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APM Practitioner Qualification – your next step after the APM PMQ

If you are serious about your Project Management career and you have already done the APM PMQ, then the APM Practitioner Qualification is probably the next step for you. Here, we outline what exactly the PQ is, who it is for and how you can achieve the grade.

What is the Practitioner Qualification?

The Practitioner Qualification (IPMA Level C) is based on a residential assessment and is recognised nationally and internationally through the APM’s association with the IPMA (International Project Management Association).

Who is the Practitioner Qualification for?

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

What is assessed?

You will be assessed against 30 criteria (click on the link to see the 30 criteria) and need to demonstrate that you can:
  • Understand project context and the overall business case;
  • Effectively apply project management planning;
  • Apply a risk management process competently to the project;
  • Optimise project plans to respond to a major change;
  • Monitor project progress and take suitable controlling action;
  • Plan and conduct a suitable post project evaluation review;
  • Work effectively as a team member.

How is it assessed?

Qualification is achieved through a residential assessment focusing 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.

How can I prepare for the PQ Assessment?
The APM PQ is not a course. What we do is to give you all of 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 delve fully into your experience. Going into this assessment without guidance or help from accredited tutors is a sure fire way to fail, whereas signing up with 20|20 and linking up with our hugely experienced tutors and consultants gives you the support and back-up team to put you in the best possible place to pass.

When you sign up for the APM PQ with 20|20 Business Insight, 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.