APM Chartered Status update blog post

Submitted by Alex Smith on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:59

As usual, we’ve been incredibly busy here in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

As one of the many things we’ve been doing in what promises to be an exciting 2018, we’ve been actively involved in the consultation process contributing towards the development of the Association of Project Managers’ (APM) new Chartered Standard for project professionals.

For those of you that may not have heard, earlier this year, the APM was awarded a Royal Charter, starting the process to become a chartered body. Significantly, this means that, for the first time, project and programme management professionals can attain chartered status and be included on a Register of Chartered Project Professionals - for some more info, please watch their video here.

The fact that there is now the option to become a chartered project professional is in itself a recognition of how important project and programme management capability has come to be regarded, and represents the pinnacle of the profession.

The consultation response that we contributed to has been published and, in summary, over 70% of respondents said that they were likely to support and recognize the standard. Initial details of the standard have also been published and APM will release more information in support of the standard between now and Spring 2018 when they will start to invite applications for admission to the Register of Chartered Project Professionals.

To achieve the chartered standard, and entry onto the Register of Chartered Project Professionals, you would be required to:

  • pass an assessment of technical knowledge in the designated competences;
  • pass an assessment of professional practice in the designated competences;
  • provide details of two proposers in support of your application;
  • confirm CPD and reflective learning has been undertaken in the past 12 months, and commit to continuing to comply with APM’s CPD requirements;
  • commit to the APM Code of Professional Conduct and provide evidence of an understanding of an ethical way of working as part of an interview process.

Having successfully demonstrated the required evidence, you would then be required to undergo an assessment interview.

So, it’s a robust and thorough process to achieve chartered status, but one that considers both knowledge of best practice theory as well as real world experience. With a significant number of the organisations that contributed to the consultation process (including Quanta) willing to support and recognise the standard, the future of the chartered standard, and what it means for the project and programme management profession, looks incredibly exciting. For more information regarding the standard and the courses we offer to help further your project and programme management skills, please contact us on 01905 610600 or fill out our Contact Form for a callback.