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.
No prior knowledge or experience is required for this PFQ qualification.
Benefits of taking this course
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
Why QA should be chosen
QA are a market leader in the PFQ, training thousands of people every year with market-leading pass rates. QA offers PFQ training in a format that suits you:
- Classroom (public courses or client–specific, at a QA venue or client venue)
- Live Streaming
The PFQ exam is also available online, for added convenience.
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.
Proof of Identification
Photographic identification is required to sit your PFQ exam. Examples include:
- Driving licence
- Work Badge
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.
If you are taking an online exam, we advise you to familiarise yourself with the remote invigilation exam platform. The following documents can be found on the APM website:
- Online examinations: what to expect
- Step-by-step guide to your new candidate experience
- Online invigilation FAQs
- APM rules and regulations for remote invigilated examinations
- User guidance: Taking a remote invigilated examination
Reasonable Adjustments Policy
The exam provider allows additional time for candidates who have a disability. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Failure to advise QA and provide evidence when requested, may result in the additional support not being offered via the policy. QA Exam Administration can be contacted by email email@example.com or by phone +44(0)1793 696162.
Any other assistance
If you require any other assistance to attend your course, please get in contact and we will do everything we can to make your time at QA comfortable. Please contact your account manager, or via one of the options below:
- 0345 757 3888
By attending this course, you will:
- 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
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)
- Implementing Strategy
- Stakeholder engagement
- Business case
- Success and benefits
- Scope management
- Resource optimisation
- Deployment baseline (the Project Management Plan)
- Risk management
- Progress monitoring and reporting
- Issue management
- Quality management
- Change control
- Configuration management
- Team development
You will sit your PFQ examination in the afternoon of day 2. Some details about your PFQ examination:
- 60 minutes duration
- Multiple choice
- 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.
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