Is APM PPQ the Next Step For your Project Management Career?

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With the APM ceasing to award PQ from March 2019, the PPQ could be a good next step in your project management career.

In response to a change in IPMA regulations, APM is ceasing to award PQ from March 2019 and is no longer accepting new applications. This article helps to explain why the APM Project Professional Qualification may be a good alternative to help progress your career.

Who is the APM Project Professional Qualification aimed at?

The Project Professional Qualification (PPQ), developed by APM, the chartered body for the project profession, is an examination-based qualification that assesses your capability in delivering projects, programmes and portfolios. It is aimed at any project professional either:

  • Working in project, programme or portfolio management;
  • Holding the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) or equivalent;
  • Looking to become a Full Member of APM (MAPM).

What’s involved?

The PPQ is a demonstration of the application of knowledge and comprises:

  • Three core modules
  • One role specific elective module

Each module is examined through a written paper of three hours in duration which is scenario based. A candidate can bring five pages of notes into a PPQ examination.

The four modules are required to achieve the qualification and must be passed within a three-year period. Provek estimates an individual will take approximately six months to complete each module, but this can be quicker depending on how much time you are able to invest in your studies.

Core (all three)

  • Module 1 Professionalism and managing others
  • Module 2 Planning and control
  • Module 3 Governance

Elective (one from three)

  • Module 4 Project management
  • Module 5 Programme management
  • Module 6 Portfolio management

What are the benefits?

The PPQ offers benefits to both the individual and the organisation.

Individual benefits

  • Provides you with structured personal development to help develop your career.
  • Improves your chances when applying for new roles.
  • Enables you to engage more effectively and confidently with peers, clients and employers.
  • Builds your professional status to help you stand out from the crowd.

Organisation benefits

  • The modular structure enables an organisation to demonstrate their commitment to developing the best talent across their whole project management community.
  • Elective modules helps an organisation to develop the right skills for the right roles.
  • It demonstrates a commitment to delivering successful projects, programmes and portfolios.
  • Investing in the people who deliver their projects, programmes and portfolios raises the profile and standard of project management within the organisation management.

Provek specialist support

Provek provides a comprehensive package of specialist support to those wishing to gain the PPQ. The support we offer comprises of the following services:

  • Personal one-to-one telephone briefings
  • Candidate readiness assessment using the full PMA6 assessment
  • Learning materials on The PM Channel
  • Unique practice papers with tutor marked answers
  • Provek guidance for the 5-page ‘open book’ notes

The learning materials on The PM Channel referred to above, provide specific benefits including:

  • Unique engaging structured video-based learning and development resources
  • Available 24/7 via internet access
  • Self-paced. You control when / where to study
  • Exam Guidance, Tips and Practice questions
  • Key documents available to download
  • Tracked personal progress
  • View samples of videos within The PM Channel, visit

Is the APM PPQ right for me?

If you are unsure whether the PPQ is right for you, why not complete our PMA6 Lite assessment that has been undertaken by over 10,000 project professionals – it takes approximately 25 minutes and on completion you will receive a one page report, including our recommendations on APM qualifications.

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss with one of our team members get in touch using the link below.

Please get in touch for more information on Provek's support for PPQ

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