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APM Qualifications Compared


APM now offers three main examination-based qualifications in project management:

  • APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) - formerly known as the Introductory Certificate
  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) - formerly known as APMP
  • APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

and one competence-based qualification in project management:

  • APM Practitioner Qualification (PQ)

Which is the right one for you?


APM Qualifications compared

Qualification PFQ PMQ PPQ PQ
Original Title Introductory Certificate APMP - Practitioner
SCQF level 6 7
IPMA level D C
Prior project management experience None Some - but not essential 3 to  5 years typically, plus PMQ or equivalent 3 years plus PMQ or understanding
Number of examinations 1 1 4 Residential assessment
Total cost of APM examination non-member fees £130 (online) + VAT £380 + VAT £1440 + VAT
Type of examination Online Written Written Individual work, Group work and Interview
Length of examination (hrs) 1 3 3
Pass mark 60% 55% 60%
What does the assessment test? Knowledge Knowledge and understanding Knowledge and its application

Capability to manage a non complex project

Type of questions Multiple choice Essay type Scenario based Case study based
Questions to be answered/on the paper 60/60 10/16 4/4
Membership level attained from award Associate Associate Full Full