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APMP : How to Pass the APMP Qualification

Written by  Paul Naybour
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What is the APMP?

The APMP is a foundation level qualification from the UK Association for Project Management (APM). It is the first step on a APM professional development ladder from the APM. This also includes further qualifications and certifications including the APM Practitioner Qualifications and Registered Project Professional for managers of complex projects.

 

Format of the APMP Exam

The APMP exam is a 3 hour written paper. The APMP exam has 16 questions from which you have to take 10 questions. So for each question you have about 15 minutes per questions. Typical questions include

 

  • Question 1)           Describe the documentation a project manager would consider as part of a lessons learned review? Make five points in your answer?
  • Question 2)           Describe the actions a project manager can take to develop a performing team? Make five points in your answer?
  • Question 3)           Describe the way in which a project manager can define project scope? Make five points in your answer?
  • Question 4)           Describe the project risk management process? Make five points in your answer?
  • Question 5)           Explain the requirements or a project contract? Make five points in your answer?
  • Question 6)           Describe the steps a project manager should take to ensure Health and Safety requirements are met?

The exam is invigilated and marked by the APM. Marking the APMP can take up to 6 to 8 weeks.

Hints and Tips to Pass the APMP

The biggest problem people have in this exam is that they don’t say enough for the examiner to see that they fully understand the topic. They are typically looking for five paragraphs of 2-3 sentences for each topic. Candidates struggle to write enough on the each topic or repeat themselves in the answer.

So a good answer for the APMP would be

Describe the steps a project manager can take to develop an effective team?

  • 1)            Ensure the scope of work is full defined. In many projects the uncertainty over the project scope can lead to confusion and demotivation. Using a clearly defined work breakdown structure can ensure the team has a clear understanding of the scope.
  • 2)            Ensure everyone in the team has clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Often the problems with project teams are that the different roles and responsibilities are not clearly defined.
  • 3)            Link the roles and responsibilities to the work breakdown structure using the role assignment matrix. This ensures that the scope is mapped to the individuals with each clearly understanding their contribution to the project
  • 4)            Set realistic goal for each of the project team members, these should be linked to the project strategy and programme.
  • 5)            Understand the personal goals of the individuals in the team and align them to the goals of the project. In this way people will feel that the project is helping them to achieve their personal objective.

This model gives a clear plan to pass the APMP.

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