APM Introductory Certificate PFQ Overview

APM Introductory Certificate (PFQ) Course Outline

During this 2-day course, delegates will produce various documents required to plan, monitor, and control any project. There will be many opportunities to discuss their findings, their understanding of the processes and their approach to Project Management. Throughout the course additional information will be given to ensure candidates cover the objectives of each session. Individual exercises will also be used to consolidate the subjects taught.

Module 1: Understand Project Management and the Operating Environment

  • Define the Term Project
  • Projects Vs Business as Usual
  • Define the Term Project Management
  • Purpose of Project Management
  • Define the Term Programme Management
  • Define the Term Portfolio Management
  • PESTLE Analysis

Module 2: Understand Project Life Cycles

  • Project Life Cycle
  • Linear Project Life Cycle
  • Iterative Project Life Cycle
  • Hybrid Life Cycle
  • Extended Project Life Cycle

Module 3: Understand the Roles and Responsibilities within Projects

  • What is Project Sponsorship?
  • Role of the Project Sponsor
  • What is an Organisation?
  • Project Team Structure Example
  • Project Sponsor and Project Manager
  • Project Governance
  • Project Team Members
  • End Users
  • Product Owner
  • Project Management Office

Module 4: Understand Project Management Planning

  • Define the Term Deployment Baseline
  • Linear Vs Iterative Life Cycles
  • Stakeholders of a Project Management Plan
  • Purpose of a Business Case
  • Typical Contents
  • Role of a Project Sponsor and Project Manager in a Business Case
  • What is Stakeholder Management?
  • Stakeholder Analysis Process
  • How a Stakeholder Analysis Supports Effective Stakeholder Engagement
  • Define the Term Benefits Management
  • What is Estimating?
  • Typical Estimating Methods
  • Purpose of the Estimating Funnel
  • What is Project Success?
  • What is Success?
  • When to Define Success?
  • Success Criteria
  • Reporting
  • Purpose of Project Progress Reporting
  • Benefits of Project Progress Reporting

Module 5: Understand Project Scope Management

  • Scope Management
  • Scope Management within Linear and Iterative lifecycles
  • Breakdown Structures
  • Product Breakdown Structure
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Cost Breakdown Structure
  • Organisational Breakdown Structures
  • Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • Configuration Management
  • Change Control
  • Why Change Control
  • Change Control Process
  • Configuration Management Process

Module 6: Understand Resource, Scheduling and Optimisation in a Project

  • What is Scheduling?
  • Purpose of Scheduling
  • Purpose of Critical Path Analysis
  • Purpose of Milestones
  • Time Boxing
  • What is Resource Optimisation?
  • Resource Levelling
  • Resource Smoothing
  • Procurement Strategy

Module 7: Understand Project Risk and Issue Management in the Context of a Project

  • What is Risk?
  • What is Project Risk Management?
  • Purpose of Risk Management
  • Risk Management Process
  • Use of Risk Registers
  • What is an ‘Issue’?
  • Terminology
  • Purpose of ‘Issue Management
  • Differentiate Between an Issue and a Risk
  • Issue Resolution Process

Module 8: Understand Quality in the Context of a Project

  • Definition of Quality
  • Quality Management
  • Quality Components
  • Quality Planning
  • Quality Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Decision Gates
  • Post Project Reviews
  • Benefit Reviews
  • Project Audits

Module 9: Understand Communication in the Context of a Project

  • What is Communication?
  • Communications in Projects
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • Physical Communication
  • Virtual Communication
  • Contents of a Communication Plan
  • Benefits to a PM of a Communication Plan

Module 10: Understand Leadership and Teamwork within a Project

  • Leadership
  • Impact on Team Performance
  • Challenges to a Project Manager
  • Tuckman Team Development Model
  • Belbin Roles

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Who should attend this APM PFQ Course?

 The APM PFQ is a beginner-level qualification that equips learners with a foundational understanding of Project Management. Here is a list of professionals who can benefit from this attending this course:

  • Project Managers
  • Junior Managers
  • HR Professionals
  • Finance Professionals
  • Research and Development Professionals
  • Operations Managers
  • Senior Project Managers

Prerequisites of the APM PFQ Course

There are no formal prerequisites for pursuing this APM PFQ Course.

APM Introductory Certificate (PFQ) Course Overview

This 2-day, APM accredited, Project Fundamental Qualification is an introductory course for those looking to launch their project management career. It is specifically designed to offer a fundamental base for project management terminology, and it serves as a foundation for further APM training and certification.

No prior experience or knowledge is required as the course aims to give you a broad and thorough understanding of the principles of project management. An examination is included at the end of the course. 

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What’s included in this APM PFQ Course?

  • APM PFQ Examination 
  • World-class training sessions from Experienced Instructors 
  • APM PFQ Certificate  
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Exam Information

The APM Introductory Certificate in Project Management (PFQ) Exam assesses participants' understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of project management. This certification focuses on providing individuals with a foundation in project management knowledge and terminology. 

  • Type of Questions: Multiple Choice 
  • Total Questions: 60 
  • Total Marks: 60 Marks 
  • Pass Marks: 60%, or 36/60 Marks 
  • Duration: 90 Minutes 
  • Open Book/Closed Book: Closed book

The assessment will cover the following core principles of Project Management:

  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Communications
  • Quality Management
  • Teamwork
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Management
  • Issue Management
  • Handover
  • Reviews

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APM Introductory Certificate PFQ FAQs

Yes, our PFQ and PMQ courses are accredited by APM, The Association for Project Management.
The APM PFQ is a foundation qualification that does not require any prerequisites. It is a course designed to give a basic introduction to Project management, detailing terminology, basic principles, and structure. Anybody with an interest can take this course. However, the PMQ certification is targeted to those who wish to broaden their knowledge on project management, so that they can actively participate in projects. Applicants of the PMQ course often have pre-existing project management knowledge. Those who have completed their PFQ qualification are often advised to progress to PMQ certification.
No, if you have previous knowledge or experience in project management then the PFQ certification is not suitable for you. However, the PMQ certification from APM is suited for those who wish to broaden their project management knowledge but also have some prior knowledge. The PFQ certification is designed for those who have no experience in project management and wish to gain a basic understanding.
APM qualifications are earned through the sitting of exams. APM PFQ is assessed by a 60-question, multiple-choice exam, while the exam for APM PMQ is three hours, with multiple question formats. A shorter version of the exam is available for registered PRINCE2 Practitioners which lasts two hours and has fewer questions. As an APM Accredited Provider, our APMP courses include the exams in the course fee.
The price for APM Introductory Certificate PFQ certification in the United Kingdom starts from £1495
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