APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

Formerly known as the Introductory Certificate.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for those who are:

  • New to project management or working in a project team.
  • Experienced project managers who have not taken any formal qualifications for some time (or at all) and wish to test the water and ease themselves in gradually prior to attempting the next stage in the programme which is the PMQ (formerly known as the APMP).

It provides a practical introduction into the principles and practice of project management.

Benefits of Ladymead’s PFQ

  • Enhanced potential to pass the exam
  • Highly experienced tutors
  • Flexible course structure
  • Ability to commence the course any time in advance of attendance on the workshops
  • Comprehensive course notes including our e Learning package
  • Tutor support and coaching
  • More enjoyable and deeper learning experience

Membership of the APM

Those who pass the examination are encouraged to join the APM at Associate level.

Course material and online coaching and support

Delegates are provided with a comprehensive set of notes including an e-Learning package and personal one to one coaching support via the telephone and online.


The examination is 1 hour and consists of 60 multiple choice questions. In order to pass the exam you need to achieve a mark of 60% i.e. 36 correct answers out of 60.

Unique course structure

Our Introductory Certificate is delivered on a unique modular blended learning format which combines our e-learning package with attendance on a highly practical two day workshop and concludes with the exam.

Our course is uniquely endorsed by the CIOB and provides access to associate membership of the RICS via the Project Management Pathway and a fast track route to CSCS Cards without the need to undertake expensive and time consuming NVQ’s.

Experienced Tutors

All of our tutors are highly experienced in both course delivery and practical hands on project management at senior level.

Other options

The course is also available via:

  • Distance/e-Learning
    • Study at home at your own pace with our comprehensive course notes, e-learning package and tutor support.
      When you are ready, take the exam online.
  • In-House
    • Delivered at a time, location and course format to suit your organisation
    • We will work with you to incorporate bespoke material into the course that specifically reflects and promotes your organisations core values, project management processes, tools and techniques.

Please contact us for help in choosing the best option for you.

Topics covered

Project management Estimating
Programme management Scheduling

Portfolio management

Resource management
Project life cycles Risk management
Organisation roles Procurement
Project sponsorship Quality
Projects context Change control
Business case Configuration management
Project management plan Issue management
Teamwork Communication
Leadership Info management and reporting
Stakeholder management Project reviews
Success and benefits Handover and close out

Course fees

Includes exam fees

Route 1 Full course £590 ex Vat
Route 2 Distance/e-Learning £390 ex Vat
Route 3 Corporate In-House Please contact us for a proposal