The Association for Project Management, based in Princess Risborough in Buckinghamshire, has a significant role and presence in the definition of project management standards and is the primary project management association in the UK. It controls the syllabuses for a number of examinations; particularly relevant here, the Introductory Certificate and the APMP, Practitioner Qualification and specialist risk courses.

The APMP is a knowledge based qualification pitched as IPMA level D and is about the level of undergraduate. It is comparable in difficulty and content to PRINCE2 but it is more broad in its syllabus.

The topics that you will be tested on appear in sections of the APM Body of Knowledge. They are the topics that the APM consider to be pertinent to the modern project management role. You may of course already practice some or all of these, but recognise them with a different name or terminology. One of the key things to do is to make sure you adopt a consistent approach to ensure that you are in line with the expectation of the APM in these respects.

There are 37 topic areas, broken up into seven main subject areas:

  • project management in context
  • organisation and governance
  • techniques
  • business and commercial
  • planning the strategy
  • executing the strategy
  • people and profession.

The exam is three hours, written paper in which you will be required to answer 10 from 16 questions. The pass mark is 55%. For more information about APMP then visit the APM website or the APMP page on the Parallel project training website.