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***Updated April 2016***

The new APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) launched on the 21st April 2016.

It’s based on six individual modules; three core and three elective. Candidates need to pass all three core and one elective module to be awarded the full qualification.

Core modules

  • Professionalism and managing others
  • Planning and control
  • Governance

Elective modules

  • Project management
  • Programme management
  • Portfolio management

In advance of this launch we have made a number of key documents available to our training providers, which can be accessed below.

It is anticipated that these documents will help support any training providers who wish to develop training solutions and become accredited to offer this exciting new qualification.

The documents provided are:

  • PPQ assessment specifications document
  • PPQ accreditation specifications document
  • PPQ candidate guidance document
  • PPQ sample paper (based on the Planning and control module)
  • Syllabus, learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each of the six individual modules
  • Key features leaflet (note that the url on this leaflet has not been put live yet)

We have also produced a short accreditation webinar which can be viewed at

I trust you will find these helpful as you develop your training materials. However should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact



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  1. Michael Savage
    Michael Savage 24 September 2015, 10:29 AM

    Where can I find out more information?We will endeavour to ensure that all stakeholders remain up to date through regular website updates and a programme newsletter.Where are the regular updates and newsletter ! No info seems to come out unless it's asked for.

  2. Sophie Neal
    Sophie Neal 30 July 2015, 01:19 PM

    Hi MichaelAPM have been involved in the development of the new ICB and the new IPMA regulations and are aware of the content. The ICB and the regulations are due to be signed off in September along with agreed transition times. Once we have this detail we will be in a position to look at when we align to this new documentation. The existing Practitioner Qualification will continue to be APM’s validated IPMA Level C qualification until at least October 2016. The new qualification is being developed as a route through to RPP and is based on the APM Competence Framework.

  3. Michael Savage
    Michael Savage 03 July 2015, 03:16 PM

    Can you share any more detail with us please? For the Level C When in the Autumn of 2015, what is the proposed format, 6 month transition period, and for the B & A is the expectation 2017 and 2018?Thanks

  4. Sophie Neal
    Sophie Neal 10 July 2015, 03:52 PM

    Thanks for your question.We can advise that work continues on the development of the new practitioner qualification. The format this new qualification will take is now much clearer and it is expected that it will take the form of a number of individual examination papers.These include three core papers: “Professionalism and Managing Others”, “Planning and Control” and “Governance”. In addition, candidates will also sit an additional paper from a choice of “Project Management”, “Programme Management” or “Portfolio Management”.  Successful achievement of these four papers will result in the award of the new practitioner qualification.Subject to the successful completion of a proof of concept exercise and pilot planned for the coming months, we will be in a position to confirm the launch date for the new qualification.   We will provide updates on the development of the new B and A equivalent qualifications when there is new information to share. In the meantime, keep an eye on the news feed.Many thanks.

  5. Michael Savage
    Michael Savage 23 July 2015, 04:12 PM

    Can you share how this format is going to align to the IPMA ICB 4.0, due for publication in September, so that I can prepare the preparation programmes for 2016 please?Thanks