What is the APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)?

The Project Professional Qualification (PPQ), developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession, is an examination-based qualification that assesses your capability in delivering projects, programmes and portfolios.

Covering the core and specific competences project professionals require across all areas of the profession, PPQ is the most comprehensive assessment of professional project management capability available.

Who is this qualification for?

The APM Project Professional Qualification is aimed at any project professional either:

  • working in project, programme or portfolio management;
  • holding the APM Project Management Qualification or equivalent;
  • looking to become a Full Member of APM (MAPM);
  • looking to achieve the Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard via route 1.


Benefits of PPQ

Individual benefits

  • Provides you with structured personal development to help advance your career.
  • Improves your chances when applying for new roles.
  • Enables you to engage more effectively and confidently with peers, clients and employers.
  • A recognised route to becoming a chartered Project Professional (ChPP).
  • Builds your professional status to help you stand out from the crowd.

Organisational benefits

  • The modular structure enables you to demonstrate your commitment to developing the best talent across your whole project management community.
  • Elective modules help you develop the right skills for the right roles.
  • Demonstrates your commitment to delivering successful projects, programmes and portfolios.
  • Investing in the people who deliver your projects, programmes and portfolios raises the profile and standard of project management within your organisation.


What is assessed?

To achieve the APM Project Professional Qualification, candidates are required to pass three core modules and one elective module. Each module is a three-hour examination consisting of four questions based on a specific scenario. 

Each module has a syllabus that details the assessment criteria and learning outcome for each examination. The syllabuses provide the details of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each module.

The syllabuses are aligned to the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition and are based on the role profiles for project manager intermediate, programme manager intermediate, and portfolio manager intermediate.


Core modules
Module 1 Professionalism and managing others
Module 2 Planning and control
Module 3 Governance
Elective modules
Module 4 Project management
Module 5 Programme management
Module 6 Portfolio management

However, the presentation of the content in the syllabus documents better reflects teaching approaches compared to the functional breakdown of the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition structure.  

How can I study for this qualification?

Full details of the examination process can be found in the candidate guidance notes:

Guide for candidates

We have provided following example papers to assist candidates who wish to self-study:

Should you wish to undertake self-study, you will be able to sit individual modules at any of our four open examinations held throughout the year. You may apply for these using the qualifications application form.

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How can I develop my career?

To assist you in establishing your career path, APMhas developed the APM Competence Framework, which describes APM's view of the competences necessary for effective project, programme and portfolio management and PMO in today's environment, and our view of the future needs of the profession. It will: 

  • Identify strengths and development needs to support your career progression.
  • Be better prepared for your next move.
  • Identify the most relevant career route or qualification to best progress your career.
  • Provide clearly defined competences with outcome-focused performance indicators.
  • Provide a resource that can be used over a number of years to measure change in performance and experience.

View other qualifications and standards

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

View PFQ


APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

View PMQ


Registered Project Professional standard (RPP)


The Chartered Project Professional standard (ChPP) 


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