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Specialized, cost-effective, professional financial management certification for project team members working in the development and relief sector.

The FMD Pro certification improves the financial management skills of non-financial managers - running projects for development and humanitarian organizations. This supports the goal of maximizing the impact of these organizations' endeavours.

The certification focuses on several unique factors which impact the way finances in international development and relief projects.

Contextualised content:

Learning objectives are curated from the best of what has already been developed in the private sector and the development/relief sector. 


Certifications are priced to make them cost affordable to staff working for NGOs anywhere in the world. Certification starts at just US$22 for staff of NGOs working in the developing world.


Certified learners will be able to take the FMD Pro credential with them as they move between geographic locations and between development and relief organizations.


The content of the FMD Pro is tools-focused and designed to provide actionable learning. Increased consistency and quality in professional development will translate into increased consistency and quality service delivery to communities. 

Enriched with global expertise:

Developed in partnership with 15 organizations that are leaders of the development and humanitarian relief sector, the FMD Pro benefits from valuable knowledge and experience of experts from across the world. 

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What is a FMD Pro 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 FMD Pro digital 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.

How do I sit the exam?

In order to make these as accessible and as affordable as possible, the FMD Pro exams rely on honesty and the professional conduct of the candidates. You can sit the online exam wherever you will be undisturbed for the duration of the exam and have access to a reliable internet connection. When you register for the exam, you will be asked to nominate an individual, for example a senior manager in your organization, to invigilate / proctor your exam.

Any allegations or suspicions of dishonesty will be investigated. If the claims are justified, the candidate will be barred from taking further APMG certifications, and, at the discretion of the examination board, the candidate's employer may be sanctioned, which may entail requiring candidates from that organization, in the future, to sit exams at an approved test centre, which would incur additional cost.

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How much does it cost to sit the FMD Pro Level 1 exam?

The price of the FMD Pro Level 1 exam is dependent on the location of the candidate and the location of the NGO they are working for:

  • For staff of local NGOs working in the developing world and Students in the developing world the cost is $22 USD per exam.
  • For staff of international NGOs working in the developing world and staff of government ministries the cost is $60 USD per exam.
  • For all others, including, but not limited to, HQ-based staff of international NGOs, staff of multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies or consultants, the cost is $145 USD per exam.

Are there any pre-requisites for the FMD Pro Level 1 exam?

There are no pre-requisites required to be eligible to take the FMD Pro Level 1 exam.

What are the publications that support the FMD Pro Level 1 exam?

FMD Pro training and learning resources are available from the FMD Pro and FMD Pro Starter websites.

Which languages is the FMD Pro Level 1 exam available in?

The FMD Pro Level 1 exam is currently available in English only.

How long are the FMD Pro Level 1 exam valid for?

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


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