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AXELOS' robust yet flexible framework that allows accurate risk assessment.

M_o_R considers risk from different perspectives within an organization: strategic, programme, project and operational.

Certify your ability to:

  • Influence and shape risk management across an organization.
  • Encourage openness and discuss real business issues in a realistic manner to meet business objectives, improve service delivery and achieve value for money.
  • Put an effective framework in place to make informed decisions about the risks that affect strategic, programme, project and operational objectives.
  • Understand the nature and extent of risks facing a company and reduce the incidence and impact on the business.
  • Continuously apply risk management to an organization and simplify the process of making information available when decisions need to be made.

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What is M_o_R?

M_o_R (Management of Risk) is part of the Best Practice Guidance portfolio published by AXELOS.
M_o_R considers risk from different perspectives within an organization: strategic, programme, project and operational. While it links to other AXELOS Best Practice, it respects the roles, responsibilities and terminologies used outside the disciplines of programme and project management.
The M_o_R framework is based on four core concepts of:

  • M_o_R Principles - These are essential for the development of good risk management practice. They are all derived from corporate governance principles in the recognition that risk management is a subset of an organizations internal controls
  • M_o_R Approach - The principles need to be adapted and adopted to suit each individual organization. Accordingly, an organizations approach to the principles needs to be agreed and defined within a Risk Management Policy, Process Guide and Strategies, and supported by the use of Risk Registers and Issue Logs
  • M_o_R Processes - There are four main process steps, which describe the inputs, outputs and activities involved in ensuring that risks are identified, assessed and controlled
  • Embedding and Reviewing M_o_R - Having put in place the principles, approach and processes, an organization needs to ensure that they are consistently applied across the organization and that their application undergoes continual improvement in order for them to be effective.


How can I train for the M_o_R examinations?

Training for M_o_R is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG-International. The full list of M_o_R ATOs can be found HERE .

Only these organizations and registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver M_o_R training.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

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 administer public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self study.

How do I sit the exams?

The vast majority of M_o_R accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APM Group administer 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 M_o_R examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are 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 exams are 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 M_o_R examinations?

There are no pre-requisites for the foundation examination. Candidates must achieve a pass at foundation level before completing the practitioner examination. Candidates will also need to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to sitting their examination. Please click HERE to see a copy of these: 

What are the main publications for M_o_R and where can I purchase them?

M_o_R has one main manual, published by The Stationery Office, called Management of Risk: Guidance for Practitioners - 2010 Edition. This can be purchased from APMG Business Books at:

Most M_o_R accredited training organizations include the M_o_R manual as part of the course fee.

Which languages are M_o_R examinations available in?

The full list M_o_R Foundation examination languages is available HERE

How long will it take to learn the M_o_R material?

As experience, ability and learning styles differ between individuals it is very difficult to provide a timescale. We suggest you buy the manual and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend studying.

For those studying with an accredited training organization, Foundation courses are generally delivered over 3 days, while combined Foundation and Practitioner courses are generally delivered over 5 days. We recommend investigating with individual providers as many will offer tailored, distance (computer-based) and blended learning solutions.

How long are the M_o_R qualifications valid for?

The foundation examination is not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

Candidates who pass the practitioner exam are recognized as an "M_o_R Registered Practitioner". Individuals will remain registered for a period of 5 years. To maintain registered status, practitioners must complete and pass an M_o_R re-registration examination 3-5 years following their initial/previous practitioner certification.

How do I sit the re-registration exam?

The examination can either be taken privately or through an accredited training organization. If you decide to take the exam through an ATO then they will offer you a refresher course on M_o_R and provide you with the examination at the end of this. Details of all M_o_R ATOs can be found HERE .

You can also take the examination - without attending a course - at a public exam centre. Speak to an advisor on the APMG-International Service Desk ( or your local APMG-International office to find out about exam dates and locations.

When can I expect the results of my M_o_R Examinations?

M_o_R 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).

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?

A foundation certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper back into our offices, if you only took the foundation exam.

If you sat a practitioner or both exams, a practitioner certificate will be dispatched 2 weeks after the practitioner results have been released.

Please note that if you have taken your examinations via an ATO, certificates will be dispatched based on the preferences that the ATO selected when booking the exam. The ATO can select either an e-certificate or hard copy and whether this type is sent to the ATO or directly to the candidate.

If you have not received your certificate shortly after the above time frames please contact our Customer Interaction Team –

What are the pass marks for the M_o_R examinations?

Pass marks for the M_o_R examinations are as follows:
Foundation: You will need to score 35/70 (50%) to pass the foundation exam.
Practitioner: You will need to score 40/80 (50%) to pass the practitioner exam.
Re-registration: You will need to score 20/40 (50%) to pass the re-registration exam.

Which languages is the M_o_R manual available in?

The Management of Risk: Guidance for Practitioners - 2010 Edition manual is currently available in English, Dutch and Polish.

What is required to be eligible to become an M_o_R trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become an approved M_o_R trainer, individuals must hold M_o_R practitioner certification.

How can I advertise myself as M_o_R qualified on my business card?

Candidates who have passed the M_o_R Practitioner examination can put "M_o_R Practitioner" on their business cards.

Can I use the M_o_R logo?

Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the M_o_R logo. Such organizations include M_o_R ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations) accredited by APMG-International. The M_o_R logo is a registered trademark of AXELOS Ltd and must not be used without their permission or appropriate licence. For more information please see:

How do I become an M_o_R approved trainer?

All M_o_R trainers must be "sponsored" by an M_o_R accredited training organization (ATO). Details of all M_o_R ATOs can be found HERE .
A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG-International office.

How does my organization become an M_o_R Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

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