The APM Project Management Qualification – APM PMQ

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If you are already working as a project manager then you may already have come across the suite of professional PM qualifications from the UK-based Association for Project Management (APM). These professional project management qualifications are aimed at anyone involved in projects from project support staff and new project managers right through to project, programme and portfolio managers with many years' experience managing complex projects, programmes and portfolios.

It's well known that professional qualifications in any field can help to boost career prospects and even lead to a salary increase so following a recognised route to PM excellence will open up new career opportunities. Many companies will only employ qualified project managers in a bid to improve their project success rate.


Experience Required

Ideal for project managers who already have 2-3 years project management experience

Examination Type

The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is an examination-based qualification.

Exam Duration

The APM Project Management Qualification examination paper is scenario based and lasts 3 hours

APM Body of Knowledge

Provides the foundation for the successful delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios.

APM Project Management Training Options

Distance Learning With Prep Day And Exam

  • Ideal for a project manager establishing a professional career
  • 336 page APM study guide
  • 8 online e-Learning modules
  • Online study group for remote support
  • 33 podcasts
  • Exam prep day and exam with Parallel tutor included

Six Week Virtual APM PMQ course

  • 6-weekly virtual webinars
  • 336 page APM study guide
  • 8 online e-Learning modules
  • Online study group for remote support
  • 33 podcasts
  • Exam prep day and exam with Parallel tutor included
  • 6-weekly 2-hour weekly webinars with homework
  • Mock exam

5-day class room APM PMQ

  • For a project manager establishing a professional career who wants a classroom course
  • 336 page APM study guide
  • 8 online e-Learning modules
  • Online study group for remote support
  • 33 podcasts
  • 5-day classroom training
  • Practice questions every evening
  • APM PMQ Exam on the last day of the course


The APM PMQ was previously known as the APMP but in October 2016 the Association for Project Management renamed several of their well-established qualifications to emphasise the progressive nature of those qualifications.

The topics that need to be studied to pass the APM PMQ exam, course materials and other study materials, however, have not been changed. So, if you were planning to embark on a course for the APMP (or, indeed, have already started studying for the APMP) then it is simply a name change.

Aa with all APM qualifications the APM PMQ incorporate a mix of tools, techniques, processes and skills that demonstrate candidates' project management achievements. It is an examination-based qualification that covers both general and specific capabilities that professionals require across all areas of project management.


There are specific learning outcomes for the AMP PMQ qualification to ensure PM principles can be applied to a project.

  • Develop a business case for the project
  • Understand the benefits of the project
  • Define the different roles in the project
  • Describe the difference between a project, programme and portfolio
  • Establish a formal project lifecycle
  • Prepare a project management plan
  • Describe how project managers lead and develop teams
  • Describe how to control a project
  • Describe how to apply earned value management


The APM PMQ is typically taught as part of a 5-day classroom course that includes a study guide written by Parallel Project Training in partnership with the APM. It is also usually backed up by various other learning techniques such as case studies, podcasts, videos etc. and may be supported by online tutors and online communities.

Most training providers recommend 10-15 hours of independent study prior to the course in order to gain maximum benefit from the classroom study. This can be done using either the printed study guide, podcasts or videos.

APM PMQ official study guide written by Parallel Project Training


The topic areas covered for the APM Project Management Qualification are all as described in the APM Body of Knowledge:

Context and Environments – How projects fit within the wider business environment. How they transform business-as-usual operations and support strategic change within an organisation.

Organisations and Project Structures – Project teams need clear roles and responsibilities if the project is to succeed so key responsibilities of the project manager, sponsor, user and project office are all covered.

Project Lifecycles – What is the typical APM project lifecycle and what are the benefits of adopting a standard project lifecycle with particular emphasis on project reviews and capturing lessons learned.

Organisation and Governance - The principles of project governance are explained and the way in which a standard project management method supports project governance.

Communication – The contents and structure of a good communications plan and the factors affecting communications are covered, in addition to stakeholder identification and management to aid effective communication.

Conflict and Negotiation – A key skill for all project managers is conflict resolution through negotiation.

Leadership and team work - People deliver projects so building successful project teams is a key skill, which requires the project manager to develop effective leadership and motivational capabilities.

Scope Management – Managing project scope via documented requirements and change management, and understanding the benefits of scope management.

Planning for Success - Planning a project from the initial statement of the business case through to the detailed project management plan.

Scheduling and resource management - Detailed project planning and estimating techniques, creating and communicating a schedule, managing and allocating resources. Budgeting and cost management, including the use of earned value management, are also covered.

Risk Management - The risk management process including risk response planning and the benefits of risk management.

Quality Management - The practical application of quality management in the project environment including quality planning, assurance, control and continuous improvement.

Procurement – For a project to succeed suppliers have to be found and worked with effectively. The role of a procurement strategy in project delivery and the different forms of contractual relationship and payment types are covered.


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