Course Introduction

The APM Introductory Certificate is now known as APM Project Fundamentals Qualification(PFQ). It is a practical course for project managers or members of project teams and also those who aspires to be project managers. It wants a better understanding of the processes, tools and language of project management.

The course is intensive, and therefore delegates are also directed to undertake some revision work to prepare for the examination that will be taken at the completion of the course. The added work required will comprise consolidation reading and mock exam questions.

This 2-day training in project management focusing on the APM Introductory Certificate is planned to give delegates a complete introduction to the main issues in project management and to guide them through the best learning techniques for the one-hour MCQ examination held at the end of the course.

  • Understand about Project Management

  • Understand the structure of a successful project

  • Learn about the structure of a successful project

  • Be able to contribute to a project team

  • Be more knowledgeable about project management

  • Delegates will come to know how to contribute to a project team

What's included


Tutor Support


Exam(s) included




No prerequisites required to attend this course.

What Will You Learn

  • Apply the essential principles of project management including:
    • Define the business case
    • Establish scope
    • Draw up a plan for project delivery
    • Identify and managing risk
    • Monitor and track project progress
    • Control change
  • Be familiar with the words and language related to project management
  • Know how project management can improve effectiveness in the organisation
  • Pass the APM Foundation (PFQ) examination
  • Understand the process of project management
  • Know terminologies of project management
  • Identify the roles in the domain of project management.
  • Describe criteria for project success and benefits.
  • Support and contribute to a successful project outcome.
  • Preparation of documentation related to project
  • Get level of understanding needed to pass the Introductorycourse
  • Know difference between operating environment and project management
  • Know 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
  • Breakdown of a project as the first component of planning
  • Analysis of a stakeholder analysis and describe ways in which they can be managed
  • Manage communication in the project environment
  • Understand about methods in which projects can be controlled and monitored
  • Recognise the importance of stakeholder management
  • Explain principles of leadership and teamwork
  • Understand context of Project and its relationship with project management
  • Define criteria for project success and its benefits
  • Identify the roles of project management
  • Support and contribute to a successful outcome of project

Who should take this course

  • Delegates who are new to the domain of project management and who want to gain an understanding of the concepts and principles of project management as laid down in the Association for Project Management’s Body of Knowledge.
  • Project team members with no prior project management training who would like to know standard project management terminology and who wish to get the Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification.


This course is planned to provide delegates with an introduction to the key concepts in project management and to make them prepare for the one-hour MCQ  examination held at the end of the course. The study manual for this certificate will be provided to all delegates, and it will be their personal copy for future reference.

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification is an exceptional way to understand a basic awareness of project management and how projects differ from activities. The trainer will be accredited and industry leading experts with wide experience of applying the APM approach, the course ensures that delegates gain enough knowledge to be confident in the practical application of project management as a team member.

Delegates are provided with the APM manual, which will be their personal copy to keep for future reference. Upon completion this complete two-day training course, delegates will be able to recognise the project management processes and understand the Project Management terminology. Delegates will also be ready to correctly assess the project success criteria and benefits while preparing the required project documentation.Phaese of APM

Key exam information:

  • Exam Duration: One hour
  • Closed book
  • 60 multiple-choice questions
  • Passing marks: 60%


Course Content

Project management and its operating environment

  • Define of project and project management
  • Vital purpose and definition of project management, programme management and portfolio management
  • Difference between programme management and portfolio management in the field of project management
  • Differences between project and business
  • Benefits of effective project management
  • Know about Project environment
  • Understand about PESTLE as a tool

Project Concept Phase 

  • Stakeholder management 
  • Project success and benefits management 
  • Business case 
  • Benefits 

People in Projects 

  • Leadership and team working 
  • Communication 

Project Definition Phase 

  • Project management plan 
  • Quality management 
  • Risk management 
  • Scope management 
  • Scheduling 
  • Resource management 
  • Estimating 
  • Procurement 

Project Management in Context

  • Project management
  • Programme management
  • Portfolio management
  • Project context
  • Project sponsorship

Planning the Strategy

  • Project quality
  • Project risk management
  • Purpose of the project management plan (pmp)
  • Handle Stakeholders’ Management
  • Project success and benefits management

Executing the Strategy

  • Scope management
  • Scheduling
  • Resource management
  • Change control information
  • Management and reporting
  • Issues management


  • Configuration management
  • Estimating
  • Project business case
  • Procurement

Organising and Governance

  • Project lifecycle
  • Handover and closeout
  • Project reviews
  • Organisational roles

People and the Profession

  • Communications in a project
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership

Scope management

  • Define scope management
  • Product Breakdown Structure and Work Breakdown Structure
  • Configuration
  • Change control
  • Links between configuration and change control
  • Process of Change control
  • Configure management process

Scheduling and resource management

  • Define Total float and critical path
  • Understand Gantt chart, milestone, and baseline
  • Know Resource Management
  • Understand different Types of resources
  • Resource smoothing/resource levelling
  • Procurement  

Risk management and issue management

  • Project risk and risk management
  • Project risk management process
  • Use of risk register
  • Issue and issue management
  • Use of issue log
  • Escalation process

Project quality management

  • Quality and quality management
  • Quality planning quality control, quality assurance, and continual improvement
  • Differences b/w quality assurance and quality control
  • Project reviews such as
    • Gate post
    • Benefit
    • Peer reviews


  • Methods of communication
  • Barriers to communication
  • Effective communication 
  • Communication plan

Leadership and teamwork

  • Definition – leadership
  • Role of project team leader
  • Project team
  • Teamwork models


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