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Gain the tools needed to become an effective project planner.

Utilize the guidance based on the Association for Project Management (APM) approach for Planning and Project Control Managers and Engineers.

Project Planning & Control supports the publication of the APM's guide, ‘Planning, Scheduling, Monitoring and Control – The Practical Project Management of Time, Cost and Risk.’

The book is the APM’s first comprehensive set of guidance and best practice for project planning and control and is applicable across all industries and sectors.

The intention of the guidance is to help raise understanding so that standards can be set by organizations against a common text to ensure that they can assure a set standard and aim for best practice as well as get value for money from their projects.

Above all the intention is to provide greater certainty over project delivery.

Project Planning & Control guidance and training will:

  • Give a step by step controls guide from project initiation to execution.
  • Provide a holistic overview of the interdependencies between planning and controls functions.
  • Be a practical and scalable companion to almost any project controls professional.
  • Enable effective capability growth for delivery organizations.

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I believe that this publication has captured the best practices for planning and will become the reference document of note for organisations and their teams during future project deliveries.

David Birch, Head of Capital Delivery Project Controls – National Grid



What is APMG International’s Project Planning & Control scheme?

"APMG International has partnered with the Association for Project Management (APM) to develop Project Planning & Control – this incorporates new guidance and a supporting training and certification scheme for business analysts. The Project Planning & Control guidance is aimed at:

Planning Managers

Planning Engineers

Project Control Managers

Project Control Engineers.

It may also be useful to

Cost Engineers

Project Managers

Project Support Team Members"

How can I train for the Project Planning & Control examinations?

Training for Project Planning & Control is available from our network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) which are assessed and certified by APMG International. The full list of Project Planning & Control ATOs can be found at:

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 examination. APMG International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self-study.

How do I sit the exams?

Most, if not all Project Planning & Control ATOs include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG International offices. There are four dedicated centers 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 Project Planning & Control 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 uses 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 Project Planning & Control examinations?

There are no pre-requisites for taking the Project Planning & Control foundation examination. Candidates must pass the PPC foundation exam before undertaking the PPC practitioner examination.

What are the main publications for Project Planning & Control and where can I purchase them?

"Project Planning & Control has one main publication supporting the qualification scheme, published by the APM, called PLANNING, SCHEDULING, MONITORING AND CONTROL - The Practical Project Management of Time, Cost and Risk.

This can be purchased from APMG Business Books at:

Most Project Planning & Control ATOs will include the guidance as part of the course fee."

Which languages are the Project Planning & Control examinations available in?

Examinations are currently available in English only. Further translations will be considered subject to market demand.

How long will it take to learn the Project Planning & Control material?

"For individuals self-studying it is almost impossible to say. As all candidates have different experiences and amount of time available for study, it varies from person to person. We suggest you buy the guidance 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 generally delivered over 3 days. A combined foundation and practitioner course will generally be delivered over 5 days. It is well worth investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions."

What is the structure of the Project Planning & Control examinations?

"The Project Planning & Control foundation examination consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, with 25 marks (50%) required to pass. It is a closed-book examination to be completed in 40 minutes.

The practitioner examination consists of 8 questions with 10 marks available per question, to be completed in 3 hours. A total of 80 marks are available, with 40 marks (50%) required to pass. The exam is in the complex multiple OTE format based on a scenario and additional question information. It is an open-book examination (PPC guide only) and a simple calculator may also be used."

What is the pass mark for the Project Planning & Control examination?

"The pass mark for the Project Planning & Control examination is:

Foundation: You will need to score 25/50 (50%) to pass the foundation exam.

Practitioner: You will need to score 40/80 (50%) to pass the practitioner exam."

When can I expect the results of my Project Planning & Control Examinations?

"Project Planning & Control foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time.

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 the relevant APMG International office 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 -"

How long are the Project Planning & Control certifications valid for?

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

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become a Project Planning & Control trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become a Project Planning & Control trainer, individuals must pass the practitioner examination and achieve a score of 66% (53/80).

How do I find out if I scored enough to be eligible to become a trainer?

To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email noting your interest. A representative of the Customer Interaction Team will be able to advise you.

How do I become a Project Planning & Control approved trainer?

"All Project Planning & Control trainers must be ""sponsored"" by a Project Planning & Control accredited training organization (ATO).

Details of all Project Planning & Control ATOs can be found at:

A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG International office."

Can I use the Project Planning & Control logo?

"Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the Project Planning & Control logo. Such organizations include Project Planning & Control ATOs and registered partners accredited by APMG International.

Project Planning & Control™ is a trade mark of APM Group Limited, and must not be used without prior permission or an appropriate license."

How does my organization become a Project Planning & Control Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become a Project Planning & Control ATO must first submit an application form to either the APMG International Customer Interaction Team or a regional APMG International office. The organization will then be subject to APMG International's ATO assessment process.