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APM Project Professional Qualification

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What is the APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)?

The Professional Qualification (SCQF Level 9) assesses your capability in delivering professional projects.

This is our most comprehensive assessment of professional project management capability. The qualification covers core competencies required across all areas of project management.

Who is this qualification for?

The APM Project Professional Qualification is aimed at any project professional either:

  • working in project management and looking to take the next step in their career
  • holding the APM Project Management Qualification or equivalent
  • looking to become a Full member of APM (MAPM)
  • looking to achieve the Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard via route 1

How can I study for this qualification?

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Take an open online examination
We offer the APM Project Professional Qualification as a self-study online exam. If you wish to undertake self-study you can take our open online exams from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.

Find out about the APM Project Professional Qualification

How is it assessed?

The APM Project Professional Qualification 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 assignment.

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.

What is assessed?

To pass you must demonstrate your capabilities in an environment akin to a project professional’s working practices including:

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

The syllabus details the learning outcomes and assessment criteria that you will need to demonstrate throughout the assessment. 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.

Looking for training with online exams?

You can sit an online training course and gain your qualification without leaving home. Our exams are now available online through the following selected APM Accredited Training Providers. Explore the links to book directly.

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