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

After July 22, 2019, the way to earn your APMP Practitioner certification is through the association’s new Practitioner Objective Testing Examination (OTE). The legacy Practitioner PPAQ will no longer be accepted.

The APMP Practitioner OTE assesses the knowledge and skills that demonstrate proficiency in proposal and bid management based on the APMP Competency Framework and Syllabus.

The Practitioner OTE is a 2.5-hour, online exam that involves:

  • A provided scenario
  • Questions (about the scenario) that have been designed to test your knowledge and understanding of APMP best practices at two recognized learning levels
  • Your experience combined with the APMP approach as laid out in the APMP Body of Knowledge (BOK)


Candidates for the Practitioner-level certification must be APMP members in good standing and have earned the APMP Foundation-level Certification.

Candidates must also have at least three years' experience in the bid and/or proposal field.

Prepare for the Exam

Read the APMP Practitioner OTE Preparation Guide (version 1.3) to learn more about:

  • how to prepare for the exam
  • what to expect before, during, and after the exam
  • advice regarding how to take the exam

Watch this free, one-hour webinar presented by Tony Birch, CPP APMP Fellow and chair of Shipley Ltd, about the ins-and-outs of taking this Objective Training Exam. You can also download the slides.

Practice for the Exam

After reviewing the Preparation Guide, you may practice the exam online. It is a 2.5-hour exam, just like the real exam, and will help you understand the layout and OTE exam nuances. You can take the sample exam by visiting this webpage and selecting "APMP Practitioner" from the dropdown menu.

Book your Exam

After reading the guide and taking the practice exam, you will need to schedule a time to sit for the exam.

Click the button below, then on the page that opens find APMP's Practitioner exam in the left column:

Book a time


Find the Certification Price List here.

There may be an additional cost if you choose to participate in an APMP Practitioner Orientation Session presented by one of APMP’s recognized Approved Training Organizations. Search the APMP Event Calendar for Practitioner orientation sessions available currently.


If you have additional questions on the APMP Practitioner OTE that are not answered in the Preparation Guide, please reach out to us here.