APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) Excluding Assessment

The Project Professional Qualification from the Association for Project Management is the next steps after the APM Project Management Qualification. It is ideal for project managers seeking to become a full member of the APM (MAPM) or progress toward Chartered Project Professional following route 1 (recognised assessment). This course includes the coaching necessary to prepare for the APM PPQ assessment. The assessment itself is booked directly with the APM via their website.


This three-day coaching session builds on the knowledge acquired in the APM Project Management Qualification and forms a bridge to Chartered Project Professional and full membership of the APM. It uses case study learning to explore the practical application of project management. For example, how to deal with difficult stakeholders or conflicts in requirements.

This course is a tutor lead virtual 3-day coaching session with a small group of similar project managers. The sessions take place 2-3 weeks before the APM advertised assessments days so that you can book your assessment to follow on from the coaching. We recommend booking the assessment directly with the APM via there website, so the cost of the assessment is not included in this course. Dates and slots for assessment are advertised on the APM website here

How does an online virtual classroom work?

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are running virtual online courses. These are run live by one of our tutors, and run over the same period as initially scheduled. For more information, see below, or ask us a question using the 'Contact Us' button.

After registering for your chosen date, you will be emailed with a link to access the online classroom. The entire syllabus will be covered, and you will sit the exam online too. The tutor for your course will email you with further details closer to the date of your course.

The video below shows an example of what our virtual classrooms look like. 


Topics Covered

Unit 1 – Delivering projects through effective leadership and management, including:

  • Leadership
  • Teamworking
  • Conflict management
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision taking
  • Communication 
  • Stakeholder management
  • Negotiation

Unit 2 – Delivering projects through effective governance and oversight, including:

  • Governance
  • Information Management
  • Change control
  • Stakeholder influencing and engagement
  • Benefits management

Unit 3 – Delivering projects through effective planning and control, including:

  • Cost management
  • Risk and opportunity management
  • Issue management
  • Integrated planning

Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives for this course are to:

  • Provide visionary leadership for a project.
  • Establish and develop teams to achieve project aims and objectives
  • Maintain an engaged and constructive team through a positive approach to conflict management.
  • Resolve problems taking a logical approach to the problem-solving process.
  • Make decisions which support the objectives of a project.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to achieve a project’s objectives.
  • Negotiate effectively with stakeholders to achieve a project’s objectives.
  • Establish and maintain the governance structure of a project to ensure alignment to organisational practice.
  • Use information to inform reviews and help manage deviations from a project plan.
  • Manage change control processes and protocols.
  • Manage stakeholder influence, interest and engagement for the benefit of a project.
  • Deliver the intended benefits of a project.
  • Manage project costs within agreed budgets which supports management of a project.
  • Respond to risks to minimise threats and increase opportunities.
  • Respond to issues in a way that supports the management of a project
  • Develop and implement an integrated plan to support the management of a project.

What is Included in the Course?

This three-day training course include

  • 12 webinars over a 3-day tutor led course in which you will work through the content with a tutor with real project management experience, completing practice questions and exercises.
  • A PPQ study guide written by Parallel Project Training.  This study guide is delivered once you book the course so that you can start your preparation in advance.
  • Sample scenario questions and answers.
  • An exam prep follow-up 6 weeks after the original course, by which time you should have booked your exam 

The PPQ assessment is not included in this course and we recommend booking it directly with the APM. The cost of the assessment, with a remote proctor, is £705 plus VAT ( from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022).


To participate in this course, you must have either:

1) Passed the APM PMQ exam.

2) Completed the Parallel APM PMQ distance learning course and passed the mock exam.

If you hold other project management qualifications such as PMP, MSP or PRINCE2 Practitioner, please call us to discuss your suitability for this course.

Payment Options

We offer multiple options for payment;

1. Credit / Debit Card

2. Payment via invoice. During checkout for your course, select 'Offline Payment'. You will then receive an invoice from which you can pay. If you wish to add a Purchase Order number to your order, please enter this when prompted at checkout.