Project Fundamentals Qualification

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification introduces the main project management terminology tools & techniques and is for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession.

The principle course content comprises the APM Project Fundamentals syllabus, which deals with generic project managenment topics, in order to prepare delegates for the PFQ exam.   However the HATC/M3 course also takes examples from the affordable housing development sector to help delegates utilizes these in there everyday work to improve their project management skills.


The course helps delegates to control their schemes more effectively, and introduces tools that help deal with typical day-to-day problems and issues faced by Development & Regeneration staff. It is the first step towards a professional qualification.

The Association for Project Management’s (APM) Project Fundamentals Qualification (previously called the Introductory Certificate in Project Management) is designed to enable successful candidates to understand the language of project management and the structure of a successful project. After attending the course, delegates will be able to take an active part in a project team and make a positive contribution to any project environment.

This course is suitable for:

  1. Development / regeneration / asset management staff involved in delivering projects who have not had training in formal project management
  2. Senior executives and Board members who want an overview of project management, to better understand good practice
  3. Housing Management, Lettings, Sales, Maintenance or Community Regeneration staff who contribute to the development of new housing scheme or have to deliver other projects (such as a review of void management processes, establishing an effective Resident Panel, re-tendering Term Contracts etc)
  4. Anyone intending to progress to the professionally-recognised Project Management Qualification

Course Plan

The course is structured to meet the Project Fundamentals Qualification syllabus. It will cover the principles of project management, including:

  1. Risk management
  2. Quality Management
  3. Planning and scheduling
  4. Resource management
  5. Handover
  6. Gateway & Project Reviews
  7. Communications
  8. Team work

At the end of the course you will be assessed for the Project Fundamentals Qualification. This is a one hour, multiple-choice, exam with 60 questions which is taken  at home, online and supervised by the APM.


Duration: 2 days

This is a classroom-based course. It concludes with a one hour, 60 question, multiple-choice exam which is set, invigilated and marked by the APM.

Suggested preparation

Joining instructions are sent to delegates approximately 4 weeks before the course start date. Delegates should read the study guide at least once and complete the short answer questions before the course, c. 14 hours of precourse study is required. 

All trainees will be provided with:

  1. One copy of the APM’s Study Guide for the course
  2. A comprehensive handout in electronic format

Entry Requirements

This course does not require any prior knowledge or experience of project management. The qualification is designed for anyone looking to start a successful career in project management, and for those wanting to understand the principles of project management excellence.


On successful completion of this course you will be provided with an APM certificate.


16 – 17 July 2024


11 Portland Street | Manchester | M1 3HU

£1,000 +VAT (per delegate)
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