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APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

The APM Project Professional Qualification is a a developmental, examination-based qualification that sits on the route to becoming an APM Registered Project Professional (RPP). It’s targeted/relevant to project professionals who typically have three to five years project experience. Achieving the qualifi cation entitles candidate to become a full member of APM (MAPM).

To achieve the APM Project Professional Qualification, candidates are required to pass three core modules and one elective module. Each module is a three-hour examination consisting of four questions based on a specific scenario.

There are three core modules, which all candidates need to sit:

  • Professionalism and managing others
  • Planning and control
  • Governance

And three elective modules:

  • Project management
  • Programme management
  • Portfolio management

Each module has a syllabus that details the assessment criteria and learning outcome for each examination. The syllabuses provide the details of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each module.

The syllabuses are aligned to the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition and are based on the role profiles for project manager intermediate, programme manager intermediate, and portfolio manager intermediate.

However, the presentation of the content in the syllabus documents better reflects teaching approaches compared to the functional breakdown of the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition structure.

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