What is the APM Project Management Qualification?

The Project Management Qualification (PMQ) (SCQF Level 7), 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.

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.

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How is it assessed?

There are two examination routes for the qualification:

  • A three hour paper where candidates must answer ten from sixteen questions. OR
  • For PRINCE2® Registered Practitioners a two hour paper that recognises prior learning. In this paper candidates must answer six from ten questions.

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

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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 6th edition 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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View other qualifications and standards

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

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APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

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Registered Project Professional standard (RPP)


The Chartered Project Professional standard (ChPP) 


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