APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

  • 35 hours, plus exam
  • 5 days
  • 10 June 2019


APM accredited

This five-day short course will give you an effective grounding in project management. It's run by UCL's Centre for Systems Engineering and is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).

The course is aimed at anyone who's worked in project management for up to two years, or whose role has expanded to include project management responsibilities.

You'll take a three-hour exam approximately ten days after the course and will receive the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) on successful completion.

To prepare fully for the exam you should consider registering for the optional additional revision session on the morning of the exam. There's an additional fee for this.

The course runs over five consecutive days. You can also take the course more flexibly over a longer period of time. Email for more information.

What is the APM PMQ?

The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (IPMA Level D) is an internationally recognised knowledge-based foundation-level qualification. It will enable you to work on a wide range of projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects.

The course is based on the APM's Body of Knowledge (APM BoK) and is suitable for projects in any industry or the public sector.

The APM PMQ assesses your breadth of knowledge in all areas of project management, from strategic and commercial implications, to the technical, organisational, and people management skills required to participate effectively within a project team.

Who this course is for

The APM PMQ qualification is suitable for any of the following:

  • project managers and aspiring project managers who want to demonstrate their knowledge of project management at foundation level
  • those in the early stages of their project career
  • more experienced project managers who want to gain a formal qualification in project management

There are no formal entry requirements but the course is aimed at those who have two years' project management experience.

Complimentary prior learning is recognised for PRINCE2® registered practitioners through a reduced (2-hour) APM PMQ exam.

Language requirements

We recommend that anyone taking this course has at least a Standard level of English (IELTS 6.5 or CEFR B2/C1). You’ll have to deal with a wide vocabulary and both formal and informal discussion. This will require listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The PMQ exam is an unseen written test, requiring proficiency in reading and writing.

If you have a degree or have worked in a majority English speaking country for at least two years you shouldn’t have difficulties.

If you don't have this level of English, you won’t be refused a place, but you may find the course and the exam more challenging. You should look at the PMQ sample materials (pdf) before enrolling and, if in doubt, talk to a member of our course team.

Course content

During the course you'll study the following topics:

  • Project management in context
  • Planning and strategy
  • Executing the strategy
  • Project management techniques
  • Business and commercial
  • Organisation and governance
  • Managing people

There will also be a course review and exam preparation.


Further details of what each module will cover:

Managing the team
Project completion
Course completion

Optional exam preparation session

You can choose to do a post-revision exam preparation session - this is a three-hour session on the morning of the APM PMQ exam.

You'll get advice on APM exam technique and will have a chance to test your knowledge with practice questions under exam conditions, receiving individual feedback and guidance.

Cost and concessions

The standard course fee is £2,195. This includes the exam fee. VAT is not charged on the course.

A discounted rate of £1,955 is available for:

  • UCL alumni
  • third and public sector organisations

If you're a current UCL staff member or student, the fee is £1,495. Contact the course administrator ( for details.

Revision session

The fee for the optional revision session is £285.

A discounted rate of £175 is available for UCL staff, students and alumni and third and public sector organisations.


You can pay by credit card via the online store or over the phone. UCL staff can pay by inter-departmental transfer.

We regret that we can't accept payment by invoice.

Course dates

The course runs over five days (Monday to Friday) on a regular basis - approximately every six to eight weeks.

The three-hour exam is around ten days after the end of the course. A two-hour paper is available for PRINCE2® registered practitioners.

The start and exam dates for this course are:

  • 10 June 2019, exam on 28 June

There is also the option to take this course more flexibly over a longer period of time. Email for more information.

When booking, please read the terms and conditions on the ‘More Info’ tab of the online store before completing your booking. 

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Course information last modified: 27 Feb 2019, 10:59