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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

Gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession
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What is the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)?

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (SCQF Level 6) is a multiple-choice examination. It offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology giving you the knowledge to make a positive contribution to any project.

Who is it for?

This qualification is for those wanting a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. You don't need any prior knowledge or experience for this qualification.

How can I study for this qualification?

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You can study with our accredited training providers who offer the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification in many different formats including classroom, e-learning, distance learning, public and in-house courses.

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We offer the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification as a self-study online exam. If you wish to undertake self-study you can take our open online exams from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.

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How is it assessed?

The Fundamentals Qualification is a one hour, 60-question, multiple-choice exam. You can sit the exam online either in a classroom with your accredited provider or at home utilising our remote live invigilator. You can book your exam at a time to suit you.

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What is assessed?

The syllabus assesses the key elements of the project management life cycle and covers knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledgeincluding:

  • planning and scheduling
  • communication
  • teamwork
  • resource management
  • project risk management
  • project reviews

What are the benefits?

  • Improved confidence, engagement and credibility in your role.
  • Gain digital recognition for your CV and social media platforms which demonstrates your alignment to a professional body.
  • Keep up with the latest mix of tools, techniques, processes and skills in project management.
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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification study guide

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Study Guide is designed to support you when taking the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification.

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APM glossary of project management terms

This glossary is a unique collection of popular project management terms sourced from the fifth, sixth and seventh editions of the APM Body of Knowledge and other APM publications. 

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