FAQs about the PFQ

What is the Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)?

It used to be called the Introductory Certificate in Project Management, which is a good description of the course.

The PFQ is the first step in the APM’s programme of qualifications.  It is an essential starting point for inexperienced or experienced project members wishing to pursue a career in project management.  The subjects covered provide a sound basis for moving to the next qualification – the Project Management Qualification (PMQ), which was previously known as the APMP. Having the PMQ qualification confers professional status.

What will I gain from the PFQ?

Successful candidates will understand the language of project management and the structure of a successful project.  They will be able to communicate more effectively,  participate in project team activities and make a positive contribution to the project.   It also provides an entry route into APM membership (free registration if within six weeks of exam), and access to the latest project management best practices and new developments.

What will my company gain from the PFQ?

Companies are seeking high standards in project management and need confirmation that individuals working in project management have appropriate knowledge and experience.  In addition the PFQ enables the project management community to develop common terminology and methods that support team working and integration internally and externally.

Who is the PFQ for?

Anyone looking to start a successful career in project management or those wanting to improve their understanding of the principles of project management excellence.

It is of most use New Business staff (as well as Delivery staff), as a project’s success or failure is usually determined by how well it is set up in the early days of it’s life.

What qualifications and experience do I need to take the PFQ exam?

There are no pre-requisites for the PFQ qualification.  The exam is normally taken after a two day training course.

What is the exam format and pass mark?

The exam is based on sixty multiple choice questions answered within one hour.  The pass mark is 60%.

When can I take the exam? 

The normal time is at 15.00 on the second day of the training course.

What do I need to do to prepare for the exam?

We strongly recommend that delegates read the Study Guide in advance of attending the course – preferably two or three times.  This course is significantly more intensive than typical training courses, and the greater the preparation, the greater the chance of success in the exam.

We provide you with your copy of the Study Guide about one month before the course begins.

What subjects are covered by the training course and qualifications?

Most subjects in the APM’s Body of Knowledge 6th Edition are covered.

How does the training course prepare me for the exam?

The training course includes interactive presentations, exercises and practice exam questions.  Exam practice questions are taken subject by subject after training sessions followed by short tutorials.  This helps reinforce learning and preparation for the exam.

Is there any specific guidance for the examination?

Some information is provided in the course material and will be provided at the beginning of the course.