This course is designed to give delegates a sound introduction to the key issues in project management and to prepare them for the one-hour multiple-choice examination held at the end of the course.
The Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) - (SCQF Level 6), developed by the APM, the chartered body for the project profession, offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology.

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The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) is a basic or entry level qualification and is particularly suitable 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 the individual the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project..
  • Project team members with no project management training who would like to understand standard project management terminology and who wish to obtain the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ).

A primary focus of this intensive course is to prepare you to successfully pass the examination. If you are looking for a more practical course enabling greater opportunities for project simulation and hands on exercises then you may wish to consider our course An Introduction to Effective Project Management.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the project management processes.
  • Understand project management terminology.
  • Correctly identify the roles involved in project management.
  • Describe project success criteria and benefits.
  • Support and contribute to a successful project outcome.
  • Prepare project documentation.
  • Have acquired the level of understanding needed to pass the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) examination.

There is a significant amount of pre-course work for this course which includes reading the Course Work Book (provided). The amount of time for this will depend on your experience and learning style.
Our advice is to do as much pre-work as possible (between 10 and 15 hours of study time), to give you the best chance of success. We also advise that you focus on the definitions so that you are prepared to answer questions on these which are usually worded: "Which of the following best describes...?"
All of the required information will be sent out prior to the course and it is essential that delegates complete this pre-course activity.


Project Management in Context

  • Project management
  • Programme management
  • Portfolio management
  • Project context 
  • Project sponsorship

Planning the Strategy

  • Project quality
  • Project risk management
  • Purpose of the project management plan (pmp)
  • Stakeholders’ management
  • Project success and benefits management

Executing the Strategy

  • Scope management
  • Scheduling
  • Resource management
  • Change control information
  • Management and reporting
  • Issues management


  • Configuration management
  • Estimating
  • Project business case
  • Procurement

Organising and Governance

  • Project lifecycle
  • Handover and closeout
  • Project reviews
  • Organisational roles

People and the Profession

  • Communications in a project
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership


This course is accredited by APM