APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

Our course code: PM006

Course fee: £475 or from £36 per month

Apply code 'FUND20' when enrolling

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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 Introductory Certificate is the ideal place to begin.

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.

You may have many years’ 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.

On 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.
  • Your learning will cover planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.
  • Upon completion of the training, you can sit the APM Introductory Certificate exam which leads to an internationally recognised qualification.

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

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support ™

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: APMG

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.

Study Hours

The recommended learning hours for this course is 10 hours. However, more maybe required based on your progress and learning style.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning via our online learning environment.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Assessment

At the end of this course you will need to sit a short exam. This is a multiple-choice test and you will need to achieve 36 correct answers out of 60 to pass. The test can be done online from home or at a local test centre; whichever best suits you. The cost of the exam is INCLUDED in the course price.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners, you will receive an official certificate of completion from the Association of Project Managers. You can read more about the awarding body here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - You don't need any prior skills in the subject area to start this course but we do recommend an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Introduction
  • Course Structure
  • Case study
  • Summary
2: Projects, Programme and Portfolios
  • Project characteristics
  • Project definition
  • Projects vs BAU
  • Key roles
  • Project Life Cycle (1&2)
  • Programmes and Portfolios
  • Exercise
  • Summary
3: The Business Case
  • Definition
  • Business Case contents
  • Business case and the life cycle
  • Key roles
  • Exercise
  • Summary
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
5: Networks
  • Networks
  • Dependencies types
  • Lead and lag
  • Common faults
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
7: Critical Path Analysis
  • Node layout definition
  • Critical path calculation forward / backward pass
  • Gantt chart Critical path / Total float
8: Resources
  • Factors that affect resources
  • Synergy
  • Resource allocation
  • Resource smoothing
  • Resource levelling
  • Resource cumulative curve
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
10: Project Closure
  • Key activities
  • Project Manager responsibilities
  • Post project review analysis
  • Termination problems possible solution
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
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
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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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.