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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:
U.S. brochure
European brochure


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 AYou Should Have

Junior level proposal professional with 1-3 years’ experience

Foundation Certification

You have demonstrated an extensive knowledge and understanding of best practices.

Proposal professionals with 3 or more years’ experience

Practitioner Certification

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

Professional Certification

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 CertificationType of AssessmentCost*


One hour, open book, multiple choice exam

$400 USD*


Assessment of documented experience through essay questions. No time limit.

$650 USD*


Assessment of impact presentation and communication and leadership skills in an interview setting

$850 USD

*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 ReplacedMembers Accredited*
No CertificationAPMP
(APMP Member)

APMP Fellow
(APMP Member and Fellow)


(Certified Foundation, APMP Member)

CF APMP Fellow
(Certified Foundation, APMP Member and Fellow)

(Accredited Member)

(Accredited 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)

(Certified Proposal Professional, APMP Member and Fellow)

(Proposal Professional Member)

(Proposal Professional Fellow)


* As of November 2014

Register for APMP Certification

Click here to register and pay for the APMP-Foundation™ Level Examination.
Click here to register and pay for the APMP-Practitioner™ Level Assessment.
Click here 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.

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Additional General Certification Information

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This collection of documents provides general information and support for the Certification Program
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
All APMP Certification e-Brochures PDF (867.6 KB) Administration 7/2/2013
APMP Certification Overview PDF (136.98 KB) Administration 7/2/2013
Why Your Company Invest in Certification PDF (105.03 KB) Administration 7/4/2013
Benefits Organizations & Individuals PDF (248.3 KB)  more ] Administration 5/16/2013
APMP Certification Program FAQ PDF (557.24 KB)  more ] Administration 8/23/2013
Certification Syllabus PDF (307.29 KB)  more ] Administration 5/16/2013
APMP Certification ROI Calculator XLSX (28 KB)  more ] Administration 5/16/2013
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