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In house training

In-house training for SMEs

Classroom, Blended Learning or Distance Learning

MSC is an APM Accredited Training Provider and can provide different types of course - traditional classroom , distance learning or blended learning (a mix of classroom and distance learning) - to achieve professional qualifications from the Association for Project Management (APM). From April 2017, APM has become the Chartered body for the project profession.

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) Classroom course

The APM PFQ classroom course is presented over two days. Four 90-minute sessions are provided on the first day; on the second day, three 90-minute sessions are followed by a short revision period and the on-line APM examination. The results are available immediately after completion of the examination.

No prior knowledge is required in order to take the course.

A Distance Learning version course of the PFQ is also available.

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Classroom course

The APM PMQ classroom course involves four days of training covering the required knowledge in the syllabus plus one-day examination workshop (to develop understanding - links between topics) plus on the sixth day the three-hour APM examination. For the MSC open courses, we run at two days per week over three weeks. This scheme is modular and may be varied to meet customer needs; the important point is to allow sufficient time for revision after the four days of training. We do not recommend shoe-horning the course and examination into one week.

APM recommends 60 hours of study for the APM PMQ. Five days of training and workshop last for 30 hours. So an additional 30 hours study is required by the delegate. This might be 6 hours prior to the training and two week-ends each of 12 hours. If delegates have not reached the standard of PFQ, then additional study is required before the PMQ course starts.

APM send the results by email to the delegates within ten weeks of sitting the examination.

Both distance learning and blended learning versions of the PMQ are also available.

Accommodation required for the course

A training room with projector/screen to which the tutor’s computer may be connected.
The APM PFQ examination requires each delegate to have a Mac/PC computer with online access.
For the APM PMQ examination each delegate needs a separate desk/table; the room should be quiet.

What is included in the MSC course?

  • A copy in paperback-bound form of the relevant MSC Study Guide; these include syllabus details and APM sample questions.
  • A paper copy in wire-bound form of all slides used in the presentations.
  • Access to video podcasts on the MSC website {PFQ (23 - about 2.5 hours) and PMQ (36 - about 6.5 hours)}; hear the tutor and see the slides.
  • Support from the Tutor both before and during the training by email or phone. This includes for PMQ evaluating sample answers written by the delegates - strongly encouraged but not compulsory. 
  • Access to the MSC Learning Management System where any additional material is stored (APM syllabuses, APM guides for candidates, APM sample papers etc).


The MSC fee for presenting an in-house course for the APM PFQ or PMQ is based on three components:

  • APM Exam Invigilation fee - £480 (PMQ) ; £0 for PFQ - done by the tutor.
  • APM Examination fee per delegate - £380 (PMQ) and £130 (PFQ). (These APM figures are valid from 1 April 2017 and are normally reviewed by APM from 1 April each year.)
  • MSC Tutor at a rate per day of training.  Additional tutor expenses include overnight accommodation where required at £70 per night and transport expenses. These tutor expenses vary with the site and the way in which the course is organised.  Please ask for a detailed quote.

VAT should be added to all figures to provide the total cost.

Problems that may occur with PMQ

The overall pass rate at APM for PMQ is about 70%. The reasons for failure may include:

  • Inadequate time available for revision.
  • Reluctance by the delegate to reveal previous problems with exams caused for example by dyslexia. APM are very good in approving assistance for any medical problem and these should be mentioned as soon as possible to the MSC office or the tutor, so that appropriate help may be provided.
  • Delegates often have many years of experience in project management and are apprehensive about taking the examination. The tutor encourages candidates to work out answers rather than rely solely on memory. The small groups enable individual attention to be provided.

The MSC pass rate for PMQ was 81% in the last available set of annual figures.