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APM PPQ - Project Professional Qualification

APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

The APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) is an exam-based qualification that tests both knowledge and application of that knowledge across a range of core competencies described in the APM Competency Framework 2nd edition.

It is an upward progression from the Project Management Qualification (PMQ) on the route to becoming a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP). Passing either of the lower-level qualifications, the Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) or the Project Management Qualification (PMQ), is not a necessary pre-requisite for taking the PPQ.

APM is updating the APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) this Summer. Examinations for the current version must be booked before July 31st 2020. Candidates will have until December 2021 to complete their course.

We await details of the APM Project Professional Qualification 2nd edition (PPQ 2nd edition). The MSC iintends to apply to APM for accreditation to offer this new course.  For the moment, we are inviting potential candidates to contact us with an expression of interest.  This may be done by filling in a module course booking form or an email via the contact page.

The knowledge required for PPQ is currently not much greater than for PMQ.  So the MSC PMQ Study Guide (BoK7) includes this extra material.

The PMQ examination now excludes calculations, but the MSC intends to keep teaching these at PMQ training sessions.  Why?

  • Many delegates trained as Scientists or Engineers, tend to see calculation as a way of understanding the process being implemented.
  • Calculation was required in PPQ 1st edition examinations.

We plan that delegates may take the PMQ training without preparing for and taking the PMQ exam. Instead they will be able to continue to workshops (either online or by webinar) to prepare for the PPQ examinations. 

Module 1 - Professionalism and managing others

Ethics, compliance and professionalism, team management, conflict management, leadership.


Module 2 - Planning and Control

Risk opportunity and issue management, schedule management, resource management, budgeting and cost control, consolidated planning.


Module 3 - Governance

Governance arrangements, stakeholder and communications management, reviews, change control, business case.


Module 4 - Project Management

Procurement, contract management, requirements management, solutions management, quality management.