APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) formerly known as Introductory Certificate (IC)

APM has updated the names of its qualification suite. Introductory Certificate: The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification is now called APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and APMP: The APM Project Management Qualification has changed to APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ). The new names will provide candidates and employers with a coherent progressive career path, from the ‘fundamentals’ through to ‘management’ and ‘professional’ levels of understanding. The core value of our qualifications: the assessment criteria, learning outcomes and training models will stay the same. You can find out more about the changes to the names and what it means in this press release.

Examinations based on the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition are available to book through APM Accredited Providers and APM open exams

What is the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification?

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) formerly known as Introductory Certificate (IC) - ( SCQF Level 6) offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology.

It 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.

Hear about the benefits from two holders of the qualification and two corporate representatives who have embedded it into their organisations:

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.

Syllabus against the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition
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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 Candidate Guidance Notes:

Guidance Notes against the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition

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The examination 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.

View a list of training providers who offer the online examination.

How can I study for this qualification?

You can study through our Accredited Providers who offer PFQ 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.

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

Sample paper against APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition
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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.

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Study Guide is designed to support candidates taking PFQ. The study guide references the syllabus, learning outcomes and assessment criteria aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition.

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 APM 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.