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EVM facilitates the integration of project scope, time and cost objectives and the establishment of a baseline plan for performance measurement.

Certify your ability to:

  • Facilitate the integration of project scope, time and cost objectives and the establishment of a baseline plan for performance measurement.
  • Demonstrate to stakeholders whether or not they are getting value for money and make suggestions as to how value can be increased.
  • Provide an objective measurement of what has been achieved on a project in relation to cost, scope and timescales.
  • Enable accurate forecasting for projects and programmes and detailed project comparisons across programmes.
Earned Value Foundation digital badge


Receive a comprehensive overview of EVM terminology and methods.

Project Management, Programme Management
Who is Foundation for?
  • Project Managers, managers, department heads, and others who need a better understanding of the elements of EVM.
What are the key things you will learn?
  • The concepts of Earned Value.
  • Selecting and deploying Earned Value formulae.
  • The Earned Value Process.
  • Different levels of System Review.
Exam format:
  • Multiple Choice
  • 40 questions per paper
  • 26 marks or more required to pass (out of 40 available) - 65%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book
  • Calculator allowed
Earned Value Practitioner digital badge


Become an effective professional in an EVM environment.

Risk Management, Project Management
Who is Practitioner for?

People who have worked (and are working) in an Earned Value Management environment for a period of two years. This will include a wide range of people working on Earned Value based projects including project managers, control account managers, project planners and project analysts.

What are the key things you will learn?
  • How to establish a Performance Measurement Baseline for a project.
  • How to design and evaluate Earned Value data collection processes for a specific project.
  • Interpreting Earned Value data for a given scenario and make recommendations on appropriate action.
  • Managing changes to a Performance Measurement Baseline appropriately.
  • Allowing for risk in the planning, execution, and evaluation of an Earned Value project.
  • How to apply methods to review the integrity, validity and performance of an Earned Value Management System.
Exam format:
  • Objective testing
  • 4 questions per paper, 20 marks available per question
  • 40 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • Three hours duration
  • Open book (Earned Value Management Handbook)
  • Calculators allowed


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What is an Earned Value digital badge?

Digital badges allow you to easily showcase your achievements online.

When you pass an exam - you'll instantly have the option to claim a digital badge representing your new certificate.

Your badge can be embedded on an email signature, website, social media or digital CV.

With just one click employers, customers and clients can easily view and verify your credentials and skills.

Please download our digital sharing presentation for more information.

How do I claim my Earned Value badge?

Once you’ve been notified that you’ve passed your exam - you will have the option to create a digital badge in APMG's Candidate Portal.

Visit APMG's Candidate Portal, view your exam results and select 'Create Badge'.

This takes you to the Acclaim website where the digital badges are hosted. You will be guided through the Acclaim account creation process.

Once you have created an account with Acclaim - login into the account and accept your pending badge.

What is Earned Value Management?

Earned Value Management is a project control process based on a structured approach to planning, cost collection and performance measurement. It facilitates the integration of project scope, time and cost objectives and the establishment of a baseline plan for performance measurement.

The establishment of a Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB) is essential to conducting successful EVM and consists of:

Defined scope and assumptions
Activities scheduled in logical sequence
Resources / costs (labour and materials)

(APM Body of Knowledge 5th Edition)

APMG-International have developed a qualification scheme working in partnership with the Association for Project Management (APM) Earned Value Specific Interest Group.

Find out more here.

How can I train for the Earned Value Management examinations?

Training for Earned Value Management is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG-International. Details of Earned Value Management ATOs can be found via the APMG-International accredited organization search function or click here.
Only these organizations and registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver Earned Value Management training.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exams?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examinations. APMG-International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self study.

How do I sit the exam?

Most, if not all, accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG-International administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG-International offices. There are four dedicated centres in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions.

How much does it cost to sit the Earned Value Management examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the cost of the exam is generally included in the course fee. APMG-International use a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exam is being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG-International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at

Are there any pre-requisites for the Earned Value Management examination?

There are no pre-requisites for the foundation examination. Candidates must pass at foundation level prior to taking the practitioner exam.
Candidates will also need to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to sitting their examination. 

What is the main publication for Earned Value Management and where can I purchase it?

Our Earned Value Management qualification scheme has one main supporting publication called Earned Value Management Handbook. This can be purchased from APMG-Business Books at:

Which languages is the Earned Value Management examinations available in?

The Earned Value Managment examinations are currently available in English only. Translations are considered based on demand.

Which languages is the supporting publication available in?

The Earned Value Management Handbook publication is currently available in English only. Translations will be considered based on demand.

How long will it take to learn the Earned Value Management material?

For individuals self-studying it is almost impossible to say. As all candidates have different experience and amount of time available for study, it varies from person to person. We suggest you buy the manual and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend learning.
For those studying with an accredited training organization, foundation courses are typically delivered over 2-3 days, with combined foundation and practitioner courses typically delivered other 5 days. We recommend investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions.

How long is the Earned Value Management certification valid for?

The certifications are not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

When can I expect the results of my Earned Value Management examination?

Foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Official confirmation will follow from your ATO (or directly from APMG if you self-studied).
Practitioner answer sheets are marked at APMG-International offices and results released soon after. Your result will be sent to your ATO approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details.
If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your results will be sent directly to you via APMG approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam.

When will I receive my certificate?

Candidates will automatically be sent an electronic certificate within two business days of their exam results being released. If you have not received your certificate within this timeframe please contact our Customer Interaction Team -

Electronic certificates are environmentally friendly, but can be printed if required. It is also very easy to share them with employers and other third parties. APMG will send you a link to your registered email address. This link will take you to your Candidate Portal where you will find your electronic certificate(s). You can always access all your electronic certificates using the APMG candidate portal.
Sometimes, if you have taken your examination(s) via a Training Organisation, certificates will be issued based on the preferences that the Training Organisation selected when booking the exam. The Training Organisation can select either an electronic certificate or both paper and electronic certificates are provided to the candidate. The Training Organisation can also choose if certificates are sent to the candidates directly or via the Training Organisation. If you have been awarded an electronic certificate but also require a hard copy certificate, you can always order a hard copy certificate for GBP 12.00. This is also the case if you re-order your hard copy certificate.
If you would like to purchase a hard copy certificate in addition to your electronic certificate please contact our Customer Interaction Team -

What is the pass mark for the Earned Value Management examinations?

Foundation: Candidates must achieve a score of 26/40 (65%) to pass.
Practitioner: Candidates must achieve a score of 40/80 (50%) to pass.

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become an Earned Value Management trainer?

To be eligible for an Earned Value Management trainer application, individuals must achieve a score of 66% (53/80) in the practitioner exam.
To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email noting your interest. A representative of the Service Desk will be able to advise.

How do I become an Earned Value Management approved trainer?

All Earned Value Management trainers must be "sponsored" by an Earned Value Management Accredited Training Organization (ATO). Details of all Earned Value Management ATOs can be found via the APMG-International accredited organization search facility or here.
A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their local APMG-International office.

Can I use the Earned Value Management logo?

Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the Earned Value Management logo. Such organizations include Earned Value Management ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations) and registered partners accredited by APMG-International. The APMG-International Earned Value and Swirl Device logo is a Trade Mark of APM Group Ltd and must not be used without prior permission or an appropriate license.

How does my organization become an Earned Value Management Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become an Earned Value Management ATO must first submit an application form to either the APMG-International Service Desk or their local APMG-International office. Where appropriate, an invoice will be raised and the organization will then be subject to APMG-International's ATO assessment process.


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