Depending on the Certification Level, it takes between one day and two weeks to prepare for each level.
Foundation-Level: Total Effort ~1—2 days
We recommend to spend about 1 day for your individual preparation, and then a Certification Workshop, offered by an Approved Training Organisation. These workshops are offered as inhouse training or as public workshops. They include the examination, and the result is communicated immediately after taking the exam. The online exam is only recommended for native English speakers with significant experience in the bid and proposal management environment.
Practitioner-Level: Total Effort ~10 days
The completion of the PPAQ (Proposal Practitioner Assessment Questionnaire) requires that the candidate explains in 35 areas his experience with a text of 250 words each. From experience, this takes up to 10 days for non-native English speakers. The complete process including the assessment of the material takes about 2—4 weeks.
Professional-Level: Total Effort ~ 3—5 days
For the Professional Certification, the candidate develops a short presentation using a given template. For this so called PPIP (Proposal Professional Impact Paper), he/she will need about 2—4 days. The candidate will present his PPIP in a 45 minute interview. The assessors will also ask a series of specific questions to evaluate the communication skills of the candidate. The complete process including the assessment of the PPIP and the interview takes about 2—6 weeks.