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APMP Certification: Outdated and Biased? It’s Time for an Update

Baskar Sundaram
Baskar Sundaram

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In today’s fast-paced and constantly evolving business environment, it is imperative for professional associations and accreditations to regularly update their syllabus and certification programs. This ensures that practitioners stay current with industry developments and trends, and are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills. However, not all associations and accreditations follow the same update schedule.

Some associations update their syllabus and certification program every 3-4 years, while others may update it more frequently or less often.

For example, the Project Management Institute (PMI) which offers the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, updates its syllabus and certification program every four years.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) updates its syllabus and certification program every three years.

Similarly, the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM) updates its syllabus and certification program every two years.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) updates its syllabus and certification program every 5 years.

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) updates its syllabus and certification program every 3 years.

International Facility Management Association (IFMA) updates its syllabus and certification program every 4 years.

The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) updates its syllabus and certification program every 3 years.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) updates its syllabus and certification program every 3 years.

The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) updates its syllabus and certification program every 5 years.

The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) updates its syllabus and certification program every 3 years.

The Association for Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) is lagging behind other industry associations in terms of updating its syllabus and certification program.  While other associations update their syllabus and certification program every 3-4 years, the APMP last updated its entry level foundation certification in 2015. This raises concerns about the relevance and credibility of the APMP’s certifications.

It’s essential that the APMP keeps up with industry trends and developments by updating its syllabus and certification program every 3-4 years. Furthermore, to be truly international body, the APMP must broaden its focus in its body of knowledge to include procurement methods that are applicable across all geographies and sectors, not just US Federal procurement, to ensure an inclusive and international standard.

Instead of using the $170 membership fee collected from 12,000 members to create new micro-certifications and proposal writing certifications, the APMP board must prioritize updating its signature certifications.

Failure to do so will not only devalue the certifications, but also call into question the relevance and credibility of the APMP. It’s time for the APMP to invest in the future of its members and the industry by updating its certifications.

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