What is the APM Project Professional Qualification?

The Project Professional Qualification (SCQF Level 9), developed by APM the chartered body for the project profession, is an examination based qualification that assesses your capability in delivering professional projects.

The APM Project Professional Qualification 2nd edition assesses capability in delivering projects and is APM’s most comprehensive assessment of professional project management capability, covering the core and specific competencies required across all areas of project management.

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How is it assessed?

The APM Project Professional Qualification 2nd edition assessment is based on a pre-seen case study and is divided into three parts: a scenario assessment, an oral exam assessment and a written report.

The Syllabus for this qualification details the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria that the candidate will need to demonstrate throughout the assessment.

The syllabus for this qualification is aligned to the APM Competence Framework, the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition and based on the role profiles for a project manager.

What is assessed?

To achieve the APM Project Professional Qualification 2nd edition, candidates must demonstrate their capabilities in an environment akin to a project professional’s working practices:

  • effective leadership and management,
  • effective governance and oversight
  • and effective planning and control.

Open online exams now available

We have worked with leading training providers and exam experts to create a platform that is simple to use, allowing candidates to focus on passing their exams. Candidates can now sit an online training course and gain their qualification without leaving their home.

In total, the assessment of all elements will last two hours 35 minutes and will take place on the same day. The scenario assessment and oral exam elements will be carried out using video conferencing software. The project report will be carried out as an online written assessment, using the BTL Surpass platform.

You can book an exam at a date and time to suit you. Available dates to book are detailed below. The upcoming dates will be available to book shortly.

23 February 2021






05 March 2021







Upcoming dates:

7 June 2021

15 June 2021

23 June 2021

1 July 2021



Upcoming dates:

4 October 2021

13 October 2021

21 October 2021

29 October 2021


Looking for training with online exams?

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. Explore the links to book directly.

Online examinations: what to expect

Are you an APM Project Professional Qualification 1st edition candidate?

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View other qualifications and standards



APM Project Fundamentals 
Qualification (PFQ)

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APM Project Management 
Qualification (PMQ)

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The Chartered Project Professional standard (ChPP) 

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