Good news for those of you contemplating taking the APMP Foundation Level exam, especially in the UK!
Since the pricing of the exam is set in US dollars, and sterling has been weak, APMP announced immediately before Christmas that the price for those taking the exam in the UK would increase by over 30% from 1January 2009.
Needless to say, as a member of the APMP Accreditation Steering Committee, I immediately wrote a note protesting against the rise, and a meeting of the full committee was called as a result. Following that, I’m pleased to say that the exam fees for APMP members have been reduced from 1 April. The sterling rate’s come down from £300 to £250; the dollar fee has also been cut from $450 to $400.
It’s taken some clever negotiating by chief examiner Cathy Day to sort out the reduction – as well as financial contributions towards the price reduction from APMP, APM Group (who administer the exam) and the Approved Training Organisations (such as our own company, Strategic Proposals). Our thanks to Cathy for all of her efforts. But I have to say I’m feeling rather pleased that I challenged the price rises in the first place, when everyone else seemed to be going along with them so merrily.