APM QualificationsPosted on: 17th November 2015
If you’re not sure which qualification is right for you, then download a sample exam paper for both APM PFQ and APM PMQ from our website. See how you get on, and let this give you guidance. If you need further support please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The qualifications will demonstrate to your employer, clients and suppliers that you are a skilled and committed project professional. Both qualifications are aligned with IPMA’s 4 level Certification Programme and provide recognition throughout the world.
APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)
Key elements of the project management lifecycle covering knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge, including planning and scheduling, communication, teamwork, resource management, project risk management and project reviews.
The exam is on the afternoon of day two. It’s 1 hour long and based on 60 multiple choice questions. You’ll need to get 60% to pass.
There will be an invigilator during the exam who will check your ID from a driving license, passport or company Id card. Ensure you arrive 1 hour before the start of the exam to prepare yourself and book in with the invigilator.
Tips for taking the exam: Consider two or three passes through the exam paper. Pass 1: Work through the questions answering everything you know and leaving everything you don’t know, or not sure about. Pass 2: Focus on the questions you’re not sure about and give them a go. Pass 3: Attempt the questions you don’t know. If you answer the question, you may get it right and get a mark. If you don’t answer all the questions you’ll miss an opportunity to get marks for those questions.
Only accredited training organisations can offer the online option. You can take the APM Fundamentals exam online at home using your computer anytime 24/7, 360 days of the year. You’ll be required to logon to an online proctoring system “ProctorU”, where using your computers camera you’ll be monitored for compliance during the exam. On completion of the exam your results will be submitted to you, and a verified result and electronic certificate will be sent to you within three working days if successful.
APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
The APMP syllabus assesses breadth of knowledge in all areas of project management and covers knowledge areas from the APM Body of Knowledge including budgeting and cost management, conflict management, communication, earned value management, leadership, negotiation, procurement, sponsorship and teamwork.
The exam is taken on the afternoon of day five. There are two options: Option 1 – You’re not a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner, therefore you’ll take the 3 hour paper and answer 10 out of 16 questions. Option 2 – You are a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner therefore you’ll be offered a 2 hour paper that recognises prior learning, and answer 6 from 10 questions.
During the course you’ll get homework with practice questions designed to familiarise you with their style. The trainer will go through your answers and provide advise towards making improvements.
This option is not currently available for the PMQ.