Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

From the 30th April 2014, Introductory Certificate examinations based on the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition will be available to book through APM Accredited Providers and available to book for APM open exams. Examinations based on the 5th edition will remain available concurrently during the transition period until the end of December 2014. Information regarding both examinations is included below.

What is the Introductory Certificate?
The Introductory Certificate - The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification - (SCQF Level 6) offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology and is for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession.

Who is it for?
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.

What is assessed?
The syllabus assesses the key elements of the project management lifecycle and covers knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge,  including planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.

Introductory Certificate syllabus against the APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition
(examinations available until December 2014. See FAQs)

Introductory Certificate syllabus against the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition
(examinations available from 30th April 2014. See FAQs)

How is it assessed?
Assessment is through a 60 question, multiple choice examination, taken over 1 hour. Full details of the examination process can be found in the Introductory Certificate Candidate Guidance Notes:

Introductory Certificate Guidance Notes against APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition
(examinations available until December 2014.  See FAQs)

Introductory Certificate Guidance Notes against APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition
(examinations available from 30th April 2014. See FAQs)

The Introductory Certificate is available online either in a classroom with your accredited provider or on your own premises utilising our remote live proctor. You can book your examination at a time to suit you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 360 days a year.

How can I study for this qualification?
You can study through our Accredited Providers who offer the Introductory Certificate in Project Management in many different formats including classroom, e-learning, distance learning, public and in-house courses.

A number offer the exam online allowing you to take the exam any time, anywhere through live online proctoring.

View a list of Accredited Providers here offering IC online.

The Introductory Certificate sample paper will support you in preparing for your examination:

Introductory Certificate sample paper against APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition
(examinations available until December 2014.  See FAQs)

Introductory Certificate sample paper against APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition
(examinations available from 30th April 2014. See FAQs)

You can also self study; ‘Starting Out in Project Management’ is a helpful guide to project management and a detailed study guide that will support readers wishing to undertake the APM’s Introductory Certificate in Project Management qualification. Should you wish to undertake self study, you can enter one of four open examinations run by the Association for Project Management. You may apply for these using the qualifications application form, available on the qualifications page.

How much does it cost?
Please contact an accredited training provider for fees or alternatively take an open exam with APM. 

Save over £100 becoming an APM member
Individuals taking the exam are eligible to save over £100 when applying for associate, full or fellow membership within 6 weeks of receiving the results letter.

APM Qualifications and the Body of Knowledge 6th edition

 *The saving reflects a waiver of the registration fee. This offer only applies for associate, full or fellow level membership applicants. In all cases, if you are an employee of a corporate member of APM the registration fee will be waived.