Course summary

This Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is a knowledge-based award developed and accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM), the only chartered body for the project profession. This five-day course will help you understand how the various elements of a project fit together and how projects of all sizes and scope fit into the strategic and commercial environment. Passing the exam gives you an internationally-recognised qualification and takes you one step closer to becoming a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP).

Employers throughout the world and across all types of industries now recognise the value that competent and capable project professionals can offer – reducing risk, increasing the chance of success and steering change efficiently and effectively. That's why almost half of PMQ holders earn more than £50K, according to latest salary figures.

Project Managers need a range of technical, administrative and interpersonal skills across the project lifecycle to be able to set up for success, prepare for change, manage people and behaviours, and then plan and oversee deployment.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for aspiring and existing project managers, including those who wish to demonstrate their knowledge of how the elements of project management interact, those in the early stages of their career (with three to four years of project experience) or more experienced project managers who want to gain a formal qualification in project management.

The curriculum is based on the latest (7th) edition of the APM Body of Knowledge and covers all of the project management essentials. Topics covered include: how organisations and projects are structured; project life cycles; the situational context of projects; communication within project management; the principles of leadership and teamwork; planning for success; project scope management; schedule and resource optimisation; project procurement; risk and issue management in the context of project management.

About the APM and PMQ

The Association for Project Management (APM) is the only chartered body for the project profession, with over 30,000 individual members and more than 500 organisations participating in its Corporate Partnership Programme. First formed in the UK in 1972 with the original name the Association of Project Managers, the name changed in 1996 to reflect its growing interest in the project management industry. The APM PMQ, which is often preceded by the Project Foundations Qualification (PFQ), is part of a progression linked together with the Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) to form a learning pathway for Project Managers.

What's included in the course cost?

The course cost includes lectures, lecture materials, copy of the manual, one sample examination paper and the examination.

Discounts and offers

We are now offering a 15% discount on our APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) course fee to University of Westminster alumni. Sign up now to start your new journey with us.

Course structure

The course is designed to increase your business awareness with a better understanding of the business case and your organisation's place in the market, so you can make more effective business decisions. The framework, tools and techniques will provide a solid foundation for the successful delivery of a project, irrespective of industry sector, enabling you to manage changes, analyse risks and write reports. You'll also focus on the people skills to drive delivery, gain cooperation and agreement from all stakeholders, for example, by using motivation, conflict management and communication.

On the final day, you will take the PMQ closed-book exam, a three-hour written test.

Day 1

  • Implementing strategy
  • Life cycle options and choices
  • Establishing governance and oversight

Day 2

  • Preparing for change
  • Shaping the early life cycle
  • Assurance, learning and maturity
  • Transition into use

Day 3

  • People and behaviours
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Leading teams
  • Working professionally

Day 4

  • Planning and managing deployment
  • Defining outputs
  • Integrated planning
  • Controlling deployment

Day 5

  • Exam

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for aspiring and existing project managers with a minimum of three to four years of project experience. You do not need to possess existing project management qualifications, though the PMQ is the ideal next step for anyone holding the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ). You may have studied a related discipline, such as management and engineering, and now wish to gain a recognised qualification in addition to your academic record.


The University of Westminster is an Accredited Training Provider for the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (SCQF Level 7). APM Training Providers have had their course materials assessed to meet APM standards and are permitted to deliver the APM project management qualification exams specified in their accreditation.

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Tutor information

As well as being accredited Trainers themselves, the teaching team is comprised of experienced lecturers and experts in the area of project management. One or more of the team will deliver your course and you will have access to whatever help, support and guidance you might need throughout your studies.

Learning outcomes

For you

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of project management to your company projects
  • Demonstrate the practical skills and knowledge to successfully deliver benefits to your organisation through well-managed projects
  • Explain the benefits of project management to your organisation, raising your profile and increasing your contribution
  • Enhance your career prospects as a project professional by gaining a recognised APM qualification

Professional accreditation not only helps you stand out in the competitive job market, but demonstrates to employers, clients and various stakeholders that you have the body of knowledge to confidently and capably manage projects – from individual assignments to large capital investments.

For your employer

The course will help your organisation to:

  • Ensure staff have the competence to manage any size of project
  • Improve project delivery, reduce risk and increase the likelihood of success
  • Standardise and streamline project management practices
  • Increase your reputation with clients who can be confident of proper project management on their behalf


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