Welcome to the APM Body of Knowledge online

APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, has created a unique digital resource that allows users to explore areas essential in the management of projects, programmes and portfolios. It is structured around four main sections and includes definitions of the core terms and techniques.

APM Body of Knowledge online is the result of a collaborative project involving over 1,000 practitioners and specialists from across all sectors, and is designed to assist all those using project management in their work or studies.

The APM Body of Knowledge forms the basis of APM’s qualifications, accreditation, research and publications. It defines the boundaries of project, programme and portfolio management, and the functions undertaken as part of these endeavours. View the glossary of terms.

BoK 7 Consultation Report

The consultation for the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition concluded on 20 April 2018. 

We asked the whole profession to comment on the proposed structure, which comprised three chapters, 12 sections and 69 topics. The structure was submitted as a working draft and is
subject to further feedback and development.

The results from the consultation are shared in this report, together with the thoughts of APM Body of Knowledge editor Dr Ruth Murray-Webster.

Read more about the BoK 7 project


The context of a project, programme or portfolio is made up of two areas, 'Governance' and 'Setting'.

Find out more about Context


The people involved in the delivery of projects and programmes and portfolios will have a major impact on the success or otherwise of the undertaking. This section is split into two areas 'Skills' and 'Professionalism'.

 Find out more about Professionalism


This area is about the delivery of the portfolio, programme or project itself. Six sections deal with the fundamental components of every P3 undertaking.

Find out more about Delivery 


There are many areas where P3 management overlaps with general management. Project, programme and portfolio managers need to have an understanding of how disciplines such as law, accounting and HR management impact upon their work.

Find out more about Interfaces

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