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APMP Practitioner-Level Certification

IMPORTANT 2019/06/11

Go live date for the new Practitioner OTE is fast approaching so submit your PPAQ before the deadline

APMP Practitioner Certification will move to the new Practitioner Objective Test Examination (OTE) on the 22nd July.

If you are currently considering, or in the process of completing the existing Practitioner PPAQ then this is a hurry up call to get it completed and submitted before the 22nd July cut over date.

After that time the only way to gain Practitioner Certification will be by taking the new Practitioner examination. No exceptions will be made, so if you have not submitted your PPAQ by July 22, 2019, you will be asked to take the new exam.

If you have already registered and paid, just not completed and submitted your PPAQ, your payment will remain good for the new exam.

If you are trying to complete your PPAQ within the time frame consider setting yourself a goal to complete a number of competencies each week with your evidence.

Today, if you complete at least 6 a week, that is less than one a day, you will complete your PPAQ within the time that remains.

Remember, if you choose not to sit for the new APMP Practitioner OTE Exam, you must have your APMP Practitioner PPAQ in no later than July 22, 2019. There will not be any exceptions.

Please e-mail questions to

Demonstrate Hands-On Mastery of Best Practices at the APMP-Practitioner Level

Practitioners demonstrate through a rigorous review of their experience record that they can successfully apply best practices in the workplace.

APMP Members Are Winning!

How to Prepare Your PPAQ is now available, free, to APMP members
on the APMP site

Ready to advance to Practitioner? The APMP Practitioner Tutorial—complete with tips and example completed PPAQ provides guidance to make it easier for you to receive your APMP Practitioner Certification. Check out this link for details.


Why You Should Pursue Practitioner Level?

APMP-Practitioner  Level Certification demonstrates to peers, clients and managers that:

  1. You are committed to improving your professional skills through a rigorous review of your experience record against the global standard.
  2. You have a mastery of best practices and can effectively lead/coach teams in their use.
  3. You can build and manage a cohesive team that can communicate a consistent winning strategy and positively impact the customer’s decision.
  4. You are positioned to be among the top in your profession.

The Practitioner Certification level is appropriate for experienced proposal professionals with three of more years in profession. Practitioner candidates often have a leadership role in their organizations.

Qualifying for Practitioner

Practitioners not only have shown extensive knowledge of best practices, but also have demonstrated against global standards that they can both apply them individually and lead teams in their use.

To earn Practitioner Certification you must:

  1. Be a current APMP member who has achieved APMP-Foundation Level status.
  2. Have three years experience in a bid and proposals environment.
  3. Provide a reference who can verify your experience and support a random check of the evidence you supply in your Proposal Practitioner Assessment Questionnaire (PPAQ).
  4. Prepare and submit online the PPAQ providing evidence to substantiate your application at this level.

The APMP Practitioner Assessment Format

Unlike Foundation Level, there is not an exam for APMP’s Practitioner Level Certification. Instead you complete a 35 question Proposal Practitioner Assessment Questionnaire (PPAQ). Completing the PPAQ provides objective evidence from your professional experience record to substantiate your Practitioner level application. A certified assessor evaluates your PPAQ against the Practitioner Standards and Guidelines then performs a random check of evidence with your reference. Think of it as an RFP response on your own experience with no time limit. You may take as long as you like to complete it.

Preparing Your Proposal Practitioner Assessment Questionnaire

APMP offers an easy-to-follow online training program specifically designed to help you complete the PPAQ. The tutorial is available over the web, 24x7, so participants can work through the PPAQ at their own pace.

The tutorial has 10 detailed chapters that guide you through the entire process from preparing your PPAQ, to submitting your PPAQ online. Start with your most comfortable competencies identified in a self-assessment and then tackle more challenging competencies as you master the approach. See example competency responses and hear how to handle the challenging areas. You will receive on-going support from the Director of Certification and Mentors. Expect to spend a 15 to 20 hours completing the questionnaire if you carefully follow the instructions in the Tutorial. You may also choose not to take the tutorial and work through the PPAQ alone.

For More Information

If you have any other questions about the preparing your Practitioner PPAQ contact Rick Harris at

Register for APMP Practitioner Level Certification

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

Additional Practitioner Certification Information

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This collection of documents provides general information and support for the Certification Program Practitioner level.
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Candidate Guide to Booking APMP Practitioner Exams PDF (1.7 MB) Administration 6/24/2019
Practitioner FAQ PDF (220.66 KB) Administration 3/13/2019
Advancing to Practitioner Certification PDF (404.02 KB)  more ] Administration 5/23/2013
Certification Syllabus PDF (405.28 KB) Administration 4/10/2019
Example of a Completed PPAQ DOCX (399.3 KB) Administration 9/11/2013
Word Version Practitioner PPAQ DOCX (91.5 KB)  more ] Administration 5/16/2013
PPAQ Standards and Guidelines PDF (175.95 KB)  more ] Administration 5/16/2013
Text version "How to Complete your PPAQ" DOCX (743.62 KB) Administration 7/26/2013