning Examination Institute. APMG accredits professional training and consulting organisations and manages certification schemes for knowledge-based workers, and has a global reach, with regional offices located around the world.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an official certificate of completion from the Association of Project Managers. Read more about the awarding body. The course on this page is offered by Training Bytesize, an Accredited Training Organisation of The APM Group Ltd. AgilePM® is a registered trademark of Agile Business Consortium Limited.

Entry requirements

While there are no strict entry requirements for this APM Project Fundamentals course, it is strongly recommended that you have the ability to effectively read and write in English.

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What are the different types of management courses?

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