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What is the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)?

The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ), is a knowledge-based qualification developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession. Candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how these elements interact and how their project fits into their strategic and commercial environment. PMQ is an internationally recognised qualification.

Who is this qualification for?

The APM Project Management Qualification is aimed at those wishing to achieve a broad level of project management knowledge sufficient to participate in projects from individual assignments through to large capital projects. Applicants typically have some pre-existing project management knowledge, and it is the ideal next step for anyone holding the APM Project Fundamentals (PFQ) qualification.

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What is assessed?

The PMQ, formerly known as APMP, 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 and teamwork

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. 


  • For PRINCE2® Registered Practitioners a two hour paper with an additional 10 minutes reading time at the start. In this paper candidates must answer six from ten questions.

How can I study for this qualification?

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

A number of Accredited Providers offer the exam online, allowing you to take it anywhere at any time through live online invigilation.

Should you wish to undertake self study, you can enter one of four open examinations run by the Association for Project Management.

Supporting resources

These resources support those candidates following qualifications aligned with the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition (SCQF Level 7).

Full details of the examination process can be found in the guidance notes. Please note: The Guidance Notes are currently being updated, please contact the qualifications team if you require a copy.

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The APM PMQ Study Guide

APM Glossary of Project Management Terms

The Project Management Qualification Study Guide

APM has published The APM Project Management Qualification Study Guide

A definitive explanation of each syllabus topic in simple language 
The PMQ, study guide is written specifically to be easy to understand. It explains the topics in the PMQ syllabus using a consistent language set and avoiding unnecessary and complex jargon.The main benefit of this approach is that it provides thorough coverage of the knowledge required for each area of the syllabus.

Exercises, case studies and quick quizzes to consolidate the theory
In addition, each section includes a quick review quiz to check your understanding of the key concepts.

Exam guidance note and sample exam questions in each section
Within the PMQ study guide you’ll find lots of advice, guidance, hints and tips on how to prepare and take the PMQ exam.The introductory chapter describes how the exam is set out and gives you simple guidance on how to prepare for the exam.


PMQ for PRINCE2® practitioners

Getting ahead of the pack has never been more crucial to developing a successful career. APM, the chartered body for the project profession, has developed a route to achieving its flagship qualification, The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) formerly known as APMP, specifically designed for registered PRINCE2® Practitioners. With a shorter training course and exam, this route will save you time and money. PMQ develops your knowledge and understanding beyond your learning from PRINCE2®, to help you grow into a committed and capable project professional.  It 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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Candidates can now sit an online training course and gain their qualification without leaving their home. Our exams are now available online through the following selected APM Accredited Training Providers.

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Online examinations: what to expect

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APM Project Fundamentals 
Qualification (PFQ)

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APM Project Professional 
Qualification (PPQ)

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The Chartered Project Professional standard (ChPP) 

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