Get APMP certified!
APMP offers the world’s first Professional Certification Program for those working in a bid and proposal environment. The Program uses a process of examination and competency-based assessment, which is consistent and measured against worldwide best practice standards. With the Certification Program, employers provide their employees world-class bid and proposal management know-how, and they improve process quality.
There are three levels. Participants start at Foundation and advance to Practitioner, and then to Professional. Each level is tested in a different way, requires a minimum level of experience, and verification with a self-selected reference.
The Capture Practitioner (CAP APMP) is dedicated for opportunity/capture professionals.
As opposed to the Signature Certification Scheme (Foundation, Practitioner, Professional, and Capture Practitioner) that is designed to cover the entire spectrum of Bid and Proposal Managers’ tasks, each Micro-Certification is focused on a single topic.
So, APMP’s Micro-Certifications are targeted at all those who deal with this topic, whether or not they are Bid or Proposal Managers.
The APMP Foundation™-Level
The APMP Foundation-Level Certification is the entry level for the program. Candidates should have one to three years of experience. With the Foundation-Level, candidates demonstrate their knowledge of Best Practices
The APMP Foundation-Level is open to non-APMP members, too.
The APMP Practitioner™-Level
At APMP Practitioner level, participants must go beyond a basic understanding of concepts and terms and prove that they can also put these into practice comprehensively.
The APMP Practitioner-Level is for those with three to seven years experience. It is open to all APMP members who have achieved Foundation-Level.
The APMP Professional™-Level
This is the highest level. Professionals have made a significant impact on their own organisations or a significant contribution to the business development community.
The APMP Professional-Level is open to all APMP members who have achieved Practitioner-Level.
The APMP Micro-Certification
The purpose of an APMP Micro-Certification is to measure whether a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the APMP Body of Knowledge (BoK) to act as an informed member of a bid and proposal team with regards to the topic.
Association for Proposal Management Professionals
Through association and education, we provide our members access to tools, methods, processes, innovations, talent and specialised expertise that can directly improve the ability to acquire new business and to sustain growth and competitiveness in a dynamic and demanding marketplace.
Our membership is growing rapidly into an internationally recognised association with membership and corporate sponsors from a diverse range of disciplines and industries. Our members are committed to the pursuit of proposal excellence. Our journey has been one of promoting the professionalism of our members and shaping the future of the proposal profession.
See more about APMP on www.apmp.org.
The Certification brings many benefits for proposal managers as well as for companies and organisations.
The Professional Certification Program uses a process of competency assessment that is consistent and fair as well as measured against world best practice standards.
The APMP Certification Program is available for a broad target group. The preconditions depend on the certification level.
Signature Certifications (Foundation, Practitioner, Professional, Capture Practitioner):
In order to maintain an active certification status and to satisfy CPD program requirements and, once you are certified to any level, you must earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through carrying out activities that will improve and broaden your skills and personal development. As long as you are able to evidence that you have earned the right number of CEUs for your certification level, the APMP will continue to endorse your achievement.
There are no CEU/CPD requirements for APMP's Micro-Certifications.
Depending on the Certification Level, it takes between one day and two weeks to prepare for each level.
Unless the candidate does not submit an appeal, he can retake the examination again after six months.
To offer Certification training and preparation workshops, the training provider needs to be an „Approved Training Organisation“ (ATO) of APMP. In Europe, there are currently four ATOs.
Signature Exams (Foundation, Practitioner, Professional, Capture Practitioner):
The examination fees vary between EUR 372 (USD 425 or GBP 310) and EUR 843 (USD 900 or GBP 756), depending on the Certification Level. The fees for the individual preparation support or certification training depend on the training provider.
The exam fees for Micro-Certifications start from USD 150 (EUR 151 or GBP 131).
A summary of the most important topics can be found here:
"APMP Certification - all you need to know."
The complete documentation on the APMP Certification Program can be found on the APMP website.
The official documentation is the Body of Knowledge, a wiki-style knowledge base on APMP's website.
Although not mandatory, but highly recommended, you should consider The Ultimate Bid and Proposal Compendium.