What is the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification?

The Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) - (SCQF Level 6), developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession, offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology.

Who is this qualification for?

It 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.

The APM Project Fundamentals study guide

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Study Guide is designed to support candidates taking the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ), formerly known as Introductory Certificate (IC).

The study guide references the syllabus, learning outcomes and assessment criteria aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition.

The study guide also includes a round-up of exam tips and advice, 60 sample exam questions and a glossary of APM terms.

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What is assessed?

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ), formerly known as Introductory Certificate (IC), syllabus assesses the key elements of the project management life cycle and covers knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge, including planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.

View the syllabus


How is it assessed?

Assessment is through a 60-question, multiple choice examination, taken over 1 hour. 

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.

Full details of the examination process can be found in the guidance notes Guidance Notes against APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition.

View the guidance notes View PFQ sample paper

How can I study for this qualification?

You can study through our Accredited Providers who offer the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification 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 it anywhere at any time through live online proctoring.

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

Should you wish to undertake self study, you can enter one of four open examinations run by the Association for Project Management.

View full list of PFQ training providers

View our other qualifications and standards

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

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APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

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Registered Project Professional standard (RPP)


The Chartered Project Professional standard (ChPP) 


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