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APMP Certification Program

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 a personal commitment to a career and profession.
  • Improves business development capabilities.
  • Creates a focus on best team practices.
  • Gains the respect and credibility of peers, clients and organizational leaders and, in some cases, additional compensation.
  • Reinforces bid/proposal management as an important role within an organization and not as an ad hoc function that anyone can perform.

To learn more about our certification program in Europe, please download this brochure

Your APMP Certification Plan

See which level of APMP Certification you can achieve, based on your industry experience. Each level builds on the prior level, and everyone must start at Foundation before advancing to Practitioner and Professional.

If You Are A You Should Have

Proposal professionals with 1 to 3 years’ experience

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Foundation Certification

Demonstrates an extensive knowledge and understanding of best practices.

Proposal professionals with 3 to 7 years’ experience

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Practitioner Certification

Demonstrates a mastery of how to apply best practices and lead others in their use.

Proposal professionals with 7 or more years’ experience

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Professional Certification

Demonstrates significant contributions to an organization and/or the profession, as well as proven leadership and communications skills.

APMP Certification Levels, Exam Types and Costs

Each level is assessed in a different way, requires a minimum level of experience, and uses a process of examination and 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

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Two-and-a-half hour, online-only Objective Testing Examination (OTE)

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

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*Fees do not include face-to-face or online prep course fees offered by APMP and APMP’s Approved Training Organizations.

APMP certification is maintained by earning continuing education units (CEUs) every two years. Learn more about maintaining certification and CEUs.

Certification Designations Provide Recognition

APMP certification is recognized by the following designations.

Level APMP
Members and Fellows Designations
Members Accredited To Date*
No Certification APMP
(APMP Member)

APMP Fellow
(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)




(Certified Proposal Professional, APMP Member)

(Certified Proposal Professional, APMP Member and Fellow)


* as of August 2019

Register for APMP Certification

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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 Mellon 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.

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
Why Your Company Invest in Certification PDF (105.03 KB) Administration 7/4/2013
Benefits to Organizations & Individuals PDF (391.52 KB)  more ] Administration 5/22/2017
Certification Syllabus PDF (405.28 KB)  more ] Administration 4/10/2019
APMP Certification Program FAQ PDF (783.46 KB)  more ] Administration 4/17/2019