Practitioner Qualification

What is the Practitioner Qualification?

The Practitioner Qualification ( IPMA Level C) based on a residential assessment and is recognised nationally and internationally through our association with the IPMA (International Project Management Association).

Who is the Practitioner Qualification for?

The Practitioner Qualification is for relatively experienced professionals (project management practitioners) who can demonstrate an ability to manage a non-complex project. You should typically have at least 3 years experience and hold either the APMP qualification or demonstrate a good understanding of the APM Body of Knowledge with relevant Continuing Professional Development.

What is assessed?

You will be assessed against 30 criteria and need to demonstrate that you can:

  • Understand project context and the overall business case;
  • Effectively apply project management planning;
  • Apply a risk management process competently to the project;
  • Optimise project plans to respond to a major change;
  • Monitor project progress and take suitable controlling action;
  • Plan and conduct a suitable post project evaluation review;
  • Work effectively as a team member.

How is it assessed?

Qualification is achieved through a residential assessment focussing on: 

  • Individual work: You will be expected to answer written questions based on a case study and answer a question regarding current issues in project management.
  • Group work: Working in groups you will be observed discussing and solving problems related to the case study.
  • Interview: Candidates will be interviewed by their assessors.

Full details can be found in the PQ candidate guidance notes.

How can I prepare for the Practitioner Qualification?

There are 2 day preparation workshops available from our Accredited Training Providers which will provide information on pre-requisites and allow delegates to participate in activities similar to those by which they will be assessed.

Will I become a member after taking the Practitioner Qualification?

Those with the APM Practitioner Qualification (PQ) are eligible to become full members of APM. Existing Associate members will be automatically upgraded to Full members, allowing them to use the post-nominals 'MAPM' after their name. Non-members who pass the PQ are eligible to apply for Full membership without further assessment.

How can I study for this qualification?

The Practitioner Qualification is available through our Accredited Training Providers. There is no specific programme of study as it is based upon performance during the assessment. Preparation workshops are available through our Accredited Training Providers.

How much does it cost?

Please contact an accredited training provider for fees.

PQ Events

– 9 September 2015 - Reading - Provek 
6 8 October 2015 - Preston - Genersol
11 November 2015 - London - 20|20
11 November 2015 - Reading - Provek
18  – 20 November 2015 - Aberdeen - 20|20
– 9 December 2015 - Manchester -  20|20
14th – 16th December 2015 - Oxford - QA

26 February 2016 - Pre-Assessment workshop - Aberdeen -  20|20
21st – 23rd March 2016 - Oxford - QA
4 -6 April 2016 - Aberdeen -  20|20

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