PPQ 2nd Edition launches on the 28th August – what you need to know

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PPQ is suitable for those wanting to take the next step into more senior positions or undertake more challenging projects

The new PPQ assessment is dynamic, challenging and more akin to the environment of project professionals


The Association for Project Management (APM) launches the Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) 2nd Edition on the 28th August, building on the current success of the current PPQ.

Up until now candidates had to sit four 3hr exams. Following a consultation with organisations and training providers, candidates will now complete one 2.5hr assessment, which is a significant change but more aligned in its position and level within the suite of APM career path qualifications (PFQ, PMQ, PPQ, ChPP).

Feedback from a recent pilot verified the new assessment is a significant improvement with 100% of candidates advising they would recommend the new PPQ to a colleague.

What is assessed?

The new syllabus covers three units:

  • Effective leadership and management
  • Effective governance and control
  • Effective planning and control

How is it assessed?

The purpose of the PPQ is test the candidate’s skill and capability to perform in a specific environment.  There are three parts to the assessment, comprising of:

Stage 1: Scenario assessment (10 minutes preparation, 20 minutes assessment)

This is a role play situation with one of the assessors taking on a specific role. The assessment is based on the pre-seen case study, but will be a situation new to the candidate

Stage 2: Oral exam (50 minutes)

The second stage of the assessment will be an oral exam with two assessors. All questions will need to be answered by the candidates as though they were managing the project detailed in the pre-seen case study.

Stage 3: Project report (60 minutes)

This will be a written project report based on a question and the pre-seen case study.

Pass mark

Candidates must achieve a pass mark of 60% with minimum scores required across all three elements. Should a candidate fail any element they have to retake the whole assessment.

When can assessments be taken

First assessments will take place from November 2020. There are two options: online or paper based.

  • Online assessments cost £595 for APM members and £695 for non-members
  • Paper based assessments cost £695 for APM members and £795 for non-members

What if I am midway through the original PPQ?

Candidates midway through PPQ 1st edition studies have until December 2021 to complete their four exams.


Provek PPQ 2nd Edition Specialist Support

Provek was one of the first APM-accredited training providers to offer specialist support for the original PPQ.

Provek is able to offer candidates a unique specialist support package for the PPQ 2nd Edition, building on our experience of specialist support for PPQ 1st edition, Chartered ChPP accreditation (and historically PQ and RPP).

Stage 1: PMA6 Assessment and Consultation

The support package begins with a detailed assessment.

This is achieved through completing our unique PMA6 online assessment which measures your project management experience, knowledge, decision ability and personality indicators.

  • These are benchmarked against industry norms to allow Provek to identify your strengths, any weaker areas requiring development, and overall suitability and readiness to take the PPQ assessment.
  • You will receive a detailed 5-page report which Provek will discuss with you.

Stage 2: Assessment Centre Workshop

Following this consultation, you will participate in our assessment centre preparation day.

  • Groups are no more than 6-8 candidates and Provek which will take you through the three stages of the assessment.
  • Our experienced trainers will provide you with coaching and mentoring, you will take part in activities & mock assessments and feedback will be provided.
  • By the end of the day you will have a greater understanding, experience and confidence in what to expect when taking your PPQ assessment.

The PPQ prep days will be available to individual candidates through our public dates and to organisations who wish to facilitate inhouse workshops.

Provek is taking bookings now for the following public dates:

  • Friday 25th September
  • Friday 16th October
  • Friday 30th October
  • Friday 13th November
  • Friday 20th November
  • Friday 4th December

Please contact us for further information.

For further information on Provek's PPQ 2nd Edition Assessment Centres please get in touch

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