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Managing Your Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
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Continuing Professional Development

Now that you have earned APMP Certification, the most important thing you can do is to maintain it through continuing your professional development.

Continuing professional development is important because it:
  • Represents your commitment to your own continuing education.
  • Ensures that you are keeping up with the best practices and trends needed to maintain and increase your skills.
  • Improves your and your organization’s competitive edge.
  • Allows you to keep your certification(s) current by earning continuing education units (CEU) toward your certification renewal.

APMP CEUs Requirements

Once you have been certified, you must earn the following number of CEUs every 2 years:

CERTIFICATION LEVEL NUMBER OF CEUs REQUIRED EVERY 2 YEARS
Foundation 20
Practitioner 40
Professional 40

CEU compliance will be reviewed after the second anniversary of your current Certification level. The two-year period begins on your certification date, and ends two years after that date, at which point a new cycle begins.

Tracking CEUs

You are responsible for tracking your own CEUs. Your CEUs may periodically be audited by a representative from the APM Group Ltd., the organization that oversees the APMP Certification program.

The APMP member profile page on the APMP website has a feature that you can use to track CEUs online.

1. Login to www.apmp.org
2. On the right side of the screen, under "My Profile", select "Manage Profile"
3. Under the "Content & Features" heading, select "Professional Development"
4. Under the "Journal Entries" tab, click "Add Entry"
5. Complete the form to record your CEUs earned

 

How to Earn CEUs

The following tables provide a list of activities that the APMP currently recognizes as qualifying for CEUs:

INDEPENDENT LEARNING (LIMITED TO 12 CEUs PER 2-YEAR CYCLE)

Private study or structured reading on particular themes or topics.

Minimum 3-hour commitment. Subjects studied should be relevant to a business development environment, meet a specified purpose, and use reputable resources such as the APMP BOK, published works, or other media resources.

In 250 words or less, individuals should summarize the objectives for study, key learning points, number of hours spent, and reference material used.

Example: Researched APMP Body of Knowledge to develop template and instructions for better approach for proposal strategy reviews. Read Review Management chapter to learn the questions that should be answered in a content plan and created a checklist for use within my organization. Time spent: 3 hours.

3 CEUs

CLASSROOM OR ONLINE TRAINING
Training approved by APMP (1 CEU per classroom hour) 1 CEU per hour
E-learning approved by APMP, including APMP or Chapter webinars
(1 CEU per hour of online or offline study)
1 CEU per hour
Training, workshops, seminars, or courses by external organizations
(non-APMP commercial or educational organizations) or internal company training that relates to any aspect of the business development lifecycle. 1 CEU per training hour Sponsoring organization may document for participants the learning objectives of the training and key takeaways from the training. If the sponsoring organization has not documented the learning objectives and key takeaways the participant should record their own. Participants should enter this information in their record.
1 CEU per training hour

PREPARATION OF MATERIAL
Published articles that relate to any aspect of business development

Journals or newsletters for a professional organization, such as the APMP Journal and Perspective and APMP chapter publications. Articles must be a minimum of 1,000 words.

Authors should document the business development educational benefit of the article.
5 CEUs
Website material and blog moderation

Contributions to professional organizations’, commercial companies’, and nonprofit organizations’ website material and articles (including moderation of professional blogs for more than 3 months continuously). A professional blog is defined as a blog relating to business development.

Authors should document the educational benefit of web and blog material.
5 CEUs
Presentations at conferences

Business development-related presentation at a professional organization, commercial company, nonprofit organization conference, symposium, seminar, meeting, lecture, or workshop.

Presenters should document the educational benefit of the presentation.
10 CEUs
Published books that are publicly available for topics related to business development

Authors should provide the book’s name, relevance to business development, the publisher, and date of publication.
10 CEUs

CONTINUING EDUCATION THROUGH EVENT ATTENDANCE
Conference, symposium, seminar, or meeting conducted by a business development-related professional, commercial, or nonprofit organization (Max 5 CEUs per event) 1 CEU per active hour
International APMP conference (APMP’s Bid & Proposal Con)
15 CEUs
Local APMP chapter, or other business development professional body meeting
Full-day meeting
10 CEUs
Half-day meeting
5 CEUs
The sponsoring organization or participants should document the learning objectives and takeaways from the event.

Note: Individuals who attend a full event and are speakers at that event may claim both Event Attendance and Preparation of Materials CEUs. APMP events are preapproved.

SERVING THE PROFESSION AS A VOLUNTEER FOR EACH FULL YEAR (PRO RATA)
International APMP board member 20 CEUs
Local chapter APMP board member
15 CEUs
Volunteer to APMP task force or special committee
15 CEUs
Mentor for APMP Certification
15 CEUs
Document how volunteerism has improved your capabilities and the capabilities of others. CEUs are prorated for partial years.
Download a pdf of the APMP CEU Guidelines here.

Need Help?

If you require additional information or support, please contact the APMP Certification Program Director.

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