APM qualification information

APM qualifications are an essential part of the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism and are designed to meet your needs throughout your career. Benefits of choosing the APM qualifications are:

Incorporating a mix of tools, techniques, processes and skills they offer a progressive structure that demonstrates your project management achievements.

They demonstrate to your employer, clients and suppliers that you are a skilled and committed project professional. Through their alignment with IPMA’s 4 level Certification Programme they also provide recognition throughout the world.

Candidates who pass the APMP, Practitioner Qualification or CPM qualifications are entitled to register their details on the International Project Management Association (IPMA) website at Level B, C or D (according to the qualification held).  If you would like your details to be posted on the site you should contact the qualifications team. The fee for IPMA registration is £23.00 (APMP) or £38.00 (Practitioner) or £55.00 (Certificated Project Manager), which is payable to APM.

From April 1st 2014 the fee for IPMA registration will be £24 (APMP) or £39 (Practitioner) which is payable to APM.

Search a register of Individuals who have been been certified in IPMA’s Four Level Certification system.

APM qualifications are developed using the APM Body of Knowledge, using well-established project management knowledge.

APM Qualifications and the Body of Knowledge 6th edition
Following the launch of the APM Body of Knowledge, 6th edition and its supporting website on the 8th August 2012, the next phase of the APM Body of Knowledge refresh programme, specifically related to current APM qualifications, is well underway.

APM qualifications are being reviewed to update and align them with the APM Body of Knowledge, 6th edition. So far, the Introductory Certificate (The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification) and the APMP (The APM Project Management Qualification) have been refreshed and aligned and are now available.  

Timetables of further activity, including the introduction of brand new APM qualifications, are below.

Existing APM qualifications continue to use the APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition as the primary reference source, which will remain available via APM publishing until the qualifications have been fully refreshed.

If you have any queries relating to APM qualifications, please contact us.

High level timetable: Refresh and design of IPMA Level C-A qualifications

Consultation and development of IPMA Levels C-ACompleted
New assessment criteria issued30th June 2014
First date for registration of candidates for new levels C-A5th January 2015
Final assessment centres for PQ completed by30th September 2015

High level timetable: Refresh of APM Introductory Certificate and APMP

Consultation and refresh of the IC and APMPCompleted
New syllabus issuedCompleted
First exams available against the new syllabus30th April 2014
(Recommended) final date for registration of candidates against v5 syllabusSeptember 2014
Final exams taken against v5 syllabusDecember 2014

(January 2014)

APM Accredited Training Providers offer you the best training and development support throughout your career, and specifically to help you achieve APM qualifications.

APM membership
Qualifications offer routes into APM membership. Automatic eligibility for Full Membership those obtaining the APM Practitioner Qualification (IPMA Level C) and discounted membership for those taking the Introductory Certificate (The APM Project Fundamentals Qualification) and APMP (The APM Project Management Qualification).

APM Registered Project Professional (RPP)
APM qualifications are recognised as satisfying some of the requirements for APM Registered Project Professional. APM recognises these achievements as evidence of knowledge, CPD or competence, depending on the particular qualification. For more information on APM's pan-sector standard please visit the APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) webpage.

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APM Qualifications and the Body of Knowledge 6th edition