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.

How is it assessed?

You can take the Project Fundamentals Qualification through a 60-question, multiple-choice examination, taken over one hour. You can sit the examination 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.

What is assessed?

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, 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.

Supporting resources

These resources support those candidates following qualifications aligned with the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition (SCQF Level 7 pending).

Full details of the examination process can be found in the guidance notes.

View the Syllabus  

Exam techniques  

Guidance Notes  

Download sample paper 

The APM PFQ Study Guide

APM Glossary of Project Management Terms

These resources support those candidates following qualifications aligned with the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition (SCQF Level 7) (available until Dec 2020).

Full details of the examination process can be found in the guidance notes.

View the Syllabus

Guidance Notes  

Download sample paper  

The APM PFQ Study Guide

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).

The study guide references the syllabus, learning outcomes and assessment criteria aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition.

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

This is the perfect self-study support guide for candidates. We also have a study pack available which bundles both the guide and the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition for a discounted price.


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 of Accredited Providers offer the exam online, allowing you to take it anywhere at any time through live online proctoring.

Should you wish to undertake self-study, you can enter one of four open examinations run by the Association for Project Management. You can also take our open online exams from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.

View full list of PFQ training providers

Looking for training with online exams?

Candidates can now sit an online training course and gain their qualification without leaving their home.

Our exams are now available online through the following selected APM Accredited Training Providers. Explore the links to book directly. Please refer to our online examination guidance before booking an exam.

You can do this with one of Accredited Providers below or self-study.


APM Open Online Examinations

We now offer the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification as a self-study online exam.

Book your self-study exam today

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