I’m getting a fair number of inquiries regarding APMP accreditation and one of the recurring questions is, “Why should I become accredited?”
I had to consider this question myself prior to undertaking the process myself. I have now been through the process to obtain ‘Professional’ level accreditation and with Jon (who has also achieved Professional Level accreditation) have presented the Foundation Level Exam Preparation Workshop and coached others through the higher levels of accreditation I’ll offer my view on this question.
1. You’ve earned it and deserve to be recognized.
If you have more than a year’s experience and have a good solid understanding of the basics of proposals you are eligible to take the Foundation Level exam. Successfully passing the exam is your opportunity to demonstrate that you’ve learned the relevant lessons well. And being awarded “Foundation Level” accreditation will let others know you are serious about your chosen profession.
2. Career advancement.
Achieving APMP accreditation provides tangible proof to your employer of your knowledge of proposals. Each level of accreditation achieved demonstrates your having gained more experience and validates the significant contributions you’ve made within your organization and to the profession of proposals. This should translate into career growth, promotions and the associated increases in salary.
3. It looks good on your resume (and is showing up these days as a ‘desirable’ during recruitment of proposal personnel).
APMP accreditation on your resume is proof of what you’ve don e and learned and helps you stand out among the other candidates.
4. To be part of your professional community.
As more and more individuals within the world of proposal seek and obtain APMP accreditation and in turn, both your fellow proposal professionals and employers will no doubt view this as one of the benchmarks of a person’s proposal capabilities. I’ve no doubt that having APMP accreditation will be seen as necessary within the next couple of years and you’re going to want to become accredited eventually, so you might as well get started now, right?
Watch for upcoming entries on our experiences going through the APMP accreditation process as well as our coaching and preparing others.