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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) E-learning

The APM has developed an introductory qualification in project management called APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, which is based on the APM Body of Knowledge. It is a qualification designed to provide anyone with a better understanding of this exciting and challenging discipline (formerly known as APM Introductory Certificate).

The Association for Project Management (APM) received its Royal Charter in January 2017, and is preparing for the next important phase of creating a register of Chartered Project Professionals this year – transferring members to the new body. Gain an APM qualification, as this will set you on the path towards Chartered status.

ILX Group’s accredited training course has been created for companies, organisations or individuals that wish to expand their project management skills.



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Course overview

About the course

Accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), this course will lead to an internationally recognised qualification. The Fundamentals qualification provides the foundation for further training and qualifications in the expanding project management field.

This course was previously known as APMIC but has been renamed by The Association of Project Management to APM Project Fundamentals Qualification.

The course is equivalent to a two-day classroom workshop and takes between 10–12 hours to complete. It combines multiple voices, animation and interactive exercises, providing training at a time, pace and location to suit individual requirements.

What's covered?

Course introduction

  • Using the course
  • Course objectives
  • Pre-requisites
  • Conventions/terminologies
  • Professional qualifications
  • The PM community

Basic concepts

  • What is a project?
  • Projects vs operations
  • Project lifecycles

The project management centre

  • Projects, programmes and portfolios
  • The project environment (PESTLE)
  • The business case
  • PM processes
  • Project success criteria

Organising a project

  • The project sponsor/board
  • The project manager
  • Project assurance/support
  • Project teams

Planning a project

  • The project management plan
  • The PID/SoW
  • Product-based planning
  • Activity-based planning
  • Baselining

Scheduling a project

  • Networks
  • Float
  • Critical path analysis
  • Milestones


  • Top down/bottom up
  • Delphi technique
  • Factoring
  • Work distribution
  • Effort vs duration (Weinburg’s rule)

Managing resources

  • Resource types
  • S-curves
  • Resource histograms
  • Resource scheduling

Controlling a project

  • Stages and tolerance
  • Earned value
  • Forecasting
  • Computer-based tools

Managing scope

  • Scope planning / definition
  • Scope verification
  • Scope change control

Managing communications

  • Authorities
  • Decision making
  • Reporting
  • Project issues

Managing risk

  • Investment appraisal
  • Risk identification/analysis
  • Response development/control

Managing quality

  • Quality management
  • Quality system
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control
  • Customer quality expectations

Managing change

  • Change management
  • Change control
  • Configuration management

Managing procurement

  • Procurement and contract management

Managing people

  • Teamwork
  • Conflict management
  • Health, safety and environmental management

Closing down a project

  • Handover
  • Follow-on actions
  • Post-project review
  • Lessons learned
  • Project filing

Exam technique

  • How to approach the exam 

Exam simulator

  • Randomised exam questions to test understanding


The course is equivalent to a two-day classroom workshop and takes between 10–12 hours to complete.

Target audience

This learning requires no prior knowledge or experience. It is designed for anyone looking to start a successful project management career, or wishing to understand the principles of project management.


This learning requires no prior knowledge or experience.

What's included?


  • 12 months online access to our accredited course
  • Full tutor support via phone and email while you study
  • Online Project Fundamentals examination via web proctor
  • Mock exam revision tool

Duration of access

12 months online access to our accredited course

Exam information

Exam format

The Project Fundamentals exam is taken online via web proctor.

Course videos

Welcome to ILX Group video links

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What have others said about this course?


Excellent service provided by your polite, friendly and knowledgeable staff. 5* From my first visit to your website I had a lot of questions and no matter how many I asked or into how much detail I dared to go none of this was any trouble at all. I was a tad apprehensive upon purchase of this course as I had never done something like this before however after a few lessons I was soon put at ease and I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this course and am looking forward to branching out and developing onto the PRINCE2 Foundation and all being well, PRINCE2 Practitioner. The exam was straightforward and there were technicians on hand to sort out any potential IT problems. I did experience an issue with my microphone which meant that it stopped working but within a short time the issue was resolved and I was on my way. Special commendations to Suzanne Bailey who I have spoken to since day 1 and has always been more than happy to help me with any questions that I have had and has been very nice to deal with.