Become APMP Certified
APMP offers the world’s first, best and only industry recognized Certification Program for professionals working in a bid and proposal environment. APMP certification is the global standard for developing and demonstrating proposal management competency. Achieving APMP Certification:
- Demonstrates your personal commitment to your career and profession
- Improves your business development capabilities
- Creates a focus on best practices for your team
- Gains you the respect and credibility of your peers, clients and your organization’s leaders and, in some cases, additional compensation.
- Reinforces bid/proposal management as an important role within your organization and not an ad hoc function that anyone can do
Read an overview of the APMP Certification Program:
Your APMP Certification Plan
Use this table to see what level of APMP Certification you could achieve at your current experience in the industry. Each level builds on the one before and everyone must start at Foundation before advancing to Practitioner and Professional.
|If You Are A||You Should Have|
Junior level proposal professional with 1-3 years’ experience
You have demonstrated an extensive knowledge and understanding of best practices.
Proposal professionals with 3 or more years’ experience
You have demonstrated a mastery of how to apply best practices and lead others in their use.
Proposal professionals with 7 or more years’ experience
You have made a significant contribution to your organization and/or the profession. In addition you have proven leadership and communications skills.
APMP Certification Levels, Exam Types and Costs
Each level is assessed in a different way and each requires a minimum level of experience and uses a process of examination, competency based assessment, which is consistent and measured against worldwide best practice standards 1,2.
|APMP Certification||Type of Assessment||Cost*|
One hour, open book, multiple choice exam
Assessment of documented experience through essay questions. No time limit.
Assessment of impact presentation and communication and leadership skills in an interview setting
*Does not include face-to-face our online prep course fees offered by APMP and APMP’s Approved training Organizations.
Your certification is maintained by earning Continuing Education units every 2 years. Download the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Guidelines below for additional information about CEU requirements.Certification Designations Provide Recognition
In October 2013 the APMP Board of Directors approved the following new APMP certification designations.
Members and Fellows Designations
|Past Members and Fellows Designations that Were Replaced||Members Accredited*|
(APMP Member and Fellow)
(Certified Foundation, APMP Member)
CF APMP Fellow
(Certified Foundation, APMP Member and Fellow)
(Certified Practitioner, APMP Member)
CP APMP Fellow
(Certified Practitioner, APMP Member and Fellow)
(Accredited Practitioner Member)
(Accredited Practitioner Fellow)
(Certified Proposal Professional, APMP Member)
CPP APMP Fellow
(Certified Proposal Professional, APMP Member and Fellow)
(Proposal Professional Member)
(Proposal Professional Fellow)
* As of August 2014
Register for APMP Certification
to register and pay for the APMP-Foundation™ Level Examination.
to register and pay for the APMP-Practitioner™ Level Assessment.
to register and pay for the APMP-Professional™ Level Assessment.
1 The 2002 APMP Benchmark Study and the Business Development –Capability Maturity Model (BD-CMM) are the basis for the international Bid/Proposal Manager competency standards. Capability Maturity Model and CMM are registered trademarks of the Carnegie Melon Software Engineering Institute
2 The APMP Certification program is administered by The APM Group Ltd. for APMP. The APM Group is a leading Accreditation, Certification and Qualification organization recognized internationally by government agencies.
For more information, contact CertificationDirector@apmp.org.