Association for Project Management (APM) FAQs

By Simon Buehring on 25 Sep 2018

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The Association for Project Management (APM) is the chartered body for the project profession and was awarded a Royal Charter in 2017. It is committed to raising awareness and standards in the profession. Click to read about the APM here.

Are APM courses online?

Yes. Knowledge Train offers the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) courses online via elearning. Also available online is the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) for registered PRINCE2® Practitioners course.

Can I take the APM test online?

Yes, you can take the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) test online.

How do APM and PRINCE2 compare?

The qualifications from the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK differs from PRINCE2 in that they offer offers a progressive 5-level structure for career development, from basic ‘fundamentals’ of project management courses right up to ‘management’ and ‘professional’ levels. PRINCE2 offers a 2-level structure - Foundation & Practitioner - which equate roughly to the 2 lower levels of the APM qualifications (i.e. PFQ and PMQ).

However, PRINCE2 qualifications are far more popular with employers.

Should I study both APM and PRINCE2 qualifications?

Yes. A common career development path is:

  1. Study and gain certification at PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner levels
  2. Study and gain certification at APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) level (note students holding a PRINCE2 Practitioner certification can sit a shorter PMQ exam)
  3. Continue to study for the higher APM qualifications.

PRINCE2 and APM are complimentary to each other. PRINCE2 describes a project management methodology. APM describes a set of techniques aligned to project management best practices.

What are APM project management courses?

  • Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) course - this offers a fundamental awareness of project management terminology and is ideal for those wishing to gain an understanding of the principles of the profession.
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ) course - this offers knowledge of all elements of project management including how these elements interact and how projects fit into a strategic and commercial environment.

What are the APM project management qualifications?

The qualifications offered by the APM (Association for Project Management) are available at 5 levels:

  • Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
  • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)
  • Registered Project Professional (RPP)
  • Practitioner Qualification (PQ)

What are the APM tests?

The tests available as part of the APM (Association for Project Management) accreditations include:

  • Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) - 60 multiple choice question, 60 minutes
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ) - answer ten from sixteen questions, 180 minutes, or (for registered PRINCE2® Practitioners) answer six from ten questions, 120 minutes
  • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) - pass three core and one elective module (each module 180 minutes)

What is an APM course?

An APM course refers to any project management course based upon the syllabuses provided by the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK. Such courses are designed to prepare students for the APM exams which are based upon the APM Body of Knowledge (APMBoK). The 2 exams are:

  • Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

What is an APM exam?

An APM exam refers to any exam offered by the UK-based Association for Project Management (APM). Examinations are based upon the APM Body of Knowledge (APMBoK). The exams are offered to support 3 qualification levels:

  • Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
  • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

What is APM accreditation?

APM accreditation refers to one of the 5 professional project management certification levels offered by the UK-based Association for Project Management (APM). The 5 levels are:

  • Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) - exam-based
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ) - exam-based
  • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) - exam-based
  • Registered Project Professional (RPP) - demonstration of competency, ethical behaviour and commitment to continuing development
  • Practitioner Qualification (PQ) - competency-based residential assessment centre including individual and group work and interview.

What is APM membership?

The APM (Association for Project Management) is a professional body offering individual membership to enhance a member's status with both colleagues and employers. By joining APM, the chartered body for the project profession, members are publicly demonstrating their commitment to professionalism and their own continued professional development.

What is APM PFQ?

The APM PFQ (Project Fundamentals Qualification) from the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK is an introductory qualification providing students with a fundamental awareness of project management terminology, and a general understanding of the principles of the profession.

What is APM PMQ?

The APM PMQ (Project Management Qualification) from the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK is a knowledge-based qualification enabling students to demonstrate their knowledge of all elements of project management.

What is APM project management?

APM project management refers to the project management qualifications, publications and professional association known as the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK. The APM offers a range of professional project management certification useful for people working in the profession. It's qualifications and exams are based upon the APM Body of Knowledge (APMBoK).

What is APM training?

APM training refers to any project management training based upon the syllabuses provided by the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK. Such training is designed to prepare students for one of the two APM exams - Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) or Project Management Qualification (PMQ). Both exams are based upon the APM Body of Knowledge (APMBoK).

What is APMP for PRINCE2 Practitioners?

APMP for PRINCE2 Practitioners is now an out-of-date qualification which used to be offered by the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK. APMP has now been superseded by the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ). For students who hold the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification, a fast-track route for gaining certification is to take a 2-hour exam that recognises prior learning, rather than the usual 3-hour exam.

What is APMP project management?

APMP project management refers to an out-of-date qualification which used to be offered by the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK. APMP has now been superseded by the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).

What is the APM Body of Knowledge (BoK)?

The APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition is the foundation for the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios in all industries. It is a scope statement for the project profession and a source book for all aspiring, new and experienced project professionals offering common definitions, references and a comprehensive glossary of terms.

What is the APM competence framework?

The APM Competence Framework from the Association for Project Management sets out the competences required for effective project, programme, portfolio management and project management office (PMO).

The framework consists of 27 competences based around outcomes that project professionals are expected to achieve, each one including a series of criteria covering knowledge and application. It includes a simple 5-point scoring system for assessing performance against the application and knowledge criteria (aware, practiced, competent, proficient and expert).

What is the APM exam format?

The format of the APM (Association for Project Management) exams include:

  • Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) - 60 multiple choice question, 60 minutes
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ) - answer ten from sixteen questions, 180 minutes, or (for registered PRINCE2® Practitioners) answer six from ten questions, 120 minutes
  • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) - pass three core and one elective module (each module 180 minutes).

What is the APM Fundamentals?

APM Fundamentals refers to the Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) from the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK is an introductory qualification providing students with a fundamental awareness of project management terminology, and a general understanding of the principles of the project management profession.

What is the APM Introductory Certificate?

The APM Introductory Certificate is now an out-of-date qualification which used to be offered by the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK. APM Introductory Certificate has now been superseded by the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ).

What is the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification?

The Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) from the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK is an introductory qualification providing students with a fundamental awareness of project management terminology, and a general understanding of the principles of the project management profession.

What is the APM Project Management Qualification?

The Project Management Qualification (PMQ) from the Association for Project Management (APM) in the UK is a knowledge-based qualification enabling students to demonstrate their knowledge of all elements of project management.

What is the APM?

The APM refers to the Association for Project Management - the chartered body for the project profession. The APM has over 26,000 individual members and 500 organisation members, making APM the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. It is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. In 2017, APM was awarded a Royal Charter as part of its strategy to raise awareness and standards in the profession.

What is the Association for Project Management (APM)?

The Association for Project Management (APM) is the chartered body for the project profession. The APM has over 26,000 individual members and 500 organisation members, making APM the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. It is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. In 2017, APM was awarded a Royal Charter as part of its strategy to raise awareness and standards in the profession.

When and where are APM open test centre?

The Association for Project Management (APM) offers open exam test centres for its Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ), Project Management Qualification (PMQ), Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) and PMQ for PRINCE2* Practitioners certifications. They take place 4 times a year in Bristol, Aberdeen, London and Manchester.

Which is more popular - APM or PRINCE2?

Overwhelmingly, PRINCE2 qualifications are far more in demand with UK employers than APM qualifications are. However, to really develop a project management career in the UK, we would argue that practitioners should study and gain certification in both. It is recommended to study PRINCE2 first because this teaches students a popular project management methodology. Gaining the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification enables students to take a shorter version of the 2nd level APM exam - the Project Management Qualification (PMQ). Afterwards, it is recommended to continue to the higher APM levels (3-5).

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