APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

Project Management / APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • Accredited by APM and supplied by the ILX Group
  • Expert tutor support
  • Exam-style questions with all elements
  • Increase earning potential by 22%
  • Exam simulator and revision modules


Formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate (IC), the Project Fundamental Qualification (PFQ) is a qualification that offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology. PMF is owned by the Association of Project Management (APM), a chartered body for the project management profession, and is aligned with the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework at level 6.

This accredited online training course is perfect for professionals who wish to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession, and for those with no prior knowledge or experience in project management.

The syllabus of this online training course assesses the key elements of the project management lifecycle and covers the knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge. This includes planning, scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.

The course was designed by leading industry experts who have extensive experience in the practical application of the APM approach in real-world scenarios. Professionals who take this course can learn to demonstrate a strong understanding of both knowledge areas and the practical application of key elements of the project management lifecycle.

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) online course on this page is offered by the ILX Group, an accredited provider of the APM.

Benefits for Individuals

Project management is a rewarding career path that offers valuable opportunities for professionals across different industries and sectors. Effective project management is fundamental for organizations seeking to achieve short and long term goals, and the key to success is having the ability to work towards specific goals within tight constraints.

To embark on a career in project management, professionals often require a good qualification that verifies their knowledge of project management principles and theories. The syllabus of this online training course offers individuals strong knowledge of the fundamental principles of project management, familiarizing them with key terminology and a well-informed approach. With no prerequisites, the PFQ certification course can also provide an excellent introduction for anyone who is new to project management.

Benefits for Organizations

Training project environment staff in APM PFQ can help organizations standardize and rapidly increase efficiency and morale.  

Course Outline

  • Course Introduction
  • Basic Concepts
  • The Project Management Center
  • Organizing a Project
  • Planning a Project
  • Scheduling a Project
  • Estimating
  • Managing Resources
  • Controlling a Project
  • Managing Scope
  • Managing Communication
  • Managing Risk
  • Managing Quality
  • Managing Change
  • Managing Procurement
  • Managing People
  • Closing Down a Project
  • Exam Technique and Simulator


The course is equipped to offer professionals the knowledge they require to pass the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) examination. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The Project Fundamentals exam is taken online via a web proctor.

  • 60 minutes
  • 60 compulsory multiple-choice questions
    • No deductions are made for incorrect marks
    • Each correct answer scores one mark
  • Candidates must score at least 60% (36/60) to pass the examination
  • Additional time of 15 minutes is available for candidates with dyslexia or other specific medical requirements

Please take time to read and understand the exam guidance notes outlined by APM. When ready, please contact our support team on training.support@orbussoftware.com to book and take your examination online.

  • 12 months’ access from the date of purchase to complete your training
  • 25+ hours of online training content
  • Exam voucher
  • Interactive and engaging videos
  • Study schedule
  • On/off tracker
  • Searchable microlearning units and modules
  • Accessible through multiple devices
  • Offline player for studying on the move
  • Access to Orbus Learning Ecosystem
    • Detailed personal performance reports
    • Community for business and IT professionals
    • Resource Centre (articles, case studies, white papers, etc.)
    • Support Suite
  • Tutor support

What is PFQ?

Project Fundamental Qualification (PFQ) is a qualification that offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology

Who owns PFQ?

PFQ is owned by the Association of Project Management (APM), a chartered body for the project management profession.  

Is this APM PFQ online training course accredited?

Yes, the Project Fundamentals Qualification (PMQ) is accredited by APM and delivered by Orbus’ training partner, ILX Group.

What are the prerequisites for this course?

There are no formal prerequisites for this course.

What is the duration of this course?

This course provides over 12 hours’ worth of training materials. This includes learning modules, module-level assessments, revision modules, practice exams and additional reference materials that can help you with your exam preparation.

What is the duration of course access?

Learners get 12 months of access from the date of purchase.

How long is the exam voucher valid for?

Learners get 12 months from the date of purchase to book and complete their examination.

Does the course include a manual?

The course does not include a manual. However, we recommend having a copy of the APM PFQ Study Guide to complement your training.

What is an exam simulator?

The purpose of the exam simulator is to provide learners with a simulated environment for taking mock examinations before attempting the final certification exam.

What is a revision module?

The revision module provides learners with a summary of the key topics covered within the course. The module also includes tips and guides that can help learners with their exam preparation.

How does the on/off tracker work?

The online tracker provides an ideal time duration to complete the course and alerts users when they go off-track. Note, the tracker is purely a ‘nice to have’ feature that works on a recommended timeframe and does not hold any impact on the duration of access.

Which Learning Management System (LMS) is used?

Docebo is the LMS that is integrated into the Orbus Learning Ecosystem.

What are the minimum system and browser requirements?

Click here to view the latest system and browser requirements to efficiently run this course.

How can I get help?

For tutor, technical and administrative queries please contact us at training.support@orbussoftware.com.

This course is delivered by Good e-Learning who are the accredited training provider.

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Key Features

  • Duration of access: 12 months

  • Training hours: 12+ hours

  • Accredited by: APM

  • Training supplied by: ILX Group

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