APMP Foundation Certification is a cakewalk … if…
It feels as a great sense of accomplishment to be termed as an “APMP – Foundation Certified Bid Manager”. A month back, I was on the other side of the table and was wondering how should I go about this certification to boost my bid management credentials.
I was browsing through Google when I encountered MindIT Learning, one of the ATO (Approved Training Organization) in India, which is officially authorized to conduct APMP trainings in India.
I got in touch with the Founder, CEO of MindIT, Krishna Kumar Iyer (KK as he’s fondly called by everyone).
He allayed my fears regarding APMP – Foundation exam and apprised me of the entire certification process. There are two ways to approach the exam: one is online self – study mode and other is face-to-face Foundation Level training followed by exam sessions conducted periodically by ATOs.
I had a simple plan in mind – check the certification eligibility criteria, take the training, prepare for the exam and eventually crack it. Having three and half years of Bid Managerial Experience, I was an eligible candidate as per the requirements of APMP – Foundation certification.
I weighed my options and decided to go for training due to lack of time for self-preparation. I am a working professional hence job responsibilities obviously took the priority.
After much deliberation, I enrolled for a one-day MindIT workshop in Pune. The workshop covered all the seven Knowledge Areas of APMP – Foundation.
KK guided us through the day-long session with real-life examples, which helped us sail through a dense syllabus quite comfortably. The team interaction was quite insightful as we had a quite diverse group of Bid/Proposal managers.
The one day intensive workshop was followed by an invigilated Mock test, which gave as us fair idea of what to expect on the D-day. The icing on the cake was that all of us managed to clear the Mock test without any hassles.
Training gave me enough confidence to appear for the exam. A brief study material was shared with us in the workshop. In addition, a physical copy of APMP Body of Knowledge (BOK) was available on sale at the end of training. Interested candidates could purchase it from the APMP India Business Development (BD) Head, Rupesh Singh who was also a part of the training with us.
I prepared for the exam with online version of APMP BOK and followed it up with a sample test of 25 questions available on the APMP official website www.apmp.org. It took me a week to prepare for the exam. I went through the whole BOK and the notes that I had prepared in the workshop, which helped me sail through the foundation exam quite smoothly.
DO’s & DON’Ts (Kindly take these with a pinch of salt):
#1 Training Workshops
Please go for a full-fledged training/workshop if you are a working professional. Although self-study is an option, avoid it unless you are a very committed individual.
Training is not a substitute for self-preparation. It is a starting point of the certification process.
#3 When must you take the exam
Do not delay in appearing for the exam. It is advisable to take it in max 2 weeks after the workshop/training as most of the learning would be fresh in mind.
#4 Take a few mock tests
Take atleast 2-3 mock tests before the actual exam as it would serve as good match practice.
#5 The very helpful APMP Community
Reach out to APMP community for any help related to Bid/Proposal Management. You can be a part of APMP Community by opting for an APMP Membership ($50 is the membership fees for Indian Candidates).
#6 Know the costs
Candidates do not have to be a member of APMP to take the exam, but the cost for non-member candidates is more than the cost of membership.
P.S: APMP – Foundation Certification will be a cakewalk provided you have a systematic approach to deal with it. Kindly reach out to me in case of any further queries related to certification. I would be very happy to help 🙂