I’ve had several e-mails from people who have decided to seek APMP accreditation asking me whether they should attend a workshop or just take the exam. While I’ve responded to those people individually, I will also address this question here, as many of you who are considering seeking APMP accreditation might be asking the same question.
The APMP Foundation level accreditation exam tests an individual’s knowledge of basic proposal best practices, which is, in my opinion, appropriate for the first level of accreditation.
What Jon and I hear from those who have attended workshops we’ve presented, both verbally and on feedback forms is:
- “I never would have passed this exam without having attended this session.”
- “I might have passed, but the workshop gave me the confidence to know I would pass.”
- “The review of materials within the workshop was incredibly helpful and definitely contributed to my passing the exam.”
- “I work on federal proposals and I would have had a very difficult time passing this exam without having attended this session.”
- “The tips for how to approach and take the exam were invaluable.”
- “I would highly recommend this workshop, especially to those who work on commercial proposals.”
I’ve no doubt that it’s possible to pass the exam by studying on your own and I’m sure many people have. I’m also equally sure that the workshop makes it much easier to review, prepare for and ultimately pass the APMP Foundation Level accreditation exam.