APM Practitioner Qualification – your next step after the APM PMQ

APM Practitioner Qualification – your next step after the APM PMQ

If you are ready to progress your Project Management career and you have already completed the APM PMQ, then the APM Practitioner Qualification (PQ) is the next step for you.

The Practitioner Qualification is for relatively experienced professionals who can demonstrate an ability to manage a non-complex project. You should typically have at least 3 years’ experience and hold either the APM PMQ or demonstrate a good understanding of the APM Body of Knowledge with relevant Continuing Professional Development.

How is it assessed?

The PQ is based on a residential assessment focussing on:

  • Individual work: You will be expected to answer written questions based on a case study and answer a question regarding current issues in project management.
  • Group work: Working in groups you will be observed discussing and solving problems related to the case study.
  • Interview: Candidates will be interviewed by their assessors.

It assesses a candidate’s capability to manage a non-complex project across all aspects of the project lifecycle.

The assessment of the candidates’ capabilities takes place within the boundaries of a case study and is made against 30 assessment criteria.  Assessors are also looking for objective evidence of the desired behavioural characteristics of a project management professional, as defined in the APM Body of Knowledge (Version 6).

How can 20/20 help you prepare?

The APM PQ is not a course. What we do is to give you all the information and guidance that you need so that you are completely ready for the PQ Assessment.

The Assessment takes place over two and a half days and is designed to evaluate your experience in detail. 20/20’s experienced tutors and consultants give you the support you need to put you in the best possible place to achieve your PQ.

When you sign up for the APM PQ with 20/20, you will be given full guidance notes with all of the pre-requisites that you need to prepare. You will be asked to complete a self-assessment so that our tutors can help you frame your experience and articulate your career history to show you in the very best light.

We also ask for a project-based CV outlining your experience in Project Management with details of your responsibilities and involvement across the Project Life Cycle so that we can go over your past project and experience to again assist you in the Assessment. Our highly experienced tutors will be able to highlight areas that we think the Assessment Board will pick up on and help you prepare your answers.

Last Chance to Book

In October 2018, bookings will cease for the PQ, with the last courses taking place in March 2019.  It will be replaced with the “Project Professional Qualification” (PPQ).

The PPQ will give candidates a very similar qualification to the PQ, however the process and assessment is much longer.  To achieve the PPQ, candidates are required to pass three core modules and one elective module. Each module is a three-hour examination consisting of four questions based on a specific scenario.

Both qualifications cover core competencies of a Project Manager and both act as a foundation to become a Chartered Project Professional.

If you are thinking of completing your PQ, make your booking today to take advantage of the last courses running.

If you would like to talk to a member of our team regarding booking a PQ contact us at training@2020businessgroup.com or call us at +44 (0)808 168 2020.

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