APM Registered Project Professional - Professional in every dimension
Having been with the programme to create the APM chartered project professional standard from its very beginning, it’s a pleasure to see the APM Registered Project Professional moving into the final pilot, knowing we will be open for applications from March 1.
It may not have the treasured ‘chartered’ badge yet, but APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is our chartered standard in all but name. It means that anyone achieving RPP will automatically be re-designated chartered project professional (ChPP) when the time comes. APM’s commitment to gaining chartered status remains absolute. In addition, the support we have received, and continue to receive, for the campaign suggests very strongly that raising the standards of the profession is paramount. So it is entirely appropriate that APM should launch RPP for the good of the profession, even whilst the application process for Chartered continues.
Designed to embrace the entire profession, RPP does not require the applicant to have followed a unique course of study or single career path. It recognises that project professionals arrive in their roles from many places. What matters is a robust and rigorous assessment of competence that measures capability in a comprehensive way. Feedback from numerous candidates who have followed the pilot process confirm that is what the RPP process does.
Our 5 Dimensions of Professionalism are at the core of the standard, demonstrating that true professionalism is multi-dimensional – ethical behaviour, a commitment to continuing professional development, a breadth and depth of knowledge and visible achievement through qualifications and experience are all requirements of the true professional. That is what makes RPP very different to other measures of capability currently available to the project management community.
I came across an interesting definition of a profession recently from the website of ‘Professions Australia’
"A profession is a disciplined group of individuals who adhere to ethical standards and who hold themselves out as, and are accepted by the public as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognised body of learning derived from research, education and training at a high level, and who are prepared to apply this knowledge and exercise these skills in the interest of others. It is inherent in the definition of a profession that a code of ethics governs the activities of each profession. Such codes require behaviour and practice beyond the personal moral obligations of an individual. They define and demand high standards of behaviour in respect to the services provided to the public and in dealing with professional colleagues. Further, these codes are enforced by the profession and are acknowledged and accepted by the community."
It’s worth noting the emphasis on ethical standards, the exercise of skills in the interest of others and high standards of behaviour in dealings with the public and professional colleagues. This is what being a professional really means and the more widely such professional ‘standards’ are adopted in project management, the more project management will truly become a respected profession.
Julie is head of membership at APM