PMA vs PMA Lite – Comparison

Skills assessment tools taken by over 10,000 project professionals

PMA and PMALite are highly effective tools that provide organisations with the ability to benchmark individuals against industry standards.

Both assessment tools provide personal reports that identify development gaps to support upskilling project managers and improve your organisation’s project management delivery.

The differences between PMA and PMA Lite are size, time, cost and reporting scope, as shown in the table below. Crucially, PMALite is free to use whereas PMA involves a cost but is far more comprehensive and includes an analytical management report. Should you wish to find out more contact the Provek team.

PMA comparison

Which solution is right for your organisation?

We recommend the full PMA for high stakes applications where it matters to the candidate’s job.  For example,

  • In recruitment selection and profiling of project managers
  • For workforce capability planning
  • For organisation restructuring

In more general training and development situations, either the Full or the Lite can be used.

Other key differences

  • The Lite provides a guide to the overall appropriate level of APM qualification (i.e. ChPP, PPQ, PMQ or PFQ)
  • The full PMA provides this but also gives personal and corporate level detailed strengths and areas for development by competence area.


The full PMA has substantial management reporting against the Provek benchmarks for each level of project manager role chosen.  It answers the questions

  • How do your project managers compare to the industry?
  • Where are their collective strengths and weaknesses?
  • What specific topics need developing, and for which project managers?

If you are interested in comprehensive and impartial answers to these three questions then PMA Full is the only way to answer them.

On the other hand, if you simply require a quick guide to the overall APM qualification suitability then PMA Lite will suffice.

Sample reports

PMA example report

Download an example of a PMA personal report.

PMA Lite report

Download an example of a PMA personal lite report.


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Why not take our PMALite skills assessment?

It only takes twenty minutes and you will receive a personal 1-page report once you have submitted your assessment.

Access PMA Lite.


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