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APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

Please note that this certification has recently been re-named APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) by the accreditation body (APM). It was formerly known as the APMP: The APM Project Management Qualification. It is a simple rebrand and the assessment criteria, learning outcomes and training models remain unchanged.

The APM Project Management Qualification training course follows the syllabus set by the Association for Project Management (APM), and includes the APM Project Management Qualification exam.

APMP is adopted as standard training for project professionals in leading organisations such as Siemens, Network Rail and BAA. 

The APMP: 

  • Demonstrates knowledge of all key elements of project management
  • Demonstrates that you are a skilled and committed project professional
  • Provides international recognition [aligns to International Project Management Association (IPMA) Level D]
  • Is relevant to project management in any industry
  • Complements project methodologies, such as PRINCE2

Attendees will take part in a series of intensive coaching sessions addressing all the main topics covered by the APMP syllabus in a structured and consistent way. The sessions will include presentations, exercises and sample examination papers.

The course is designed to improve the skills of project management staff to enable them to make sound business decisions and thereby manage their projects to a successful conclusion.

The course builds on existing knowledge and experience and attendees will learn how to better plan, control and monitor their projects including risk and financial analysis together with reporting on progress. Interpersonal skills such as negotiation techniques and managing stakeholders are also covered.

The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) training course is designed for those with project management experience (2-5 years ideally), including:

  • People involved in project teams
  • Senior Project Managers and Project Managers


APM Project Management Qualification Premium courses include a comprehensive exam preparation workshop and are delivered in two parts enabling delegates more time to review, digest and revise course materials prior to sitting the exam.

There is also a Pass Guarantee for added peace of mind, should you fail to pass at the first attempt. This includes the re-attendance of the 2 day exam preparation workshop and exam retakes free of charge!

Select specific date to see price, venue and full details.

Learning Objectives

Successful delegates will understand:

  • How organisations and projects are structured
  • Project life cycles
  • Contexts and environments in which projects can be delivered
  • Governance of project management and the use of structured methodologies
  • Communication within project management
  • The principles of leadership and teamwork
  • Planning for success
  • Project scope management
  • Schedule and resource management
  • Project procurement
  • Risk management and issue management
  • Project quality management


This course is for project managers and aspiring project managers with at least two years project experience.

Ideally, delegates will have some experience of working in a project environment and have a basic understanding of project management issues.

It is not mandatory to hold the APM Introductory Certificate which is aimed at newcomers to the profession.

If you already hold the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification, you can take the shorter APMP for PRINCE2 Practititioners training course. This 3-day course leads to a 2 hour exam where candidates must answer 6 from 10 questions covering 25 topics.

Course Content

1. Structure of organisations and projects
Distinguish between different types of organisational structure
Responsibility Assignment Matrix
Roles and responsibilities of project sponsor, project manager, team members, project steering group, users
Relationship between project sponsor and manager
Functions and benefits of project office

2. Project life cycle
Project life cycle phases
Difference between project life cycle and extended life cycle
Sharing knowledge
Benefits of conducting reviews

3. Project contexts and environments
Project context, environmental factors
Difference between project and business as usual
Characteristics of programme management
Challenges of programme management
Situations where portfolio management is used
Distinguish between project management and portfolio and programme management
Health safety and environmental legislation

4. Governance and structured methodologies
Principles of governance of project management
Methods and procedures to support governance
Advantages of using structured methodologies

5. Communication
Communication plan, barriers to communication
Importance of effective communication
Conflict management

6. Leadership and teamwork
Impact of leadership
Situational leadership approach
Creation and management of teams

7. Planning for success
Business case, ownership, authorship
Benefits management
Information management
Project management plan, authorship, approval
Project management plan contents
Earned value management
Earned value calculations and interpret earned value data
Stakeholder management
Use of payback, internal rate of return and net present value
Project reporting cycle

8. Scope management
Product Breakdown Structure {PBS}, Work Breakdown Structure {WBS}
Change control, links with configuration

9. Schedule and resource management
Project scheduling
Categories and types of resources
Resource smoothing and levelling
Financial and cost management
Budget and cost control

10. Procurement
Supplier relationships
Supplier selection

11. Project risk management and issue management
Risk management process
Risk as threat and opportunity
Benefits of risk management
Distinguish between a risk and an issue

12. Project quality management
Describe quality management
Quality planning, assurance, control and continual improvement

Exams & Certification

Please note that APM PMQ exams can now be taken online.

The APM Project Management Qualification exam is taken on the final day of the course. Candidates must answer 10 from 16 questions covering all 37 syllabus topics.

- 10 essay based questions each worth 50 marks
- 3 hours
- Closed-book
- Candidates require a minimum of 275 marks out of 500 (55%) to pass

Extensive examination practice and feedback is included in the workshop.

Please note that you will need to bring a photo ID for the exam.

 Current holders of PMQ are exempted from the PRINCE2 Foundation examination.

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