APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) formerly known as APMP

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, that allows candidates to demonstrate understanding of all elements of project management.

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, which can be carried from one job to another, or from one industry to another.

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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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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There are two examination routes for the qualification:

  • A three hour paper where candidates must answer ten from sixteen questions.


  • 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: 

Guidance Notes

Hints and Tips

How can I study for this qualification?

You can study through our Accredited Training Providers, who offer the certificates in many different formats including classroom, online, CD, public and in-house courses.

The sample paper below will support you in preparing for your examination. 

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

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, formerly known as APMP, 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.

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9 things you should know about PMQ

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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