The award-winning Association for Project Management is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. There are a number of ways in which you can benefit from what we do, including:
The association is a registered charity with over 21,650 individual and 570 corporate members making it the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. As part of its strategy to raise awareness and standards in the profession it is in the process of applying for a Royal Charter. APM is the United Kingdom member association of IPMA.
APM's mission statement is “To provide leadership to the movement of committed organisations and individuals who share our passion for improving project outcomes”.
Our vision for the profession is ambitious, challenging and radical. Above all, it reflects what society expects: A world in which all projects succeed.
History of project management
The History of project management video celebrates four amazing decades of the profession. Narrated by former APM president Dr Martin Barnes CBE, this short film showcases how integral project management was to their success.
How APM is run
This section explains what APM is and how it is run. Here you can find more about the following:
- APM is a company limited by guarantee. Details of our governance is set out in our constitution and regulations. You can also find the details of our board, the president and board committees.
- APM’s achievements and annual accounts as set out in the most recent annual report and review.
- All about Honorary Fellows. This is one of APM’s most prestigious awards for those who have contributed significantly to the profession. View a list of Honorary Fellows as well as details of how to nominate someone.
- APM membership requires adherence to a Code of Professional Conduct. Details of the Code and the conduct and ethical approach required from members is set out along with the relevant procedural rules.
APM board chair, John McGlynn
As a leading modern professional body, APM relies on the expertise and commitment of its volunteer community for the development and promotion of project and programme management. Opportunities to get involved with voluntary work with APM exist through:
- Volunteering at schools though STEMNET as a STEM Ambassador;
- Inspiring the Future;
- Branches and Specific Interest Groups (SIGs).
Join your closest APM branch
The primary role of the APM branches is to provide high quality events that are accessible to all levels of our membership whilst also serving the wider public good.
These events offer opportunities to members to network, make connections and learn about the latest developments in project, programme and portfolio management as well as helping them with their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
The branches also play an important role as recruiters of new corporate and individual members and develop relationships with local corporates and education institutions.
Join a SIG and get involved
The APM SIGs have an important role to play within APM in creating and disseminating new knowledge. They provide a forum where members and their guests can discuss a particular aspect of project, programme and portfolio management that is of current interest. These groups help further the understanding and practice of tools and techniques within the defined area of interest.
A guide to APM SIGs can be downloaded here.
Proposals for new SIGs that complement the existing groups are always welcome and a process for forming a new SIG can be viewed here. Proposals and enquiries should be sent to the Volunteers' Manager.
APM’s FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism
The Association for Project Management supports professional values. The FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism provide a framework that helps you develop your career.
The APM Code of Professional Conduct outlines the ethical practice expected of a professional.
In 2007 APM set out to achieve Chartered status for the project management profession. The case for raising professional standards in project management has received overwhelming support.
Project and programme management are vital contributors to the UK’s economy, therefore our priorities are:
- To achieve Chartered status for the profession in as short a timescale as possible;
- To maintain the APM project professional standard
APM’s research programme aims to advance new and existing knowledge in the delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios. By developing innovative research and sharing its results and findings, APM helps to develop and promote a profession built around learning and collaboration.
In this way, Research helps to fulfil APM’s charitable objective (to advance the science, theory and practice of project and programme management for the public benefit).
There are a number of ways of getting involved:
- submitting research proposals for funding;
- helping to create practitioner research summaries;
- disseminating research to members of your organisation;
- participating in any APM research studies, consultations or surveys.
Applicants have until 16 January 2017 to submit potential proposals for funding.
APM Publishing and Journal
APM's production process
APM publications aim to advance and broaden the knowledge of professional project management.
Submitting your book proposal to APM
APM welcomes publishing proposals from potential authors with content ideas relating to advancing the art and science of project management.
If you have an idea you’d like to share, please fill in and return our publishing proposal form. The form includes the key information we need regarding content type, scope and audience to consider your idea for publication.
We offer advice on preparing your proposal, style guidelines and editorial and external review.
Project Journal overview
Project is the official journal of the Association for Project Management (APM). The new-look quarterly format aims to provide project management professionals with in-depth and insightful articles on all aspects of project, programme and portfolio management.
How do I receive Project?
Project is distributed free to all APM members. They automatically receive the journal as part of their membership benefits.
If you wish to become a member, please have a look at our membership section for further information.