Certification Details

This e-learning course is a completely integrated training course for those that wish to expand their project management skills with the advantage of studying for an internationally recognised qualification from the Association for Project Management (APM).

Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), this course will lead to an internationally recognised qualification. The Introductory Certificate provides the foundation for further training and qualifications in the expanding project management field.

This course was previously known as APMIC but has been renamed by the Association of Project Management to APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ).

The course is equivalent to a two-day classroom workshop and takes between 10–12 hours to complete. It combines multiple voices, animation and interactive exercises, providing training at a time, pace and location to suit individual requirements.

Important Information for all those whose learning is aligned to The APM Body of Knowledge 5th Edition:

From January 2015 all APM Fundamentals and APM Project Management Qualification exams offered will be based on the APM Body of Knowledge 6th Edition syllabus (previously aligned to the 5th Edition until end of December 2014).

For more information please contact one of our team by emailing [email protected].

Who is the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification ® course suitable for?

This learning requires no prior knowledge or experience. It is designed for anyone looking to start a successful project management career, or wishing to understand the principles of project management.

What’s Included
  • 12 months online access to our accredited course
  • Full tutor support via phone and email while you study
  • Mock exam revision tool

This qualification is 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.

Course Introduction
  • Using the Course
  • Course Objectives
  • Prerequisites
  • Conventions/Terminologies
  • Professional Qualifications
  • The PM Community
Basic Concepts
  • What is a Project?
  • Projects vs Operations
  • Project Lifecycles
The Project Management Centre
  • Projects, Programmes & Portfolios
  • The Project Environment (PESTLE)
  • The Business Case
  • PM Processes
  • Project Success Criteria
Organising a Project
  • The Project Sponsor/Board
  • The Project Manager
  • Project Assurance/Support
  • Project Teams
Planning a Project
  • The Project Management Plan
  • The PID/SoW
  • Product-Based Planning
  • Activity-Based Planning
  • Baselining
Scheduling a Project
  • Networks
  • Float
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Milestones
Estimating
  • Top Down/Bottom Up
  • Delphi Technique
  • Factoring
  • Work Distribution
  • Effort vs Duration (Weinburg’s Rule)
Managing Resources
  • Resource Types
  • S-Curves
  • Resource Histograms
  • Resource Scheduling
Controlling a Project
  • Stages & Tolerance
  • Earned Value
  • Forecasting
  • Computer Based Tools
EManaging Scope
  • Scope Planning / Definition
  • Scope Verification
  • Scope Change Control
Managing Communications
  • Authorities
  • Decision Making
  • Reporting
  • Project Issues
Managing Risk
  • Investment Appraisal
  • Risk Identification/Analysis
  • Response Development/Control
Managing Quality
  • Quality Management
  • Quality System
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Customer Quality Expectations
Managing Change
  • Change Management
  • Change Control
  • Configuration Management
Managing Procurement
  • Procurement & Contract Management
Managing People
  • Teamwork
  • Conflict Management
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management
Closing Down a Project
  • Handover
  • Follow-On Actions
  • Post-Project Review
  • Lessons Learned
  • Project Filing
Exam Technique
  • How to approach the APMIC exam
Exam Simulator
  • Randomised APM Introductory level exam questions to test understanding