The APMG PPP Certification Program: Q&A with Kaara Wainaina

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The APMG PPP Certification Program enables participants to take their skills to the next level, and the Certified PPP Professional (CP3P) credential is a means to officially convey that expertise and ability.
 
At the core of the program is the PPP Guide, a comprehensive Body of Knowledge that distills globally agreed-upon definitions, concepts, and best practices on PPPs. The 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), with financial support from the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF).
 
Whether you’re thinking about signing up, or already enrolled, in this series we share some insight from practitioners who have already passed the test. This week, we caught up with Kaara Wainaina, an external affairs officer in Kenya’s PPP Unit. Read his answers below.


QUESTION 1: This is a unique certification program because it focuses on public-private partnerships and because it provides training and self-study testing to attain certification. What led you to pursue the CP3P credential?
 
My knowledge of PPPs has largely been through working ‘hands-on’ within Kenya’s PPP Unit. While this approach is effective in being highly pragmatic, sometimes it results in information gaps and a lack of full understanding of the logic driving some approaches and views on PPPs. I attended the course to learn more about the theory upon which the practice is built.

QUESTION 2: Would you advise your peers to register, and why?
 
Yes I would, I found the content rich, well explained and drawing from PPP practice across the globe. That diversity made it quite worthwhile.
 
QUESTION 3: Please tell us more about your career. How do you plan to incorporate what you’ve learned?
 
Working within a PPP Unit, I often find myself in contexts that require I explain different aspects and phases of PPPs especially to government agencies implementing or keen to implement projects. Gaining in-depth understanding will translate to my being able to provide better technical support. Further, as a communications expert within a PPP Unit tasked with capacity building and awareness creation on PPPs, the knowledge gained will make me a better PPP Champion.
 
QUESTION 4: As someone who has already passed the PPP certification exam, what advice could you share with people who are studying for it right now?
 
For both experienced hands and those new to PPPs, it’s critical they study the course material sufficiently. For a person who has learned a lot on PPPs through practice, I encountered a few definitions, for instance, which are somewhat different in the course material than what I am used to in practice. Another piece of advice: don’t take too long on any one question, you can return to the tricky ones later; use your test time efficiently
 
QUESTION 5: If you were going to add a test question, what would it be? 
 
What is the most critical success factor for PPPs in a country? (Political will, sound framework, well-structured projects etc.)
 
 

Ready to Register?

PPP certification leads to fruitful project preparation and implementation. To register, visit the APMG Public-Private Partnerships Certification Program website, where you will find the free and downloadable APMG International’s CP3P training course. You can book your exam up to one year in advance. The 40-minute multiple-choice test can be taken online or in person at one of several Accredited Training Organizations. More details are on the FAQs page. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].  
 

Authors

Kaara Wainaina

External Affairs Expert, PPP Unit, National Treasury of Kenya

Join the Conversation

umaru Adamu fika
August 08, 2017

hi good afternoon I have read about this course and I am interested I would like to know the cost am based in Abuja Nigeria Nigeria is a nation struggling to provide adequate infrastructure due to lack of adequate resources

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

The PPP Certification Program Guide (referred to as the PPP Guide) is integral to the certification and is available to download free of charge from the website at https://ppp-certification.com.
The training courses will be delivered both online via e-learning and through our Accredited Training Organisations (ATOs).The cost of the training course will be determined by the training provider, so you will need to contact them directly for a quote. Please be aware that the training providers are able to deliver courses in countries outside of where their head office is located. The cost of sitting the Foundation exam should be included in the cost of the course, so please ensure that you check this at the time of booking with your chosen provider.

Ronald Ssebirumbi
August 08, 2017

I wish to study and become a certified ppp professional. What are the requirements?

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

The pre-requisites for the Certification Program includes individuals working on PPPs or individuals interested in learning about PPPs, regardless of discipline or sector. Anyone can apply to take the exams leading to gaining the CP3P credential, however in order to be eligible to take the Preparation and Execution exams, you must have already passed the Foundation exam. Some previous knowledge or experience in the topics covered in the PPP Guide, related to PPPs in general will be advantageous, but lack of experience should not prevent anyone from taking part in the Certification Program.

KASANDA ELISA
August 08, 2017

it a good program

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

Thank you for your kind feedback.

Dr. Mohamed Taher Abdelrazik Hamada, Ph.D
August 08, 2017

I have comments on the PPPS , but i did not get a chance to practice them
I like to share my points of view about the PPPS , as Mr. Kaara Wainaina mentioned
the political will and sound frame work are very essential to make PPPS projects a
success , specially in developing countries which are the main core of the World Bank
and whwere the resources in these countries are tight in cmoparison to the population
growth in these countries.
Yours Very Respectfully,
Dr. Mohamed Taher Abdelrazik Hamada, Ph.D
Retired Professor at Strayer University, USA
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APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

Thank you very much for your comments.

JUMA YUSUF HAINENI
August 08, 2017

Certainly PPP is the way to go but alot has to be done to sensitize the citizenry on the same. PPP risks to be taken to mean take over of public resources thus denying governments revenue.The benefits of PPP outways by far the disadvantages if well understood. More locals should be trained in this aspect to realise development to developing countries.

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

Thank you very much for your thoughts. We at APMG are here to help those keen to undertake the PPP certification and guide them through the way. To start with, the PPP Certification Program Guide (referred to as the PPP Guide) is integral to the certification and is available to download free of charge from the website at https://ppp-certification.com.

Augustine K Rono
August 08, 2017

I am a Kenyan working and manaherial level in the public service sector.I wish to enrol for the APMG International CP3P program.
What are the cost implications and how long will it take(on average) attain certification.
Thank you.
Augustine K Rono
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APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

Thank you very much for your interest. The PPP Certification Program Guide (referred to as the PPP Guide) is integral to the certification and is available to download free of charge from the website at https://ppp-certification.com.
The cost of the training course will be determined by the training provider, so you will need to contact them directly for a quote. Please be aware that the training providers are able to deliver courses in countries outside of where their head office is located. The cost of sitting the Foundation exam should be included in the cost of the course, so please ensure that you check this at the time of booking with your chosen provider.

Benjamin Ogbobe
August 08, 2017

Thanks for the encouraging advice

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

You are most welcome and we are here to help you get started.

Ahmed Bello Alkali
August 09, 2017

I have a great interest in this training. I believe it will be of a great help to the 3rd world countries, I admire this programme. I would like to enroll.

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

Thank you very much for your thoughts. You can get started by downloading the PPP Certification Program Guide.
The PPP Certification Program Guide (referred to as the PPP Guide) is integral to the certification and is available to download free of charge from the website at https://ppp-certification.com.
This is a professional certification and the PPP Guide comprises 8 chapters. The first level of certification (Foundation), which is based on the Introduction and Overview chapter, is mandatory and must be completed before going on to study other chapters.

Caroline Chema Eric
August 10, 2017

CP3P training course brings an opportunity for learning different contexts of PPPs from across the globe. Even after passing the exam, I still keep going back to the Guide book to find references for different topics, and it's coverage on Project Financing is invaluable.

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

Congratulations on passing the exam and good luck. Thank you for your kind feedback.

Ronald Twino
August 10, 2017

What are the requirements for one to on that course for example some one with engineering background can have a chance?

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

Of course they can. The audience for the Certification Program includes individuals working on PPPs. or individuals interested in learning about PPPs, regardless of discipline or sector. Anyone can apply to take the exams leading to gaining the CP3P credential, however in order to be eligible to take the Preparation and Execution exams, you must have already passed the Foundation exam. Some previous knowledge or experience in the topics covered in the PPP Guide, related to PPPs in general will be advantageous, but lack of experience should not prevent anyone from taking part in the Certification Program.

APMG PPP Team
August 11, 2017

Thank you all for your very valuable thoughts and comments. We have tried to answer most them here. If you have any more questions or need more information may we request you to please email APMG International on this email address [email protected]

Oto Obong Michael
August 14, 2017

Am very much grateful for this partnership program to everyone involves And I will very much appreciated If my interest will approved to this training program thanks

Nufi Yohanna
August 17, 2017

I just completed my my training facilitated by Weircapacity. Am sitting for the exams tomorrow. The experience is quite profound.

APMG PPP Team
August 17, 2017

We are glad you think it is valuable, you can look up for training organisations that are closest to you and register your interest in doing the certification. You can find a list of the training organisations on our website here, https://ppp-certification.com/training-providers. You can find online training options here too. if you need any help please email us on [email protected]

Jacques Cook
August 24, 2017

I am a PPP trainer and practitioner. I took the exam and read the materials so that I would be able to answer inquiries from interested colleagues and trainees. I found the materials very thorough, but frankly feel they can be improved based on feedback obtained from participants and experienced professionals in the field. I also think it would be useful to redesign the test in parts to make sure it is not just testing memory and rote learning. All in all a very valuable effort to expand the universe of PPP knowledge.

Edem Nelson
August 29, 2017

I am quite interested in participating in this training. How will this training impact on my upward motion in life?
Edem Nelson

peter sarungi
June 24, 2018

Am Peter Sarungi from Tanzania, am very interested for PPP Training and we are going to provide training under Institute of Procurement and Supply (PPP training Department) soon as ATO - APMG. all interested people from Kenya, uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda are welcomed to participate in these knowledge transforming regarding PPP. E-mail us through [email protected]