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APM Qualifications Compared


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

  • APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
  • APM Project Professional Qualification 2nd edition (PPQ)

Note that PPQ is a Recognised Assessment for technical knowledge when applying via Route 1 for the APM Chartered Standard (ChPP) .  This is a simplified route to achieving ChPP


APM Qualifications compared

Qualification PFQ PMQ PPQ 2nd edtn
Original Title Introductory Certificate APMP -
SCQF level 6 7 9
Approximate prior experience None 2 - 4 years 5 - 6 years
Number of examinations 1 1 3
Total cost of online APM examination non-member fees (to 31 March 2024) £185 + VAT £459 + VAT £780 + VAT
Type of examination Online Online Online role play, oral and written report
Length of examination 1 hour 3 hours + 15 min Total of 2hrs 35 min.
Pass mark 60% 55% 50% in each assessment
What does the assessment test? Knowledge Knowledge and understanding Knowledge and its application
Type of questions Multiple choice Essay type Scenario based
Questions to be answered/on the written paper 60/60 10/16 1/1
Membership level attained from award Associate Associate Full