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.

APM Body of Knowledge, 7th edition

The APM Body of Knowledge is a foundational resource, providing the concepts, functions and activities that make up professional project management. Written by the profession for the profession it offers the key to successful project management.

After consultations with the whole profession to comment on the proposed structure, which comprised four chapters, 12 sections and 80 topics, the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition is available. 

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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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