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Develop your personal and commercial competencies to complement your technical expertise.

PS Professional is the world’s only dedicated certification scheme designed to develop and recognise your technical, commercial and personal strengths.

It takes more than technical skills alone to distinguish stand out in today’s professional services world. Modules of the PS Professional certification scheme, developed by experienced Professional Services practitioners and monitored by an independent board, will help to unlock your potential and help you rise above the crowd.

Whilst recognizing existing technical certifications, PS Professional aims to shape the consultant of tomorrow, expanding upon their technical expertise to offer greater commercial insight and personal effectiveness through a practical and respected training and certification programme.

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What is a Professional Services Professional?

Professional services are a range of different occupations providing support to businesses of any size and in any sector. These occupations include (but are not limited to) accountants, lawyers, engineers, consultants and architects – anyone who is providing their knowledge and expertise.

A Professional Services Professional will usually hold one or more certifications or qualifications relevant to the industry in which they work.

What is the PS Professional scheme about?

This certification scheme is for people working, or aspiring to work, within Professional Services.

The PS Professional is an integrated set of techniques for professional service teams which recognises the fundamental importance of both technical and non-technical expertise, whilst taking into account existing certifications held by the individual. The material is drawn from several sources and has 5 focus areas:

  • Athlete – Personal Effectiveness
  • Rainmaker – Commercial
  • Catalyst – Delivery/Operational
  • Executive – Business
  • Authority – Subject Matter Expert/Technical

There will be a Foundation level training course and examination for all 5 areas. We also hope to develop the scheme further with a Practitioner and Expert level of certification.

How can I train for the PS Professional examinations?

Training for the PS Professional examinations is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG International. To find a training course - please choose a PS Professional certification level to see the available ATOs.

Only these organizations and their registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver PS Professional training.

How do I sit the exams?

Most, if not all PS Professional accredited training organizations include the examination as part of the associated training course. Please check with the course provider prior to booking your training.

Alternatively, for individuals that have self-studied, APMG International administer public exam sessions. Book a self-study exam here.

How much does it cost to sit the PS Professional examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are generally included in the course fee. Please check this with the course provider prior to booking your training.

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 PS Professional examinations?

There are no prerequisites for the PS Professional exams.

To be eligible to take the PS Professional Rainmaker Practitioner exam, candidates will need to have passed the PS Professional Rainmaker Foundation exam.

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

The Rainmaker certification is supported by the following 4 texts:

  • Shipley Proposal Guide
  • Shipley Capture Guide
  • Insight Selling
  • B4B How Technology & Big Data Are Reinventing the Customer-Supplier Relationship (specific only to the practitioner level certification)

The Athlete certification is supported by the following 3 texts:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age
  • How to be a Productivity Ninja

The Executive certification is supported by the following 3 texts:

  • Key Management Models – The 75+ Models Every Manager Needs to Know
  • The 30 Day MBA in Business Finance
  • The 30 Day MBA in Marketing

The Catalyst certification is supported by the following 3 texts:

  • Practical People Engagement
  • Managing Expectations
  • Praxis Framework

The Authority certification is supported by the following 3 texts:

  • Handbook of Technical Writing
  • Persistent Forecasting of Disruptive Technologies
  • The Innovators Dilemma: When new technologies cause great firms to fail

All titles are available to purchase from APMG Business Books.

Which languages are PS Professional examinations available in?

The exams are currently only available in English.

How long will it take to learn the PS Professional 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 manuals and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend learning. If you would like a copy of the syllabus, please contact the APMG International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at

For those studying with an accredited training organization, each foundation course is generally delivered over 3 days. It is well worth investigating with the training providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions, and there may also be pre-course and/or home work.

What is the structure of the PS Professional examinations?

Summaries of the structure of the PS Professional examinations are below:

Rainmaker Foundation

  • 75 simple multiple choice questions (including 5 trial questions)
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book
  • 50% pass mark (35 marks out of 70)

Rainmaker Practitioner

  • 3 Question scenario based OTE examination
  • 75 marks available overall
  • 50% pass mark (38 marks or more)
  • 2.5 hours duration
  • Closed book

Pre-requisites: Pass PS Professional Foundation exam

Athlete Foundation

  • 50 simple multiple choice questions
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed book
  • 50% pass mark (25 marks out of 50)

Executive Foundation

  • 50 simple multiple choice questions
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed book
  • 50% pass mark (25 marks out of 50)

Catalyst Foundation

  • 50 simple multiple choice questions
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed book
  • 50% pass mark (25 marks out of 50)

Authority Foundation

  • 50 simple multiple choice questions
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed book
  • 50% pass mark (25 marks out of 50)

How long are the PS Professional qualifications valid for?

The PS Professional Foundation certificate does not expire.

When can I expect the results of my PS Professional examinations?

The PS Professional foundation examinations can be marked on location with provisional results provided immediately after marking.

If you have taken your exam via an ATO, results are sent by the relevant APMG-International office directly to ATOs within 48 hours. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details regarding this.

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, please contact our Customer Interaction Team -

Please note there is a charge applicable if you would like to obtain a hard copy certificate. This is also the case if you re-order your hard copy certificate.

Can I use the PS Professional logo?

Only accredited training organizations licensed are allowed to use the PS Professional logo.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

No, however we recommend that candidates attend an accredited training course to fully prepare for the exam. Individuals have the option of self-study to prepare for the examination. APMG International administer public exam sessions to accommodate those who self-study.

Do I need to hold a foundation level of accreditation in a chosen field before attending the Authority training course?

It is desirable for candidates to hold a foundation level of accreditation in a chosen field (for example, ITIL, Cisco, PMI etc.) before attending the Authority training course and/or sitting the Authority Foundation exam, but it is not a mandatory requirement.