Is the APMP Certificate right for you?

The APMP Certificate gives in-depth knowledge of project management across 37 topics.  It is a Level D qualification in the International Project Management Association’s (IPMA) four level certification.

Compared to PRINCE2 Practitioner (including Foundation) project management qualification, the APMP Certificate requires slightly more  study time,  covers a much broader range of project management topics and is pitched at a slighter  higher level of difficulty.

Pass rates for the APMP are around 70% nationally.  The examination lasts for  three hours and comprises 10 written answers from a choice of 16 questions.

APMP is well suited for people who are a work-package manager on a significant project, or managing a project, or who are managing project support offices.

If you want to hear more, please watch Neil Mooney explaining the APMP Certificate  in three  minutes on The PM Channel.

Also, Julian Foster, programme  manager at BAA, can be watched  talking about how they  use the APMP.

Although there are no mandatory pre-requisites for the APMP Certificate project management qualification we recommend that candidates thinking of attending a course have good project management basic skills or attendance on the APM Introductory Certificate course plus ideally a minimum of 6 months actual experience of working on a project.

We recommend delegates take Provek’s free online PMA5 lite assessment to help assess readiness and suitability for the APMP Certificate course and exam. This assessment identifies the delegate’s existing knowledge and experience and recommends the appropriate level of training required.

The syllabus for the APMP covers a broad range of 37 topics from the APM Body of Knowledge .

Topics covered include:

Portfolio and programme management


  • The project context and stakeholder management
  • The project lifecycle and business processes
  • Developing a business case, investment  appraisal techniques
  • Risk management
  • Project strategy and constructing the project management plan
  • Scope management and breakdown
  • Structures
  • Time and resource scheduling
  • Budgets and cost control
  • Change control and configuration
  • Management
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Procurement and contracts
  • Conflict and negotiating skills
  • Handover and project closure
  • Exam preparation and exam practice  questions, exercises and scored feedback

The learning objectives and questions focus on list, state, describe and explain.

A majority of classroom courses are five-days in duration and usually require pre-course study.  The three hour written examination is taken on the last day.  Other formats are available, including modular (typically two 3-day modules) and blended (on line self study followed by 3-day classroom course).

Complete on line self study formats of project management training for studying the APMP are available on The PM Channel.

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