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APM PPQ - Project Professional Qualification

APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

The PPQ is an upward progression from the Project Management Qualification (PMQ) on the route to becoming a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP). Passing the lower-level qualification, the Project Management Qualification (PMQ), is not a necessary pre-requisite for taking the PPQ; however, an equivalent level of knowledge and understanding should have been reached.

The APM Project Professional Qualification 2nd edition assessments are carried out online and are based on a pre-seen case study. The sample case study - Whiteline - is 28 pages long and requires the candidate to assume the role of project manager and to fully understand the situation. The examination case study is sent out 4 weeks prior to the day of the assessments to allow sufficient time for this to be carried out.  There are three assessments: a scenario role-play assessment, an oral exam assessment and a written report.


The MSC approach to preparing you for PPQ is to devise a flexible arrangement of online webinars that fits your needs; flexible in terms of allowing you to spread your learning over one or more courses and to defer if there are pressures of work.

For those who have passed PMQ recently , the extra knowledge required for PPQ is small.  Additional material is included in the MSC BoK7 PMQ Study Guide and also presented in two webinars on Ethics and Professionalism, and Differences between BoK6 and BoK7. The PPQ challenge is to adjust to the new assessment criteria - critically evaluate, critically analyse and demonstrate - a major step-up from those in PMQ.

For those who have not passed PMQ or who feel rusty about their knowledge , you are recommended, prior to PPQ, to take the online PMQ training spread over four mornings, but not take the PMQ examination.

There are three PPQ assessments lasting a total of 2 hours 35 minutes, which are based on a pre-seen case-study:

  • Scenario - role-play - 20 minutes plus 10 minutes preparation.
  • Oral exam - 50 minutes.
  • Written report - 60 minutes plus 15 minutes preparation.

Support from the MSC will be provided online to develop skills of critical analysis, critical evaluation and demonstration. This will be done through:

  • evaluation by the MSC tutor of written work submitted by the delegate - based on the APM Sample Questions, plus
  • individual or small-group tutorials conducted by webinar to discuss written work, develop oral, case study analysis, report writing and presentation skills - all based on the APM sample assessments.
  • access to the MSC MOODLE site containing podcasts, quizzes, copies of presentation slides used for PMQ. Extra material will be developed for PPQ.

APM documentation can be accessed here:

View the PPQ Syllabus  
Candidate Guidance
Assessment Specification
Exam Techniques
Sample Case Study

Sample Oral Exam Questions 1
Sample Oral Exam Questions 2

Candidate Brief Scenario 1
Candidate Brief Scenario 2
Candidate Brief Scenario 3

Candidate Brief Report 1
Candidate Brief Report 2
Candidate Brief Report 3

PPQ Online Training - for those with PMQ - includes APM PPQ examination

This course is available to those who have recently reached PMQ or equivalent standard. Four morning sessions include eight online webinars devoted to PPQ examination preparation. Written work is submitted to the tutor for assessment. Additional webinars/tutorials will be scheduled as required. 

Total cost is £1435 + VAT which includes the APM PPQ exam fee  of £705 + VAT.


PPQ Online Training plus PMQ Accelerated Training plus PPQ online exam

This course is for those rusty on their PMQ knowledge. It contains the PPQ online course plus eight online accelerated learning webinars for PMQ. Cost is £1785 + VAT and includes the APM PPQ examination fee of £705 + VAT.


2021 Schedule

APM have announced assessment dates in 2021 in three batches:

Assessment dates February 8, 17, 23, March 5 June 7, 15, 23, July 1 October 4, 13, 21, 29
Delivery of exam case study 4 weeks in advance January 11 to February 5 May 10 to June 3 September 6 to October 1
Latest date for submision to APM of exam request January 4 to 29 April 30 to May 27 August 27 to September 24

During 2021 APM have introduced additional dates to meet demand, so do monitor their website for up-to-date information -