APM announces launch of its new Registered Project Professional standard
A new designation designed to raise the standards of professional project management, that was announced at the APM annual conference and awards 2010, has celebrated its first group of successful candidates. Following the completion of the first pilot of the new APM Registered Project Professional standard in August 2010 28 candidates were awarded with their certificates during a presentation at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster on 25th November 2010.
APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a new standard that will acknowledge that all professionals across projects, programme and portfolios have reached a recognised standard in their profession. RPP assesses both knowledge and experience across a range of different competencies. APM will start accepting applications for the new standard in March 2011 signifying a significant step forward for the profession.
Speaking at the presentation, Mike Nichols, APM chairman, declared himself “absolutely delighted” that APM are at the forefront of developing the industry. He said: “APM will be able to make its impact on the project management world by launching a new wave of extraordinarily capable project managers who are able to display their commitment by proudly wearing the badge of Registered Project Professional”.
Paul Erricker, project manager on the development of the RPP standard, explained that the standard is based around similar competencies found within the APM Competence Framework, saying: “The competencies are the building blocks that underpin the standard itself”. Paul believes that RPP is an opportunity for people to really develop their career. He feels that those wanting to undertake the RPP process initially will be experienced project managers, but added: “Ultimately it is for those who are developing in project management who want to have a recognised professional standard that they can drive their careers towards”.
Mike Nichols added that it is “especially important” to have the first pilot exercise completed and have successful candidates who have gone through the process becoming, not just Registered Project Professionals, but for some, assessors of future candidates. Geraldine Duffy; a freelance project manager, project management consultant and educator; successfully completed the process as both a candidate and assessor found it to be a positive experience as filling in her portfolio was both challenging and interesting. She said: “I was given a good opportunity to be able to talk about my experiences in project management”.
The second preliminary stage was completed in November with the third and final phase of the pilot process in February readying for the official launch in March 2011. This thorough pilot scheme has allowed the APM to develop a robust process that successful candidate, Stephen Norton, found both “interesting and rewarding”. The programmes and engineering manager from Thales wanted to have his own professional background and competencies independently assessed and found that RPP was the ideal way of doing that. Stephen said: “Going through the process was straight forward. The most valuable part of the preparation was going back to the APM Competence Framework and working through it. That is the advice I’d give to anybody. Start slow and take your time to work through the competencies set and assess yourself against them. That helped enormously”.
Paul Erricker added that, along with tremendous support from the stakeholders, APM have developed “the right standard, pitched at the right level, for the right people in the professional community”.
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