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The Foundation certification is designed to measure whether a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PPP Guide to act as an informed team member of a PPP finance project. 

This exam is aimed at individuals who are involved in PPP projects, who require a working knowledge of the key principles of financing PPP projects and who need to know the terminology used and some of the theory behind the PPP financing structures, as described in the PPP Guide.   

Candidates who have self-studied in preparation for their exam have the option to sit the Foundation exam from your home or workplace online, using the remote ProctorU facility. This system allows a live proctor access to your exam as you take it so they can monitor the exam environment through your computer's webcam and microphone. It's just like having the proctor in the exam room with you but you don't need to travel.

Foundation Exam Format:

  • Multiple choice
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) - 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed-book 

Candidates that pass the examination will be issued with a certificate confirming their achievement.

The Foundation certification is also a pre-requisite for the two Practitioner certifications, which are due to launch in 2017. Whilst the Foundation exam tests the knowledge of and recall of the PPP Guide at Foundation level, the Practitioner level exams will test PPP concepts and their implementation to a given infrastructure scenario.  

Candidates should be aware that clicking the button below initiates a process to register and choose a booking date and time to take the exam up to a year in the future. All time slots may not be available and scheduling begins 1 hour post registration. 

For candidates that wish to have training before they take the exams, please click here to access the list of accredited training providers.  

Exam Fees and Vouchers 

If you chose to sit the online exam, the exam fee is $400 (US). However, exam vouchers can be purchased in bulk by organisations at a significant discount such as government departments and PPP units, and these vouchers can then be redeemed when booking an online exam or via a training provider. The exam fee payable when purchasing vouchers in bulk will depend on the country in which the exam is being taken, based on the World Bank country and lending groups. For further information on purchasing exam vouchers in bulk, please contact

If you are sitting the exam as part of an accredited training course, the cost of the exam should be included in the course fee. Please check with your training provider at the time of booking your course. 


We would like to thank Michael Klein, David Baxter and Pradeep Singh for giving up their spare time to review the Foundation syllabus of the APMG PPP Certification Program and provide us with feedback on its contents during the scheme development phase.