Royal Charter

For nearly 800 years Royal Charters have been awarded to professional bodies, learned societies and world-class institutions that represent the values of trust, respect and reliability.

In April 2017 the award-winning Association for Project Management (APM) joined this unique group of organisations by becoming the Chartered body for the project profession.

It is a significant milestone in the history of the profession enhancing the status and recognition of project management as a means of delivering effective change that improves our economy and society.

Project professionalism

Professional project management has never been more vital or relevant. Technology and political change, greater connectivity, climate change and economic uncertainty are establishing a new global norm.

The Royal Charter is an internationally recognised mark of quality providing the profession with a platform to raise awareness of our skills, improve standards and develop our practice for the benefit of all.

Society expects more for less; our needs grow and become more complex. In these extraordinary times there is a need to manage change effectively, efficiently and to capitalise on the opportunities available while driving forward new and innovative achievements.

Over the coming months, the Association for Project Management will develop the standards and values that will become the benchmark for professional project management through a Register of Chartered Project Professionals.

Thought leadership

As part of the launch year of Chartered status, APM is publishing a series of thought-leadership papers for the benefit of members, as well as interested stakeholders.

The papers will examine and debate the key components of Chartered and the contribution we believe it will make to advancing the professionalism, and the profession, of project management.

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Association for Project Management

Working with government, the private sector and professional bodies for the public benefit, APM will use Chartered status to raise the profile, awareness and understanding of project management by:

  • enhancing the status and recognition of project management as a means of delivering effective change that improves our economy and society;
  • raising standards through a robustly assessed Register of Chartered Project Professionals who are committed to professional development and a code of conduct;
  • facilitating continued collaboration and research with other professions to develop the practice and theory of delivering successful change across sectors and industries;
  • offering assurance to users of project management services through the association’s regulating authority;
  • providing a framework for improving project performance.

Chartered status is the end of one journey and the start of another. It confirms project, programme and portfolio management as the key to delivering change that benefits society. It signals the start of a journey to establish credible, capable and trusted professionals delivering effective change in all sectors and for all stakeholders.


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What is Chartered status?

Royal Charters are awarded by the Queen to recognise leading organisations in their field. APM was awarded its Royal Charter in 2016 and will launch as a Chartered body in April 2017. Chartered status will:

  • raise standards through a register of Chartered Project Professionals;
  • raise the status of project management;
  • allow us to collaborate with other professions to develop the project management practice.

What is the Chartered body for the project profession?

In April 2017 APM will become the Chartered body for the project profession. It is a new organisation which will replace the existing charity. APM is transferring all its assets including contracts, IT, people, buildings and intellectual property to the new Chartered body. This will be complete by 1 April 2017 when we will launch as a Chartered body.

Will APM change its name and logo?

No. We will adopt a new strapline – the Chartered body for the project profession – on our website, emails and printed materials so that it is clear we are a Chartered body. We will investigate options to change our name in the future.

Will RPP be the new Chartered Project Professional standard?

Only a Chartered body can set a Chartered standard. So, we can only start the process of setting the standard when we launch in April. We plan to publish the Chartered Project Professional standard in November 2017 following consultation. We anticipate launching the Chartered Project Professional standard in spring 2018.


I’m a member – will I be Chartered?

Being a member of a Chartered body will hold significant value in itself, but you won’t be held on the register of Chartered Project Professionals, which will launch in spring 2018. The register of Chartered Project Professionals will have different requirements to membership of APM.

Please see our blog post from January 2017 for more information on the granting of a Royal Charter to APM.

Are there any key dates?

  • 17 March – Unveiling of the Royal Charter at Ibis House by Rt Hon John Bercow MP.
  • 1 April – APM becomes the Chartered body for the project profession.
  • 27 April – Celebration event at the APM Project Management Conference in London.
  • November 2017 – Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard published following consultation.
  • Spring 2018 – Applications open for the Register of Chartered Project Professionals.

In what way is APM changing as a ‘legal entity’?

From April 1st, APM will formally change its legal status from being a company limited by guarantee to one governed by Royal Charter. As a result, the association must formally transfer all its assets over from the old organisation to the new one. This means transferring all legal agreements such as contracts, physical assets and intellectual property. This is primarily an administrative process; APM will retain its name and brand identity, its board of trustees and maintain its core activities.

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