Demonstrate Your Knowledge of Best Practices

APMP-Foundation Level Certification is the entry level for the APMP Certification Program. All candidates must begin at this level.

Why should I pursue Foundation Certification?

  • To demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of best practices for proposal and bid management
  • To demonstrate your commitment to your own professional development in the industry
  • To prepare yourself for additional responsibility and more complex assignments
  • To advance to the sweet spot of APMP’s Certification Program ‒ Practitioner

What are the requirements for Foundation Certification?


Candidates for Foundation should have at least 1 year of experience in a bid and proposals environment; this experience does not have to be continuous. Time spent working or supporting sales and marketing also counts.
Your one-year minimum experience working in a bid and proposals related environment may be verified with a reference you choose. This is done on a sample basis. Your reference may not be checked.
Pass a 1-hour open-book multiple-choice exam that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of best practices.
Candidates do not have to be a member of APMP to take the exam, but the cost for non-member candidates is more than the cost of membership.

APMP Foundation Level Exam

The Foundation exam tests your knowledge of proposal and bid management best practices in 22 entry and early career competencies. The exam is 75 questions, multiple choice, pass-fail, and open-book exam. The exam lasts one hour (60 minutes). If you fail you may have to wait six months to register for and retake the exam. Appeals are handled on an individual case basis (see What Happens if I Fail ).

APMP Foundation Level Exam Options

You may take the exam by choosing one of these options:

Option 1: Online—You may study on your own and then take the exams online via the APM Group website. The APM Group is the organization that administers the Certification exam and assessment processes for APMP.

Option 2: Face-to-Face—APMP’s Approved Training Organizations (ATOs) offer face-to-face Foundation Level training and exam sessions periodically throughout the world. Go to the UK Chapter Certification events list

Plus, contact Information for ATOs offering Face-to-Face training is available by clicking below.

The programme uses a process of examination and competency-based assessment, which is consistent and measured against world best practice standards.