Overview

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.

This eLearning course provides learners with knowledge and understanding to prepare them for the PFQ examination (based on the APM Body of Knowledge, 7th Edition).

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Prerequisites

This course is suitable for those looking to gain an understanding of project management, or those who are not directly involved in project management but who wish to become familiar with project management processes and key terms. It is also ideal for project managers as a pre-cursor to more advanced certification such as the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

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Leaning Outcomes

  1. Understand project management and the operating environment
  2. Understand project life cycles
  3. Understand the roles and responsibilities within projects
  4. Understand project management planning
  5. Understand project scope management
  6. Understand resource scheduling and optimisation in a project
  7. Understand project risk and issue management in the context of a project
  8. Understand quality in the context of a project
  9. Understand communication in the context of a project
  10. Understand leadership and teamwork within a project
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Course Outline

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)
  • Reviews
  • Implementing Strategy
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Business case
  • Success and benefits
  • Procurement
  • Scope management
  • Estimating
  • Scheduling
  • Resource optimisation
  • Deployment baseline (the Project Management Plan)
  • Risk management
  • Progress monitoring and reporting
  • Issue management
  • Quality management
  • Change control
  • Configuration management
  • Teams
  • Leadership
  • Team development
  • Communication
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What's included

  • Exam included
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