Short courses


APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

  • 35 hours, plus exam
  • 5 days
  • 25 Nov 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 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.

To receive the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ), you'll need to successfully complete the exam.

To prepare for the exam you can register for the optional additional revision session.

There are additional fees for the exam and the revision session.

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.

More information about the qualification is available on the APM website.

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:

  • 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

Optional exam preparation session

You can choose to do a three-hour post-revision exam preparation session.

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 £1,760. This does not include the exam fee.

A discounted rate of £1,290 is available for:

  • UCL alumni
  • UCL staff
  • third and public sector organisations

VAT is not charged on the course.

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.


The fee for taking the exam at UCL is £435.


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 course will next run:

  • 25 to 29 November 2019

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

Revision session dates

The revision session is optional. You can book a session at the same time as booking onto a course. The revision session will next run on:

  • 25 October 2019, 1pm to 4pm
  • 24 January 2020, 1pm to 4pm

Exam dates

You can choose between three exam dates: 

  • 14 February 2020
  • 15 June 2020
  • 20 July 2020

If you cannot attend on any of these dates, contact APM for details of other exams in London.


Course information last modified: 17 Sep 2019, 13:27