APM Training and Certification
APM - Association for Project Management is the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. It is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism (Breadth, Depth, Achievement, Commitment & Accountability). APM have incorporated this body of knowledge into their APM course (previously APMP course) progression. APM as an organisation has now obtained chartered status.
What is chartered status and what does this mean to APM training?
The status of chartered is a ‘hard won’ seal of approval from none other than the Monarchy. Chartered status is awarded directly from the monarchy but is governed or approved by the Privy Council. Professions that are awarded chartered status, like accountancy or surveyancy are perceived as thought leaders with the highest standards of excellence. Although this does not automatically provide chartered status for project professionals who qualify under APM training (a rigorous entry process is included), it is the first step to an individual becoming chartered.
How do I become a chartered project professional?
Being accredited under an APM training course is your starting point. Being a member of the APM (and therefore being APM training accredited) is part of the qualifying criteria. In addition to this, potential candidates will be subject to the following before they can achieve chartered status:
A rigorous entry process (including peer review)
Commitment on CPD and the required number of points
Undertaking to comply with the Code of Professional Conduct
APM training qualifications demonstrate to your employer, clients and suppliers that you are a skilled and committed project professional. They are also aligned with IPMA's 4 level Competency framework which provides recognition throughout the world. Candidates who pass the APM PMQ course qualification are also entitled to register their details on the International Project Management Association (IPMA) website at Level D (APM do charge for this service).
Recent APMP course and APM course name changes
APM has recently updated the names of its qualification suite so that it is much easier to see the natural progression for project professionals from fundamental, to management then to professional level.
Entry level: APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
APMIC (formerly known as the APM course introductory certificate) is now called the Project Fundamentals Qualification and is an entry level APM training certificate (SCQF level 6).
Who is this APM course for?
Delegates with no prior experience or APM course accreditation who wish to gain a broad understanding of how projects are run.
What is assessed?
Elements of the project management life cycle covered by the APM body of knowledge that have now been integrated into APM courses such as planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.
The APM PFQ exam
a 1 hour exam with 60 multiple choice questions.
SPOCE offer public and e-Learning options for this APM course and if there are 4 or more delegates within the same organisation, we can arrange for bespoke client APM training workshops on your premises.
Management level: APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
APM PMQ training: The APM Project Management Qualification is formerly known as APMP: The APM Project Management qualification course) is now known as the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ). This is also equivalent to IPMA level D and SCQF level 7.
Who is this for?
People with an understanding of project management and previously qualified at PFQ level. The level of understanding gained from this is much broader and practical than the entry level.
What is assessed?
APM PMQ assesses all areas of project management in a more practical, strategic and commercial way, such as: budgeting and cost management, conflict management, communication, earned value management, leadership, negotiation, procurement, sponsorship and teamwork.
The APM PFQ exam
A single 3-hour paper where candidates must answer 10 of a choice of 15 questions.
SPOCE offer public courses for this APM PMQ course and if there are 4 or more delegates in the same organisation we can arrange for bespoke client APM training workshops on your premises.
Professional level: APM Project Management course for PRINCE2 Practitioners
APM Project Management Qualification for PRINCE2 Practitioners was formerly known as APMP course for PRINCE2 Practitioners. Accreditation and general assessment criteria for this APM course is the same as APM PMQ but the qualification route is slightly more fast-track.
Who is this for?
People with an understanding of project management that are also qualified at PRINCE2 practitioner level. This slightly fast track route considers previous accreditation and experience. The PRINCE2 Practitioner status does NOT need to be current for delegates to take this APMP Course, as long as they have passed this qualification at some point in their career.
The APM PMQ for PRINCE2 Practitioners exam
Due to previous experience candidates need only sit a 2-hour paper and answer 6 out of ten questions to become APM PMQ qualified.
SPOCE offer public courses for this APM PMQ for PRINCE2 Practitioners course and if there are 4 or more delegates in the same organisation we can arrange for bespoke client APM training workshops on your premises.
APM Project Management Benefits
Incorporating a mix of tools, techniques, processes and skills they offer a progressive structure that demonstrates your project management achievements.Kudos and reputation: The opportunity to progress to chartered status in your career.