Covering the core and specific competences project professionals require across all areas of the profession, PPQ is the most comprehensive assessment of professional project management capability available.
Who is this qualification for?
The APM Project Professional Qualification is aimed at any project professional either:
- as a next step after taking the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ);
- Or if they have around 5-7 years of experience as a project professional;
- Or if they want to step up to more difficult projects and demonstrate their readiness to do so.
For those considering chartered (ChPP) status in the future, the new PPQ is a recognised qualification for route 1.
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.
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