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Naturally, you want to develop your career. So it makes sense that you should be interested in developing your project management knowledge and experience. And, if we combine these together, we can talk about competency.

As part of developing your career, you would ideally measure your competency. Having the ability to measure your competency against a benchmark is great, but it is not an option for most people in many professions. Fortunately, however, this option is very much open to you.

The new APM Competence Framework, launched in June 2015, allows you to do just this. It describes APM’s new view of the competencies necessary to be effective in project, programme, portfolio management and PMO roles in today’s environment. It has been created by professionals for professionals and it provides a common reference for all individuals and organisations engaged in project activities – regardless of their size, sector or geographic location.

So how does it work? There are 27 competencies that make up the full framework. Review each competency and score yourself (be honest!) on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is ‘aware’ and 5 is ‘expert’.

You are likely to score low on some competencies. This is fine. You don’t need to be an expert in everything. APM has defined a series of 14 role profiles that are available to all corporate members. For example, a project manager (intermediate) should achieve a score of ‘proficient’ in conflict management, but only needs to score ‘aware’ for asset allocation.

APM has provided a handy self assessment form on which you can record your scores; you can even ask your manager to complete a scoring as well. It’s important to be honest and recognise that you will have gaps in your knowledge and application, but that’s the point. Knowing your areas of weakness, assuming they are relevant to your role, gives you a clear focus for improvement.

So, the key to developing your career is developing your competency. To develop your competency, you need to benchmark and get the ball rolling.


Vince Hines is managing director at Wellingtone Project Management, an APM career development partner.

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Vince Hines

Posted by Vince Hines on 15th Oct 2015

About the Author

Vince is the Managing Director of Wellingtone, the project management recruitment, training and consulting company based in Windsor, Berkshire. The Association for Project Management and Wellingtone have formed a unique alliance to provide a career development service to the project management profession. Wellingtone is also an APM accredited training company and a Microsoft Gold Partner for Project and Portfolio Management. Vince is an expert Project Management Consultant, having worked with clients across the UK, US and Europe. He retains a number of professional qualifications including MAPM and has extensive real world experience of developing client project management maturity. As Managing Director of Wellingtone Vince has a particular insight into career development and recruitment of project management professionals and is a judge for the Annual APM Awards.

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