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APM Project Fundamentals Qualification

The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification is often a starting point for entering the project management profession.

An APM PFQ course is designed for students in the early stages of a project manager career or for members of a project team.

The 1-hour APM PFQ exam tests your understanding of the principles of the project management profession and is included in the course.

Accreditation Accreditation: APM (Association For Project Management)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
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APM Project Management Qualification

The APM Project Management Qualification is the ‘management’ qualification and is designed for practising project managers wanting to develop their project manager career.

The APM PMQ qualification shows you have a broad level of project management knowledge sufficient to participate in projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects.

Typically, students who gain the APM PMQ qualification already have some pre-existing project management knowledge and experience, although this isn’t mandatory.

Accreditation Accreditation: APM (Association For Project Management)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
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APM (Association for Project Management)

The UK-based Association for Project Management (APM) is the chartered body for the project profession. It is the best-known project management association in the UK and is an educational charity.

In 2017 the Association received a Royal Charter and became known as the chartered body for the project profession.

APM qualifications

APM qualifications help you develop your career in project management by equipping you with a broad range of skills. They are also an excellent way to prove your experience and knowledge to employers.

Unlike qualifications such as PRINCE2, you won’t just learn a project management framework. You’ll also learn how to be an effective leader, how to communicate correctly and how to work in a team.

APM qualifications are highly respected in the UK. Many different industries use guidance from the APM Body of Knowledge to manage projects. However, you’ll find APM qualifications are especially popular in these industries and sectors:

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Oil and gas
  • Government
  • Defence
  • Transport.

APM Competence Framework

APM qualifications align to the APM Competence Framework. The framework sets out the competences required for effective project, programme, portfolio management and project management office (PMO).

There are 27 competences in the framework. These are based around outcomes that project professionals need to achieve. Each competence includes criteria which cover both knowledge and its application.

It also includes a simple Ratings Scale for assessing performance against the application and knowledge criteria (aware, practiced, competent, proficient and expert).

Why use the APM Competence Framework?

The APM Competence Framework is a useful tool for individuals, teams and managers seeking answers questions such as these:

  • What should I be able to do in my new role?
  • How can I further my career and get to the next stage?
  • How can we be sure that we select the right person for the job?
  • What can I do to make sure that quality standards are maintained within my team?
  • What learning and development do I need to provide for my staff?

Who benefits from the APM Competence Framework?

The APM Competence Framework is a benefit to individuals and organisations within the project, programme, portfolio management and PMO profession. It is applicable across all sectors, projects and organisations regardless of size, complexity and geographical location.

How to use the APM Competence Framework

The APM Competence Framework acts as a tool to assess and improve performance. Individuals can use the framework to review their own performance. Organisations can also use it to assess the performance of their project, programme, portfolio management and project management office (PMO) staff.

These five steps are:

  1. Create role profile
  2. Rate performance against each competence
  3. Identify evidence to justify the scores
  4. Interpret the results
  5. Apply lessons to improve performance.

Competence Framework role profiles

APM provides example Role Profiles which help you focus on the competences most relevant to your situation.

These examples demonstrate how role profiles can be developed according to the specific needs of individuals, teams and employers.

Many of the Role Profiles share several common competences. This can be useful when identifying learning and development opportunities.

Role profiles include:

  • Project Manager
  • Programme Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • PMO.