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29 March saw the next major milestone in APM’s chartered journey.  We have published the details of the application process to become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) and announced the date when the register will open for applications - 16 May.

The different routes to becoming a ChPP are set out in the application guidance notes we published before Easter.  The process is rigorous – and rightly so. But it is also designed to be accessible, with different requirements according to qualifications, previous assessments and experience. I hope that this will be a rewarding process for those who take the journey.

The requirements for becoming chartered have been informed by the results of an extensive consultation we undertook last autumn. I’m grateful to everyone who contributed and enabled us to build a chartered standard and application process that will help to develop our profession.

 The information that we have published will, I hope, do three things:

  • Enable you to see what is required
  • Allow you to prepare, either through gathering evidence for an application now, or thinking about development needs for a future application; and
  • Help you with the actual application process.

 We will be updating you as the process evolves – but today is a big step towards the opening of the register on 16 May.

John McGlynn

APM chair


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  1. David Richardson
    David Richardson 11 April 2018, 11:02 AM

    This is great and I look forward to applying but i have a couple of observations: It would be really helpful to see how individuals can progress through the various levels of membership/accreditation i.e. I cannot see any guidance on where CHPP sits in relation to RPP (there are details of how to move from RPP to CHPP - although I understand RPP requirement is "higher" than CHPP - but nothing about progressing from CHPP to RPP - as I understand RPP will continue). Hopefully I am not alone in encouraging colleagues to seek accreditation and this would be really helpful to show the level at which they should be aiming. There is also nothing on the site that i can see that says when the application form will be available - which may frustrate some potential candidates.

  2. Christopher Hirst
    Christopher Hirst 21 April 2018, 07:26 PM

    String leadership for those aiming to be Chartered status is a great thing but where is the base line support for those thinking of going into engineering. My own employer (Aston Martin) who prides themselves on bespoke exemplary standards in their product (Well they are the best I the world but I am biased) see a routine industrial engineer as capable of handling construction projects under CDM regs and boundaries with values running into several millions and encompassing all levels of services without the need to formally recognise the need for strong project management skills. The result is I have inherited a batch of "job" hat are continually late, with little commercial justification, no overall purpose and coming in massively over budget. Surely we as PMs need to consecrate in informing high level industry about the way complex project need to be run before we rush in to put forward additional layers of competence.