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EPM European Project Management

The EPM Fundamentals certification is an update to the previous ePMQ certification and it certifies the knowledge of project management as well as the skills related to the use of Microsoft Project, i.e. a software for managing projects.


To obtain the certification, it is required to pass two modules:

  • EPM Knowledge
  • EPM Ability

The EPM Knowledge module deals with Project Management techniques and tests the fundamental skills required to manage projects in institutions and companies.

The EPM Ability module introduces the use of Microsoft Project, which is a project management software.

All of the steps to follow to obtain the certification are listed below.

Purchase EPM Skills Card and exams

First, you have to pay for an EPM Certification fee, which includes a Skills Card and two exams.

In case you need to retake an exam or you already have an EPM Skills Card, you can pay for one exam fee.


Bocconi students

External users

EPM Certification (inclusive of one Skills Card and two exams)

160 €

200 €

One exam fee

40 €

50 €

The online payment procedure for Bocconi students is available on the yoU@B Diary by clicking on “Buy products” in the “IT Certifications” box. The online payment procedure for external users is available here.

Register for the exams

After the purchase:


can register through their yoU@B Diary by clicking on “Register for ECDL Advanced and EPM exams” in the “IT Certifications” box and following the instructions.

It is also possible to modify or cancel existing registrations. The purchased modules will be available again for other exam sessions. Please note that registrations for EPM exams and any modifications or cancellations are only possible until 11:59 PM on the Thursday of the week prior to the chosen date.


can submit their registration by sending an email to until 11:59 PM on the Thursday of the week prior to the chosen date.

The exam is in Italian. Those wishing to take the exam in English must request it when applying for the exam. Any request for modification or cancellation can be submitted to until 11:59 PM on the Thursday of the week prior to the chosen date.


Upcoming exam sessions:

Exam date

Approximate time


Registration period

Software used


Fri. 08/03/2019


Room 304
(via Gobbi 5)

Until 28/02/2019

Microsoft Project 2016


Fri. 12/04/2019


Room 304
(via Gobbi 5)

Until 04/04/2019

Microsoft Project 2016


Fri. 10/05/2019


Room 304
(via Gobbi 5)

Until 02/05/2019

Microsoft Project 2016


Fri. 07/06/2019


Room 304
(via Gobbi 5)

Until 30/05/2019

Microsoft Project 2016


Wed. 10/07/2019


Room 304
(via Gobbi 5)

Until 04/07/2019

Microsoft Project 2016


Fri. 20/09/2019

14:30Room 304
(via Gobbi 5)
Until 12/09/2019Microsoft Project 2016ITA / ENG
Fri. 18/10/201914:30Room 304 
(via Gobbi 5)
Until 10/10/2019Microsoft Project 2016ITA / ENG

 Get exam ready

Among SEDIN’s supplementary activities, the “Project management with Office” course is organized. The course is free for Bocconi students, who can register through the yoU@B Diary. External users wishing to take part can pay for the course fee through the online procedure available here.

The following books (in Italian only) are recommended for exam preparation:

  • EPM Knowledge: Marco Arcuri, Project management: conoscenze, abilità e soft skill secondo le norme UNI ISO 21500 e UNI 11648, Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche
  • EPM Ability: Nuova ECDL - Project Planning (MSProject2013), AICA

A sample test for EPM Ability module is also available for download from

Take the exams

Form of examination: tests include both theoretical and practical questions on Microsoft Project 2016. Each exam lasts 45 minutes. Further information is available on AICA’s website (Italian only).

EPM exams take place in room 304 in via Gobbi 5 (third floor). Candidates should turn up at least 10 minutes before the exam begins. If a candidate arrives late, the examiner is allowed to exclude s/he from the examination session.

Obtain the EPM certificate

Once you have passed the exams, the EPM Fundamentals certificate will be sent in .pdf format to the Bocconi email address. External users will receive the certificate at the email address provided throughout the online payment procedure.

With the EPM Fundamentals certificate, candidates gain access to the optional EPM Professional module. For further information, please visit AICA’s website ( (Italian only)

Conversion of ePMQ Skills Card and exams

Those who have already started taking ePMQ tests, yet have not completed the certification, can request free conversion of their ePMQ Skills Card into an EPM Skills Card.

Similarly, already passed ePMQ modules can be converted free-of-charge into EPM Fundamentals modules in order to complete the certification and obtain the EPM Fundamentals certificate.

The ePMQ-EPM correspondence is as follows:

  • ePMQ Fundamentals  -> EPM Knowledge
  • ECDL Project Planning - > EPM Ability

Last modified 29/05/2019 - 15:36:15