Join the Association of Proposal Management Professionals

Proposal development is a sophisticated, complex process.  To increase your knowledge and skills in proposal development, I strongly recommend that you join the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP).

APMP’s mission is to “advance the arts, sciences, and technology of new business acquisition and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in those pursuits.”  Through its many publications and programs, APMP provides its members with the information, tools, and proposal development methodologies they need to develop successful proposals.

I have found APMP to combine through its publications and programs three essential elements needed in successful proposal development:

  • Information.  Through APMP, you can learn the latest information about proposal development.
  • Processes.  Through APMP, you can learn the steps you should take to develop successful proposals to government agencies and commercial organizations.
  • Contacts.  Through APMP’s local chapter meetings, you will meet fellow professionals and thereby broaden and deepen your understanding of the world of proposal development.

There are 16 local chapters, with the biggest one being the National Capital Area Chapter covering the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  Chapter meetings are invaluable because they usually feature stimulating presentations by proposal professionals and government personnel about issues and approaches in contemporary proposal development.

APMP also features Proposal Management, the official journal and other publications, reports, and online newsletters.  These publications, along with APMP’s Body of Knowledge, can help you become more informed about your work.

In addition, APMP provides the only accredited certification program for proposal management professionals.  This is an excellent way to become more adept and more informed about proposal development.

In any profession, one of the main challenges is overcoming intellectual and personal isolation.  For many people, the professional world shrinks to the boundaries of their office space, with unfortunate results.  Widen your world by becoming an active member of APMP.  You will find it stimulating and a boost to your career.

4 Comments

  1. Madina ABDOUL AZIZ
    January 17, 2011

    I just want to know when is next training class.I want to improve my management skill including Proposal Management that I do not have enough skill.

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    • TheProposalGuru
      January 17, 2011

      Please visit the APMP Web site (www.apmp.org) to learn more about how you can become certified as a proposal professional.

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  2. TheProposalGuru
    February 18, 2011

    There are no APMP chapters in Kenya but you can still join APMP and you should ask about accreditation. There may be a way to take your accreditation exam electronically.

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  3. TheProposalGuru
    February 20, 2011

    There are no meetings in Kenya, but you can still join APMP and gain access to the organization’s valuable resources. You also should be able to take an accreditation exam via e-mail.

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