Fundamentals of Project Management - FPM-3

This entry-level course provides a comprehensive overview of project management that focuses on key success factors, decisions and consequences. Relevant for any project in any area of business, the course covers the pragmatic skills and techniques necessary for effective project delivery.

As more and more business critical initiatives are being planned and executed as projects, it is essential that organisations are fully equipped with the skills, tools, working practices, processes and mind-sets such that projects can be clearly defined, realistically planned and effectively managed.

By the end of this learning, delegates will have the skills to:

  • Identify and select the necessary tools, best practice techniques and control mechanisms to manage a project
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the phases of a project life cycle and design a project management team
Please Note: The exam is not included in this course. Delegates wishing to undertake the exam should also book on course code FPMEX-3. Details on the exam are provided in the Course Outline section below.


Understand project management and the operating environment

  • definition - project, project management
  • key purpose of project management
  • definition - programme management and portfolio management
  • relationship of programme management and portfolio management to project management
  • differences between project and business as usual
  • benefits of effective project management
  • project environment
  • PESTLE as a tool

Understand the project lifecycle

  • definition
  • phases
  • reasons for structuring projects into phases
  • handover and closure

Understand the management structure by which projects operate

  • roles and responsibilities of:
  • project manager
  • project sponsor
  • project steering group/board
  • project team members
  • PMO
  • end user

Project management planning

  • project management plan - purpose of, benefits
  • ownership and approval of project management plan
  • purpose of a business case
  • role of the sponsor and project manager in relation to the business case
  • purpose of benefits management
  • use of KPIs
  • stakeholder management, stakeholder analysis
  • estimating & estimating funnel
  • project success criteria
  • success factors
  • project reporting

Project scope management

  • definition scope management
  • product Breakdown Structure {PBS}, Work Breakdown Structure {WBS}
  • definitions configuration
  • definition change control
  • links between configuration and change control
  • change control process
  • configuration management process

Scheduling and resource management

  • total float, critical path, Gantt chart, baseline, milestone
  • definition- resource management
  • types of resources
  • resource smoothing/resource levelling
  • procurement

Risk management and issue management

  • definition - project risk and risk management
  • project risk management process
  • use of risk register
  • definition- issue and issue management
  • use of issue log
  • escalation process

Project quality management

  • definition - quality and quality management
  • definition - quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, continual improvement
  • differences between quality assurance and quality control
  • project reviews - gate post, benefit, peer reviews

Communication in the project environment

  • definition - communication
  • methods of communication
  • barriers to communication
  • effective communication
  • communication plan

Principles of leadership and teamwork

  • definition - leadership
  • role of project team leader
  • definition - project team
  • teamwork models

Case Study
A realistic project scenario is used as a case study during the course. This allows delegates to consolidate their knowledge of the key topics discussed, in a practical setting through syndicate work

APMIC Examination

Delegates who wish to sit the APM Introductory examination need to be book on code FMEX-3 separately. The exam consists of:

  • 60 multiple choice questions 1 hour
  • Closed-book
  • Candidates require a minimum of 36 correct answers (60%) to pass

By successfully passing the Introductory Certificate examination candidates can choose to further develop their knowledge and understanding by attending the APMP course.

Delegates who do book on this exam must must bring photographic identification with them on the exam day (passport, driving license or student card) as it is an examination requirement to present it to the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification may result in a candidate not being able to sit the exams. 

  • £ 1,645

    Guide Price Per Delegate

  • Dates & Locations Available

  • Birmingham

Course Information

  • This course is intended for those looking for an understanding of project management. No prior knowledge required for this certificate.
  • This course is most likely to suit people who are not directly involved in Project Management but who wish to understand the project management processes and key terms. It would however also serve project managers who wish to gain Introductory Certification as a pre-cursor to more advanced certification such as APMP.

Please note: You must bring signed photo ID with you on exam days (passport, driving licence, student card) as you will be asked to produce it by the invigilator prior to the exam.

  • Understand project management and the operating environment
  • Understand the project lifecycle
  • Understand the management structure by which projects operate
  • Understand project management planning
  • Understand project scope management
  • Understand scheduling and resource management
  • Understand risk management and issue management
  • Understand project quality management
  • Understand communication in the project environment
  • Understand principles of leadership and teamwork

The course is intensive and therefore delegates are also advised to undertake some revision work in the evening to prepare for the Introductory Certificate examination that will be taken at the end of the course. The additional work required during evenings will consist of consolidation reading and mock examination questions.

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