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APMP Capture Practitioner Certification Part 1

Baskar Sundaram

The APMP Capture Practitioner OTE assesses the knowledge and skills that demonstrate proficiency in proposal and bid management based on the APMP Competency Framework and Syllabus. The knowledge and skills required for the Practitioner are documented in the APMP certification syllabus.

The Capture Practitioner OTE is a 2.5-hour, online exam that involves:

  • A provided scenario
  • Questions (about the scenario) that have been designed to test your knowledge and understanding of APMP best practices at two recognized learning levels
  • Your experience combined with the APMP approach as laid out in the APMP Body of Knowledge (BOK)


Practitioner Certification is for experienced practitioners. It validates real-world mastery of industry best practices and the ability to lead others in their use. To achieve Practitioner Certification, you must:

  • be APMP members in good standing.
  • have at least three years’ experience in the capture, sales, bid and/or proposal fields.
  • self-certify that you have studied elements of the APMP BoK
  • have a sponsor who recommends that you should be considered for the examination

Question Styles

Whereas the questions in the APMP Foundation Exam are scenario-independent and multiple choice, the questions in the APMP Practitioner OTE require you to provide answers related to the scenario provided.

The questions in the APMP Practitioner OTE are more challenging because they are designed for practitioners with at least 3 years of industry experience in the capture, sales, bid and/or proposal fields. The correct answers for the exam are supported by the information contained in the APMP Body of Knowledge – the official reference guide for all APMP certification exams.

In this examination, three question types are used, namely:

  • Classic – Similar to a standard multiple-choice exam, you are asked to choose one answer from a list of possible answers. There are usually four options, but sometimes there are only three.
  • Multiple Response – You are asked to choose two correct answers from a list of possible answers. The list contains five options, with two of those options being correct.
  • Assertion Reason – You are asked to evaluate two statements (an assertion and a reason), to determine if either, both or neither is true and, if both are true, whether the reason explains why the assertion is true.

The article briefly details key examinable syllabus area from the APMP Practitioner certification.

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