The APM Project Fundamentals qualification (PFQ), is a knowledge-based qualification developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession. The PFQ is the first step in the APM suite of certifications and provides:
A fundamental awareness of project management terminology
A broad understanding of the principles of the profession
The knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project.
This course is aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge version 7 and includes the PFQ examination, and all course material to prepare you fully for your exam
By taking this course you will achieve a good foundation knowledge of project management. The PFQ is the first APM qualification which provides a basis for moving onto the APM Project Management qualification (PMQ).
The PFQ is aligned to the Scottish Credit Qualifications and Framework level 6.
No prior knowledge or experience is required for this PFQ qualification.
By actively participating in this course, you will learn about the following:
Understand project management and the operating environment
Understand project life cycles
Understand the roles and responsibilities within projects
Understand project management planning
Understand project scope management
Understand resource scheduling and optimisation in a project
Understand project risk and issue management in the context of a project
Understand quality in the context of a project
Understand communication in the context of a project
Understand leadership and teamwork within a project
You will receive some pre-course reading. Please complete this pre-course reading in full to get the most out of your course. Everyone learns differently yet we would advise spending 5 hours on your pre-course reading.
This course covers provides comprehensive coverage of the PFQ syllabus aligned to the Body of Knowledge 7. The PFQ syllabus contains:
10 learning outcomes (above)
59 assessment criteria – the specific topics you are required to know
The PFQ syllabus showing full topic coverage is available on the APM Website
The way our course is structured is that it follows a lifecycle approach, rather than following the sections in the PFQ syllabus. Our structure enables you to understand how the tools, skills and techniques are applied at each phase of a project.
A full breakdown of subject areas is provided below:
Projects and project management
Programme and portfolio management
Life cycles (including: linear, iterative and hybrid life cycles)
Success and benefits
Deployment baseline (the Project Management Plan)
Progress monitoring and reporting
You will sit your PFQ examination in the afternoon of day 2. Some details about your PFQ examination:
60 minutes duration
Pass mark is 36 (60%)
Your course includes preparation for your examination. This includes undertaking mock examination questions, and answer reviews. Questions will also be set to be completed in the evening, and you can expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours in the evening on this additional work. Please ensure you can dedicate time to this evening work
Photographic identification is required to sit your PFQ exam. Examples include:
You are required to show the invigilator your photographic identification – failure to do so will mean you will not be allowed to sit your exam
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