APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

The Association for Project Management has announced a new qualification in its hierarchy of professional skills development. It is aimed at project managers with 3 to 5 years’ experience and sits above the APMP which is widely recognised in the UK as a solid demonstration of project management competency. The new qualification is knowledge based (you must pass 4 exams); successful candidates are eligible for full APM membership (MAPM post-nominal); and it is a stepping stone to the elite Registered Project Professional.

Training courses for the new qualification will be launched over the coming months. They will complement the existing core APM certification options:

APM Introductory Certificate

  • A 2 or 3 day introduction to the basics of project management


  • A 5 or 6 day course covering all aspects of the APM Body of Knowledge


Achievement of the PPQ will require that candidates pass three core modules plus one of three elective modules.

Core Modules:
– Professionalism & Managing Others- Planning & Control
– Governance

Elective Modules (role specific):
– Project Management
– Programme Management
– Portfolio Management

Each module has a 3 hour exam comprising 4 scenario based questions. The four modules need to be completed within a 3 year window in order to achieve the full qualification. The exams are based on the APM Body of Knowledge (6th edition), the APM Competency Framework (2nd edition) and the 6 PPQ syllabi.

The new qualification sits alongside the current APM Practitioner Qualification. The PQ involves an assessment of practical skills rather simply passing an exam. This has never attracted high volumes of candidates and it is likely that over time the new qualification will become the preferred route to senior APM skills recognition.

More details on the APM website