Association for Project Management - the Chartered body for the project profession

The Association for Project Management, the Chartered body for the project profession, is committed to developing and promoting project and programme management through its FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. In 2017, APM was awarded a Royal Charter as part of its strategy to raise awareness and standards in the profession. The receipt of a Royal Charter marks a significant achievement in the evolution of project management. There are a number of ways in which you can benefit from what we do, including: 

The award-winning association has over 23,000 individual and 570 corporate members making it the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. APM is the UK member of the International Project Management Association.

Our mission and vision

APM's mission 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"
Read more about APM's vision, Strategy 2020

How APM is run

  • APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, is an educational charity. It is incorporated by Royal Charter RC000890 and is governed by its Charter, which is supplemented by its regulations. You can find the details of our board, the president and board committees here.
  • Read more about our 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 for the award.
  • 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

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APM’s FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism

FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism

The Association for Project Management, the Chartered body
for the project profession, supports professional values.

The FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism provide a framework that helps you develop your career. 

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Volunteer opportunities 

As a leading modern professional body, APM, the Chartered body for the project profession, 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:

More about APM branches and SIGs

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

A guide to APM SIGs can be downloaded here.

Join an APM branch or SIG in your area

  • Branches
  • Specific Interest Groups

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, the Chartered body for the project profession, 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.

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Project Journal overview

Project is the official journal of the Association for Project Management (APM), the Chartered body for the project profession. 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. 

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APM Research

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 fulfill 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 get 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.

APM Research Fund 2017

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