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APMP Updates Foundation Certification Program

Thursday, February 11, 2016   (1 Comments)
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Proposal professionals who want to demonstrate their mastery of the field can now learn the latest APMP endorsed, industry-standard terminology and best practices, thanks to an updated APMP Foundation Level Certification program.

The program was updated to create a more universal language that reflects the diversity of the business development, proposal and bid management, and production and graphics professions. The new APMP Body of Knowledge and APMP Glossary of Terms documents best practices and defines key terms as well as industry- and region-specific variants. This new, standard terminology makes APMP certification more accessible to more proposal professionals worldwide.

"This is the culmination of more than three years of work by over a 100 APMP industry volunteers who have had a single goal of creating an APMP Body of Knowledge that ties to a study guide that is used for testing questions that certifies the competency of a members globally,” said Rick Harris, APMP’s Executive Director.

The new APMP Certification study materials are vendor neutral, research-based, and a true representation of the industry standards and best practices, Harris added.  As part of the refresh, APMP examined certification competencies and updated new certification competencies to reflect new and emerging trends in the following areas:
  1. Persuasive Writing
  2. Graphics and Action Captions
  3. Virtual Team Management
The new exam is available online now at for those who are testing online. The new exam will fully replace the old exam on April 30, 2016

This means that professionals preparing for the new exam should rely on the APMP Study Guide (APMP BOK Edition), available in the APMP Store, and the APMP Glossary of Terms. The Glossary provides significant guidance to the exam’s updated terminology. ATOs may begin offering courses designed for the new exam immediately.

Professionals may still qualify under the old exam until April 30, 2016, undergo preparatory training for the old exam with ATOs, and purchase the old APMP Foundation Study Guide (based on the Shipley Proposal Guide, 3rd Edition) at the APMP Store.

Members who have been previously certified will not be affected because certifications based on either exam are equally valid.

"If you have your Foundation Certification under APMP’s legacy exam, there is no need to repeat it,” said Charlie Divine, APMP’s Director of Certification.  "The new exam and study materials represent a refresh of the existing exam and materials and you should still be looking at graduating to the next level of your professional development – APMP Practitioner Level Certification.”

For questions, contact Charlie Divine at


Shruthi Manoharan CF APMP says...
Posted Thursday, March 17, 2016
I agree to the three main areas of latest trends selected. Desired leadership style for team management is a good area to explore.