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Project Management: Project Fundamentals Qualification

Project Fundamentals Qualification Preparation Course


Fundamentals of Project Management

The Project Fundamentals Preparation course provides entry-level training, materials and support for individuals wishing to gain a professional accreditation in project management – whether to embark on a career in the field, or to support project management responsibilities in their current role.  The course is perfect for anyone looking to build confidence in this area and acquire practical skills that will easily translate into real world situations.

The PFQ (Project Fundamentals Qualification) is an introductory qualification for individuals who are looking to improve or gain fundamental knowledge in the area of project management.  

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The qualification is awarded by the Association of Project Management (APM).  

No prior knowledge or experience in project management is necessary.

The course topics include:

  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Resource Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Reviews

The full syllabus can be found at PFQ Syllabus.indd (


Course delivery

The PMQ preparation course is delivered as a self-paced, online programme.  Participants work through the course on our dedicated virtual learning environment (VLE), which offers:

  • Recorded sessions
  • Materials for each topic which you can study at your leisure
  • “Test your knowledge” resources
  • Sample assessments
  • Delegate handbook, study guide and exam preparation tips
  • Administrative and study support from the UWS Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Individuals are also invited to join live exam preparation Q&A support classes at no extra charge.

The course requires around 15 hours of study (plus revision time).

The exam

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 Knowledgeincluding planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.

The PFQ is assessed via a 60 question multiple-choice exam. You can choose to take the exam with us at the end of the course, or equally you can choose to book your exam directly with APM at  One attempt at the exam is included in the course fee; the exam is delivered and monitored remotely.

Those who have completed this course may then qualify to move onto the Project Management Qualification (PMQ) for more experienced project managers.

How long do I have to complete the course?

You will have eight weeks to access the materials from your course start date, and arrange with us to book your exam.  Exams will be available to book from the start of July - you will be able to choose a time and date to suit you, and the exams are taken remotely in the comfort of your own home.



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates through the National Transition Training Fund.  This funding is a Scottish Government initiative to support those who have been impacted by Covid-19 and a result, have suffered one or more of the following:

- have been made redundant since March 2020

- are currently under threat of redundancy

- have graduated since March 2020 and did not enter employment

All applicants should be aged 25 or over.

If you are eligible for funding on this basis, a registration fee of £50 only is required to join the course.  If you have any questions, or would like to register your interest in accessing the fund, please contact us at 

Delegates who are not eligible for NTTF funding (i.e. are currently working, or under 25) but are still resident in Scotland may apply for a subsidy of £200 on the overall cost of the course through the UWS Upskilling Fund.  Please contact us at if you would like to access this fund.

About the Association of Project Managers (APM).

The range of qualifications developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession, offers a progressive structure for career development, from courses offering the ‘fundamentals’ of project management through to ‘management’ and ‘professional’ levels of understanding, requiring more advanced learning and assessment. 

APM qualifications offer a clear route to achieving both the Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) and the APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) standards, recognising the competence and success of project professionals. 


Project Management studies at UWS

The UWS training team deliver project management training at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and bespoke contracts to organisations, both in the UK and overseas.  For further details about our MSc Project Management please visit UWS MSc Project Management.


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