APM online courses & certification
Certification from the chartered body for the project profession
The Association for Project Management (APM) is the chartered body for the project profession in the UK. APM qualifications are highly respected by employers in the UK because they show that the candidate has a wide range of project management knowledge and skills.
Based upon the APMBOK
APM offers a range of project management qualifications. APM certification is based on the best practice guidance found within the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition (APMBOK).
Many UK organisations use this guidance to manage their projects, though it is especially popular in the construction, transport, defence and government sectors.
APM certification complements your project management methodology
APM certifications equip you with a broad range of project management knowledge and techniques. As such, the APM guidance is very complimentary to project management methodologies such as PRINCE2.
In the UK, to progress their careers in the project management profession, many PRINCE2 practitioners also gain APM qualifications because the knowledge they gain can be used to build upon their PRINCE2 knowledge.
Levels of certification
There are several levels of APM certification:
- Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) – 1-hour exam, 60 multiple-choice questions. You must score 60% or more to pass. Entry-level certification suitable for current/aspiring project team members and project managers. No pre-requisites.
- Project Management Qualification (PMQ) – 3-hour exam, 16 written questions. You must score 55% or more to pass. Suitable for current/aspiring project managers.
- Practitioner Qualification (PQ) – assessed with written exam, observed group work and interviews. Suitable for those with PMQ certification and project-based experience wanting to demonstrate project management ability.
- Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) – four exams, 3 hours each, 4 written questions in each exam. Suitable for those working in a project, programme or portfolio environment.
- Registered Project professional (RPP) – assessed with written application and interview. Suitable for those with at least 7 years project management experience, or who hold PPQ or PQ certification.
- IPMA Level A (Certified Projects Director) & IPMA Level B (Certified Senior Project Manager) – assessed through experience and a formal assessment. Suitable for senior project, programme or portfolio managers.