APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

  • 35 hours, plus exam
  • 5 days
  • 11 June 2018


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 usually runs over five consecutive days, but 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.

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.

Find a full list of course modules at the bottom of this page.

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 £1,975. This includes the exam fee. VAT is not charged on the course.

A discounted rate of £1,755 is available for:

  • UCL alumni
  • multiple bookings
  • charities/ not for profit organisations

A further discount is available if you meet more than one of these criteria, and for UCL staff. Contact the course administrator ( for details.

Revision session

The fee for the optional revision session is £285.

A discounted rate of £175 may be available - contact the course administrator for details.

Pay by invoice

You can pay by invoice. Please contact the course administrator if you want to arrange this. (Alternatively, use the 'Book now' button to pay by credit card.)

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 course will next run:

  • 11 to 15 June 2018 (exam: 2 July)
  • 10 to 14 September 2018 (exam: 28 September)
  • 15 to 19 October 2018 (exam: 2 November)
  • 19 to 23 November 2018 (exam: 7 December)

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

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  • Introduction and definitions
  • Project environment
  • Project life cycles
  • Business case


  • Requirements management
  • The project management plan
  • Organisation design
  • Work definition
  • Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Estimating and budgeting
  • Resource management
  • Risk management
  • Issue management


  • Negotiation
  • Procurement
  • Contract management
  • Cost management
  • Information management
  • Configuration management
  • Earned value management
  • Performance Measurement
  • Communication
  • Change control
  • Control and co-ordination
  • Systems and procedures
  • Quality management
  • Health, safety and environmental management

Managing the team

  • Leadership and motivation
  • Delegation
  • Team building
  • Conflict management

Project completion

  • Close out
  • Post project appraisal

Course completion

  • Review
  • Examination preparation session - post revision (optional)
  • Exam

Course information last modified: 08 May 2018, 11:45