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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) (SCQF Level 6) ( (formerly known as the APM Introductory Certificate). This qualification is awarded by the Association for Project Management, (APM) the chartered body for the project profession. The course is for people who want skills in project management that could be applied in business or other environments. It is for those wishing to gain a broad understanding of the principles of the profession. It has been developed with materials that are of particular use and relevance to people who work or are involved in the community and voluntary sector although the knowledge gained is applicable to any sector. Final assessment is by a short multiple choice online exam. The course syllabus details are available on the APM website Students may wish to take the Project Management Starter course detailed above, prior to the PFQ. To complement it they may also wish to enrol on a project management software course, MS Project. Please click here to complete a short assessment form and email it to us:

Please click here to complete a short assessment form and email it to us:
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The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed in in advance of your first class. Classes will involve some self study and information being sent to you via email or Moodle.

Who is this course for

This online course is for people who wish to take the first step in learning Project Management. It gives an understanding of the basic philosophy of Project Management and offers an internationally recognised qualification. Students may wish to take the short Project Management Starter course as a preliminary to this course and the Introduction to MS Project computing course afterwards. The content and delivery of this course at the Mary Ward Centre is aimed at people working in Civil Society Organisations but the knowledge and skills gained are transferable.

What does this course cover

Course covers the learning objectives detailed in the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification Syllabus that is available on the APM website Assessment covers the principles of Project Management including: Planning and Scheduling, Communications, Quality Management, Teamwork, Resource Management, Risk Management, Handover and Closeout, Understand the Language of Project Management., How a Successful Project is Built, How to be an Effective Member of a Project Management Team.

What will it be like

Demonstration, exposition and discussion. One-to-one and group work. Through tutor-guidance and the completion of the short online multiple choice examination (held at Queen Square) to gain an internationally recognised certificate. There will be tests, exercises and reflections during the course and a mock exam prior to the exam

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
. Students might find a flash drive useful. Reading list is available for pre-reading and for consolidating knowledge. It would be an advantage to make a prior purchase of the APM Body of Knowledge or APM Fundamentals Qualification Study Guide available from the Publishing section on
Students will be expected to go over the areas taught at home. Reading list available from tutors.

What this course could lead to

Membership of the Association for Project Management. Microsoft Project course at the Mary Ward Centre and progress to the next level of Project Management by taking the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) formerly known as APMP qualification at UCL Business Centre.
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Further Study with Mary Ward Centre.
Advice will be given by your tutor and you can visit or regular Advice and Guidance sessions for an assessment at Mary Ward Centre and Blackfriars Settlement.

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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