Depending on the Certification Level, it takes between one day and two weeks to prepare for each level.
Foundation-Level: Total Effort ~1—2 days
We recommend to spend about 1 day for your individual preparation, and then a Certification Workshop, offered by an Approved Training Organisation. These workshops are offered as inhouse training or as public workshops. They include the examination, and the result is communicated immediately after taking the exam. The online exam is only recommended for native English speakers with significant experience in the bid and proposal management environment.
Practitioner-Level: Total Effort ~10 days
Practitioner candidates should thoroughly brush up on their Foundation Level certification knowledge and use the Practitioner syllabus to study up on their weak areas and/or the Compendium (The Ultmate Bid and Proposal Compendium). We seriously recommend preparing for the test with an approved training organisation (ATO).
Professional-Level: Total Effort ~ 3—5 days
For the Professional Certification, the candidate develops a short presentation using a given template. For this so called PPIP (Proposal Professional Impact Paper), he/she will need about 2—4 days. The candidate will present his PPIP in a 45 minute interview. The assessors will also ask a series of specific questions to evaluate the communication skills of the candidate. The complete process including the assessment of the PPIP and the interview takes about 2—6 weeks.