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APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

The dynamic nature of today’s projects highlights the need for proactive management of people, strategy and approach, combined with sound commercial and project management techniques. This internationally-recognized knowledge-based qualification enables you to demonstrate the breadth of skills required to successfully manage a project

30 hrs Formal CPD
£252 + VAT


The Project Management Qualification (PMQ) course builds on the fundamentals established in more foundation project management courses, to prepare you for attaining an internationally recognised qualification (IPMA Level D, SCQF Level 7). It is designed to allow you to demonstrate understanding of all elements of project management, from how the elements interact to how your project fits into your strategic and commercial environment.

Refine your project management skills by applying recognised best practice approaches, and further your career by successfully deploying the key techniques and management strategies to your projects.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for individuals from both the public and private sector, working in the management of projects, ranging from individual assignments through to those working on large capital or change projects.

Are there any pre-requisites?

It is recommended that those wishing to undertake the course have a minimum of two years’ relevant practical experience of project management. Typically, we would expect you to have some pre-existing project management knowledge – ideally, although not required, through the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ).

Learning outcomes

  • Outline how organisations and projects are structured
  • Analyse project life cycles
  • Recognise the contexts and environments in which projects can be delivered
  • Practice governance of project management and the use of structured methodologies
  • Enhance communication within project management
  • Demonstrate the principles of leadership and teamwork
  • Understand planning for success
  • Employ project scope management
  • Determine schedule and resource management
  • Administer project procurement
  • Demonstrate risk management and issue management
  • Perform project quality management


  • The syllabus is based on the APM Body of Knowledge, which encompasses all areas of project management including strategic and commercial considerations, together with the technical, organisational and people management skills required to participate effectively in project management.

    Getting going

    • Project management
    • Programme management
    • Portfolio management


    • Project life cycles
    • Project context
    • Reviews
    • The project management plan (PMP)

    People & projects

    •  Stakeholder management
    • Organisation
    • Project office
    • Teamwork
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • Conflict management
    • Roles 


    • Scope management
    • Estimating
    • Scheduling
    • Resource management
    • Earned value management
    • Budgeting and cost management 

    Stop & think

    • Requirements management
    • Project success and benefits management
    • Procurement
    • Negotiation
    • Governance of a project
    • Health, safety and environmental management
    • Quality management
    • Risk and issue management
    • The business case 

    Information management & reporting

    •  Information management and reporting

    All elements of the learning will be supported with exam-style questions and sample answers, and exercises that bring out key learning points and reinforce the learning of the core material. Supporting materials included a PMQ mock exam simulator, and additional downloadable revision and self-assessment tools to ensure you are prepared to sit the examination

End of Course assessment

End of Course assessment

On completing all parts of the course, you will receive an RICS Certificate of Completion.

If you are seeking the formal qualification: On completing the course you will be required to apply for the exam directly with the APM Group. On passing the exam you will receive the formal APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ). The format of this closed book written exam requires candidates to answer 10 out of 16 questions within 3 hours. A score of 55% or higher is required to pass. Please note that the exam must be taken within 12 months of purchase of this course.

£252 + VAT