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APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

Achieve a broad level of project management knowledge
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What is the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)?

The APM Project Management Qualification (SCQF Level 7) is a knowledge-based qualification. It enables you to demonstrate knowledge of all elements of project management. You'll be able to demonstrate an understanding of how these elements interact and how your project fits into your strategic and commercial environment.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for those wanting to participate in projects of all sizes. You'll typically have some pre existing project management knowledge. It’s the ideal next step for anyone holding the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification.

Are you a PRINCE2® Practitioner? We have a shortened training course that will save you time and money.

How can I study for this qualification?

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You can study with our accredited training providers who offer the APM Project Management Qualification in many different formats including classroom, e-learning, distance learning, public and in-house courses.

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We also offer the APM Project Management Qualification as a self-study open online exam which you can take from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.

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How is it assessed?

There are two examination routes for the qualification:

  • A three-hour paper with an additional 15 minutes reading time at the start where candidates must answer ten from sixteen questions.


  • If you are a PRINCE2® Practitioner you will take a two-hour paper with an additional 10 minutes reading time at the start that recognises prior learning. In this paper you must answer six from ten questions.
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What is assessed?

The syllabus assesses breadth of knowledge in all areas of project management and covers knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge including:

  • budgeting and cost management
  • conflict management
  • communication
  • earned value management
  • leadership
  • negotiation
  • procurement
  • sponsorship
  • teamwork

APM Project Management Qualification Study Guide

The APM Project Management Qualification Study Guide is designed to support you when taking the APM Project Management Qualification.

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APM glossary of project management terms

This glossary is a unique collection of popular project management terms sourced from the fifth, sixth and seventh editions of the APM Body of Knowledge and other APM publications.

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Coming soon: New APM Project Management Qualification for 2024 

We have introduced a new version of our flagship APM Project Management Qualification for the future development of the project profession. 

It will launch this year with exams opening in September 2024. The rigor and robustness of the qualification remains the same, targeted at those who have two to three years of experience in a project environment or a project management focused degree.  

The new exam format focuses on the assessment of a candidate’s project management knowledge through four new question types.  

Find out more about the changes in our recent news story

If you wish to be the first to know about when our new APM Project Management Qualification launches later in the year, express your interest here.

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Navigating the new APM Project Management Qualification

During this session, Jacqueline Martin, Director of Education & Lifelong Learning, and Emily Long, Head of Professional Standards, walked through the new features of the New APM Project Management Qualification and answered questions from the audience during the live Q&A segment. You can watch the replay below.

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APM Project Management Qualification for PRINCE2® Practitioners

Getting ahead of the pack has never been more crucial to developing a successful career. We’ve created a route to achieve our flagship qualification, the APM Project Management Qualification specifically designed for PRINCE2® Practitioners. With a shorter training course and exam, this route will save you time and money. The qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding beyond your learning from PRINCE2®, to help you grow into a committed and capable project professional. It also prepares you to deliver project success in critical areas such as budgeting and cost management, conflict management and teamwork.

There are 73 assessment criteria from the APM Body of Knowledge examined in the syllabus. As 26 of these are covered by PRINCE2® Practitioner, you will only be examined on the remaining 47 assessment criteria, including communication, earned value management, procurement and negotiation.

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