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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 either of the lower-level qualifications, the Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) or the Project Management Qualification (PMQ), is not a necessary pre-requisite for taking the PPQ.

The APM Project Professional Qualification 2nd edition assessment is based on a pre-seen case study and is divided into three parts: a scenario role-play assessment, an oral exam assessment and a written report.

The MSC has applied to APM for accreditation to offer this new course.  For the moment, we are inviting potential candidates to contact us with an expression of interest.  This may be done by filling in a module course booking form or an email via the contact page.

The MSC approach to preparing delegates for PPQ is to devise a flexible arrangement that fits the needs both of those who have passed PMQ and those who haven't.

For those that have not passed PMQ or do not have the required knowledge,  it is advised that delegates first take the online PMQ training - eight flipped-learning webinars; they do not need to take the PMQ examination. In these webinars, the MSC continues to teach calculation in topics such as Net Present Value (NPV) - because science or engineering requires basic numeracy to understand such topics and how to apply them properly.

For those who have passed PMQ , the extra knowledge required for PPQ is small.  So additional material (such as ethics) is included in the MSC BoK7 PMQ Study Guide. The PPQ challenge is to adjust to the new assessment criteria - critically evaluate, critically analyse and demonstrate.

There are three PPQ assessments lasting a total 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 with:

  • evaluation by tutor of written work submitted by the delegate - based on the APM Sample Questions, plus
  • individual or small-group (2 - 4) tutorials to discuss written work, develop oral, case study analysis, report writing and presentation skills, plus 
  • 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