Public Private Partnerships Preparation Training

The APMG PPP Certification Program is an innovation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) and part funded by the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) with a shared vision of enhancing PPP performance globally. CP3P is the definitive credential to demonstrate to your peers that your abilities are aligned with international PPP good practice.

PPPs are one way to procure infrastructure and services. As explained later in the Public Private Partnerships Foundation course, the PPP approach may provide significant benefits if and when a number of conditions are met. As PPPs are useful in procuring both infrastructure and services, this course is especially focused on better use of PPPs as a tool to deliver new or upgraded infrastructure. In this way, the greatest possible value from this procurement option can be extracted in order to help countries to fill the infrastructure gap by accessing more private capital and expertise in an efficient and programmatic manner; this is especially true for Emerging Market and Developing Economy (EMDE) countries.

The purpose of the Public Private Partnerships Preparation certification is to confirm whether the candidate has achieved sufficient understanding of the importance and general content of a PPP Framework and application of PPP Project Identification, Screening, Appraisal and Preparation Processes in a given governmental context. A successful Preparation candidate should, with suitable direction and as part of a multidisciplinary team, be able to start applying and tailoring PPP projects in a given governmental context, but may not be sufficiently skilled to do this appropriately for all situations. This is the primary outcome from the Public Private Partnerships Preparation certification.

For candidates involved on the private sector side of PPPs, the certification will enable the candidate, with suitable direction and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to start applying knowledge of the PPP concept as an asset/business opportunity, and of Government’s objectives and institutional arrangements, to pursue PPP opportunities and manage PPP projects on the private sector side.

The PPP Certification Program Guide, referred to as the PPP Guide, was written by PPP practitioners. It comprises best practices from many countries and aims to bring a consistency of terms used in PPPs and to increase skills and capacity for the delivery of PPPs. Please see a summary of the PPP Guide below:

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The Public Private Partnerships Preparation Course and Examination are based on Chapters 2-5 of the PPP Guide. This is a practitioner level certification – aimed at people involved in either developing or implementing PPP frameworks and in the initiation or implementation of PPP projects.


Public Private Partnership Preparation Learning Objectives

The candidate that completes the Public Private Partnerships Preparation training should be able to demonstrate understanding of how to apply and tailor the established procedures, roles and institutional responsibilities that determine how the government selects, implements and manages PPP projects, as outlined in the PPP Guide:

  • Offer relevant insights in discussions about the value and importance of having a PPP Framework, its objectives and scope, and what it should include;
  • Recognize ways to establish a PPP Framework in different jurisdictions, taking account of existing legal and administrative traditions, and offer alternative approaches;
  • Use an understanding of how the Framework guides each stage of a typical PPP Process to propose and evaluate its application to a given governmental context;
  • Identify the government roles and responsibilities within a PPP Process, and provide insight on how they can be allocated effectively between various government agencies and their Advisors;
  • Help others understand the principles and techniques that enable responsible public financial management of PPPs, and suggest ways to ensure appropriate oversight and transparency of PPP Programs;
  • Help to evaluate whether a project offers sufficient economic benefit to proceed and is technically sound, considering its environmental and social impact;
  • Support the screening of a PPP project with insight into how to avoid the risk of allocating resources into the analysis and structuring of a non-feasible PPP project;
  • Help to define a project management plan and communication plan, ensuring all stakeholders are considered;
  • Support the main activities required to detail the scope of a PPP Project, and help to define its technical requirements and assess technical risks;
  • Use the basic techniques and good practices to help produce a series of feasibility assessments of the technical, commercial, economic, environmental, social, legal, and fiscal dimensions of a project, as well as identify and understand the main issues and risks associated with the decision to procure the PPP project including how to conduct a Value for Money assessment;
  • Use an understanding of the tasks involved in designing a financial model, from the government’s perspective, to propose and evaluate the financial structure for a PPP project;
  • Establish the basic elements required to design a preliminary contract structure, including risk allocation;
  • Identify the main issues of estimating costs and suggest ways of adjusting them for risk;
  • Help to define a strategy for market testing, observing the key aspects of the Process relevant to its success, whilst giving consideration to the strategic issues involved (including transparency and governance);
  • Use an understanding of the basic structure of alternative procurement routes, and how they relate to the outcomes of the Tender Process, to propose an appropriate procurement route for a PPP project.
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Course Materials and Additional Information

Detailed information and additional resources about the Public Private Partnerships Preparation training:

Individuals who work on, or are preparing to work on, the development or implementation of Public Private Partnership policies or the initiation and preparation of PPP projects, mostly public sector officials and practitioners and their advisors and consultants. Private sector (private industry i.e. developers, contractors, investors and financiers) has an interest as a way to better understand the PPP concept as an asset/business opportunity, and Government objectives and institutional arrangements.

The Public Private Partnerships Preparation examination is structured as follows:

  • Complex multiple choice
  • 4 questions – 20 question items per question, each worth one mark
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) – 50%
  • 2½ hours duration
  • Open book (PPP Guide only)

Download the syllabus


Planned and Upcoming Courses

The following dates have currently been planned for open enrollment:


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VIRTUAL COURSE: USD 2350 | MYR 9400 | SGD 3525

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