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APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (formerly known as the APMP)

The achievement of the Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (SCQF Level 7 in the UK) is an excellent way to demonstrate an understanding of all elements of project management.

Candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how these elements interact and how their project fits into their strategic and commercial environment. PMQ is an internationally recognised qualification, which can be carried from one job to another, or from one industry to another.

Delivered by fully accredited trainers with extensive experience of applying the APM approach, the course ensures that you gain sufficient understanding to be confident in the practical application of project management as an informed team member.


The course follows the syllabus provided by APM, which is built around the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition. It provides delegates with a broad understanding of the underpinning tools, techniques and principles that are fundamental to successful project delivery.


Target Audience

The APM Project Management Qualification is aimed at those wishing to achieve a broad level of project management knowledge sufficient to participate in projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects. Applicants typically have some pre-existing project management knowledge, and it is the ideal next step for anyone holding the APM Project Fundamentals (PFQ) qualification.



This highly interactive course covers the content of the PMQ syllabus which is based on the APM Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition. The framework and tools that are covered provide a solid foundation for the successful delivery of a project, irrespective of industry sector.

Delegates will explore these tools through a number of facilitated individual and group-based exercises, providing ample opportunity for sharing experience and learning throughout the class.

In addition to the classroom sessions listed below, delegates will also be assigned evening work to help reinforce learning and prepare for the examination. The evening work is a key part of the course and may take approximately two hours to complete although some delegates may choose to extend this time. Typically this evening work is preparing for the examination by working through old exam questions.



At the end of this course you will understand:

  • how organisations and projects are structured
  • the project life cycles
  • contexts and environments in which projects can be delivered
  • governance of project management and the use of structured methodologies
  • communication within project management
  • principles of leadership and teamwork
  • planning for success
  • project scope management
  • schedule and resource management
  • project procurement
  • risk management and issue management
  • project quality management

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Context and Governance

o   The governance and setting of a project will heavily influence how it is managed. This section will cover topics such as:

o   The difference between project and operational work

o   Programme and portfolio management

o   Project team roles

o   The governance of a project across its life cycle

Concept Phase

o   It is essential that the need for a project is identified and understood before its viability can then be judged. This may involve:

o   Identifying and managing stakeholders

o   Creating a business case

o   Assessing project success and benefits

o   Procuring resources and contract management

Definition Phase

o   The definition phase is often where the project manager is most heavily involved and we look at a structured approach for planning the project - both in terms of what needs to be done and also how it will be done.

o   Requirements and scope management

o   Schedule and resource management

o   Budgeting and cost management

Development Phase

o   Putting the plan into action will require the project manager to undertake many of the following actions.

o   Project control, including cost control through earned value management

o   Manage information and reports

o   Risk and issue management

o   Health and safety

o   Quality management

o   Change control and configuration management

Managing the Team

o   No project is successful without an engaged and committed team. This requires the project manager to utilise a number of interpersonal skills.

o   Communication

o   Conflict management

o   Build and lead the team

Project Handover and Closure

o   Formal closure of a project will help ensure that the deliverables are handed over in a structured manner and that the team and the organisation has reviewed and learned from the performance on the project.

o   Project handover

o   Project reviews

o   Communication

o   Leadership and teamwork


 Key Examination Information

Key exam information:

  • Typically on the last day of the course
  • 3 hours' duration
  • Closed-book
  • 10 essay-based questions to be answered from a total of 16 questions; each answer is worth 50 marks
  • Candidates are required to achieve a minimum of 275 marks out of 500 (55%) to pass

Please note: Delegates must bring photographic identification with them and present this to the invigilator on the exam day (e.g. passport, driving license, company secure access card, student card). Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification may result in a candidate being unable to sit the exam.


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