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APMP Announces Update to Practitioner Certification Coming Online in January 2019

Wednesday, October 17, 2018   (0 Comments)
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(Washington, DC) October 17, 2018 – The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP®) announced last week at its APMP UK Chapter Conference that it will be launching a refresh to its Practitioner certification program. The new Practitioner exam will be live and online January 22, 2019.  

The existing 33-question APMP Practitioner Assessment will be phased out and eventually replaced by the new APMP Practitioner Objective Testing Exam (OTE) that will test the experience of the bid and proposal professional and how they apply that experience to a scenario during a two-and-a-half-hour online exam.   

 Those currently taking the existing Practitioner Assessment will have until July 22, 2019, six months after the release of the new Practitioner OTE, to finish the legacy assessment.

 “We’re updating our Practitioner certification program because our members have been telling us for a while that they want a new exam that focuses on study, testing and is based on industry experience,” said Rick Harris, Executive Director of APMP.  “We are pilot testing the exam now and can’t wait to debut it on January 22, 2019,” he said.   

 Here’s what APMP members can expect in the new Practitioner OTE:

 1)      Scenario Based -- Members will be asked to read a detailed scenario and apply their experience in the bid and proposal industry to answer a series of questions.  Exam participants will have to think their way through the Practitioner OTE while applying APMP’s best practices as published in its Body of Knowledge.

2)      Challenging -- The Practitioner OTE is significantly more challenging than APMP’s introductory Foundation Level exam and it is supposed to be.  Not only do participants need to know industry best practices, but they also must know how to apply their knowledge to test their experience. It has been specifically designed for professionals who have been in the industry for three or more years.  It is not recommended for industry newcomers.

3)      New Format -- The new exam is online-based and must be completed with an online proctor at Proctor University.

4)      Length -- The Practitioner OTE is a 2.5-hour exam taken entirely online.

5)      This is the APMP Certification to Earn – Because the exam is designed to test the participant’s experience, it will give employers comfort in knowing that those who hold an APMP Practitioner exam are highly qualified job candidates.  APMP members should strive to earn the Practitioner Certification because it truly measures what a professional knows and how to apply that knowledge in a bid and proposal setting.  The APMP Foundation exam tests what you know about the industry and best practices.  The Practitioner OTE tests what you know about bids and proposals and how to apply those best practices.

 “It is important that this exam is challenging,” said Jamie Ninneman, Chair of APMP.  “It is testing knowledge and experience application for seasoned industry professionals,” he said.

 Anyone holding APMP’s legacy Practitioner certification, need not worry. Both the legacy and the new Practitioner OTE will be recognized in the exact same way.  Those holding the legacy Practitioner certification will not be asked to take the new Practitioner OTE.  However, after July 22, 2019, APMP will only offer the new Practitioner OTE to its members.

Please contact if you have questions about the new APMP Practitioner OTE. 


APMP is a 501c6 non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and is dedicated to advance the arts, sciences, and technologies of new business acquisition of its more than 8,200 members and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in those pursuits.