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APM Fundamentals Of Project Management (PFQ) Training Course

Learn How To Make Better Decisions, Understand Consequences & Generate Success In Project Management


Our 2-day APM Fundamentals Of Project Management (PFQ) training course provides a comprehensive overview of project management that focuses on applying the core principles to make better decisions, understand consequences and generate success. It is relevant for any project in any area of business, the course covers the pragmatic skills and techniques necessary for effective project delivery.

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Course Outline

The APM Fundamentals Of Project Management (PFQ) training course is structured around the syllabus for the Association for Project Management (APM) 'Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification'.

Project Management and the Operating Environment

Projects are undertaken in a unique environment. You will be introduced to the factors that shape that environment.

  • Differences between a project and business as usual
  • Purpose and core components of project management and the benefits of effective project management
  • Programme and portfolio management
  • Project environment and the PESTLE acronym
  • Use and phases of a typical project life cycle and reasons for structuring projects into phases
  • Roles and responsibilities of: project manager, project sponsor, project steering group/board, project team members, project office and end users

Project Management Planning

You will be introduced to the principles and techniques of effective project planning from the outset.

  • Purpose and the typical content of a business case, including benefits
  • Purpose and production of a project management plan
  • Stakeholders, stakeholder management and stakeholder analysis
  • Estimating methods (including analytical, comparative, parametric), estimating funnel,
  • Success criteria, success factors and the use of KPIs
  • Purpose and benefits of project reporting
  • Project scope management, including product and work breakdown structures and Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM) with RACI
  • Configuration management and change control
  • Different approaches to scheduling (including critical path analysis, Gantt (bar) charts, baselines and milestones)
  • Resource management
  • Procurement within the context of project management
  • Risk management and issue management
  • Project risk management process and the use of a risk register
  • Issue and issue management and the use of an issue log


In addition to understanding the tools and techniques of project management the key aspects of engaging with people are covered.

  • Definition and methods of communication
  • Barriers to effective communication
  • The communication plan
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Role of project team leader
  • Teamwork models


    The APM Fundamentals Of Project Management (PFQ) training course works through the lifecycle of a project, giving you insight into all the key activities and processes undertaken to deliver successfully. A realistic project scenario is used as a case study during the course. This will allow you to consolidate their knowledge of the key topics discussed, in a practical setting through syndicate work.

    As more and more business critical initiatives are being planned and executed as projects, it is essential that organisations are fully equipped with the skills, tools, working practices, processes and mind-sets such that projects can be clearly defined, realistically planned and effectively managed.

    About the Course

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

    • Differentiate between project management and the operating environment
    • Define the management structure by which projects operate
    • Apply project management planning
    • Describe project scope management
    • Contribute to scheduling and resource management
    • Apply risk management and issue management
    • Define project quality management
    • Manage communication in the project environment
    • Recognise the importance of stakeholder management
    • Explain principles of leadership and teamwork

    Who Should Attend

    The APM Fundamentals Of Project Management (PFQ) in London is aimed at ambitious Project Managers and provides an awareness of the important features of Project Management.

    Materials Provided

    • Full Materials Including Comprehensive Course Workbook
    • Highly Skilled & Knowledgeable Tutors
    • APM Fundamentals Of Project Management (PFQ) Examination
    • Refreshments

    Organisational Benefits

    • Improve marketability, efficiency and profitability by supporting staff.
    • Win business through information research and management, planning, development and sales orientation.
    • Encourage retention of staff through competency-based recruitment and promotion.
    • Assess the tangible impact made by Proposal Managers.
    • Help to grow a flexible and adaptive workforce across the business and provide a common set of standards for business acquisition.

    Individual Benefits

    • Prove personal ability and impact to an organisation through the use of best practice in proposal management.
    • Demonstrate a current, proven and independently assessed record of proposal management.
    • Build strategic partnerships and encourage continuous learning and innovation.
    • Improve client management and negotiation planning skills.
    • Identify relevant suppliers and partners needed for a proposal to succeed and communicate requirements through effective meeting management.


    There are no formal prerequisites for the APM Fundamentals Of Project Management (PFQ) training session.


    You will be expected to undertake up to 5 hours of pre-course work in order to be fully prepared. You will be provided with pre-course reading by email prior to attending the course. Success on the course will be enhanced by close attention to the pre-reading materials.

    Exam Overview

    The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Examination

    • One hour
    • Closed book
    • 60 multiple-choice questions
    • 60% pass mark

    Exam Type

    Classroom Exam

    Professional Development Units - PDUs

    There are no professional qualification credits attached to the APM Fundamentals Of Project Management (PFQ) course.


    The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

    Next Steps

    Our 3-day APMP For PRINCE2® Practitioners training course is the fast track APMP qualification exclusively for PRINCE2® Practitioners.


    Congratulations! Once you have passed the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) exam, you will be awarded the APM PFQ Certificate and have a great understanding of the Project Management arena.

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