APM - An Introduction


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APM's mission statement is: "To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit"

APM is the largest independent professional body of its kind in Europe. It has 17,500 individual and 500 corporate members throughout the UK and abroad. Its aim is to develop and promote project management across all sectors of industry and beyond.



The APM Project Management Qualification - PMQ (formerly APMP) qualification is a knowledge based qualification that allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge of all elements of project management.It is a qualification recognised both nationally and internationally by the IPMA (International Project Management association).

For those who wish to start at the beginning there is also the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification - PFQ (formerly APMIC/APM Introductory Certificate) which provides a fundamental awareness of project management terminology.

And for those that wish to progress their career onwards there are various qualifications recognising increasing levels of experience, knowledge and competence. These include the Practitioner Qualification, the Certificated Project Manager and finally the newly released APM Registered Project Professional.


Five Dimensions of Professionalism

Project professionals make a direct contribution to the economy, environment and society by managing effective change. They are capable, accountable and committed to their profession working in all sectors and all types of projects and programmes. They experience unprecedented variety and a track-record of achievement; this provides project professionals with the benefits of exceptional job satisfaction, professional status and other rewards.

Project professionals are able to demonstrate the APM five dimensions of professionalism: 

  • breadth of understanding as defined by the APM Body of Knowledge,
  • depthof ability in line with the APM Competence Framework,
  • achievement through professional qualifications and a portfolio of evidence,
  • commitment through Continuing Professional Development,
  • accountability through APM membership and the code of professional conduct.

Those directly dependent on project and programme management belong to all sectors of the economy, whether defence or IT, construction or transport, pharmaceutical or engineering. They benefit from the increasing professionalism and skill levels which APM promotes across project and programme management.

The Association for Project Management has over 35 years combining its members’ extensive experience in developing the science and art of project management. This is encapsulated in the APM Body of Knowledge, qualifications and other research activities and disseminated through its members, and more widely via print, electronic media and events.

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