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What is ChPP?

The Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard is a professional benchmark that demonstrates attainment of a defined level of technical knowledge, professional practice and ethical behaviour. It forms the basis of the assessment that applicants must pass to gain ChPP status and inclusion on the Register of Chartered Project Professionals. The Register of Chartered Project Professionals will open for applications on 16 May 2018.

Who should become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP)?

ChPP is for anyone that is meets the following criteria:

  1. having a proven track record delivering projects, programmes, portfolios or a key control or enabling function and;
  2. having up-to-date knowledge of current practices and methods and;
  3. being actively involved in the project management profession.

You do not need to be an APM member to apply.  Existing members of APM belong to a chartered body but in order to achieve chartered status on an individual basis, they will need to apply for the Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard. A range of support services will be provided in order to support those that want to achieve ChPP. These support services are currently being developed and more information will follow in Q2 2018.

Benefits of becoming chartered

For you it means:  For employers it means:
  • Personal recognition from your peers in project management and other professions.
  • Enhanced CV to stand out in the job market.
  • A framework for the development of your career.
  • International recognition.
  • Assurance for clients of high standards and ethical practice.
  • Use of the post nominal ChPP.
  • Increased understanding, helping you to work more effectively.
  • Proof of a high standard of practice and ethical standards.
  • Attracting the best talent by actively supporting chartered.
  • A competitive edge.
  • A ready-made framework for developing your people.
  • Motivated team committed to continued professional development and ethics.
  • Increased status of project management in organisations/clients and the public.

When can you become chartered?

Routes to chartered

The chartered standard has been designed to be accessible yet rigorous with different assessment routes according to qualifications, previous assessments and experience. 

Everyone is assessed equally - the same requirements for technical knowledge and professional practice apply to everyone but they are tested in different ways. 

There are three routes and the online application process will guide you through according to whether you have a recognised assessment and what it covers:

  • Route 1: for those who have a recognised assessment for technical knowledge
  • Route 2: for those who have a recognised assessment for technical knowledge and professional practice
  • Route 3: an experiential route for those who do not have a recognised assessment but do meet the eligibility criteria

What will be assessed? 

The application process is designed to assess the following areas. You will need to show:

  • Technical knowledge: advanced technical knowledge and understanding of how to deliver projects, programmes or portfolios taking into account many interacting factors and different approaches that could be taken.
  • Professional practice: successful application of this knowledge to deliver projects, programmes or portfolios that involved:
    Uncertainty or conflicting objectives
    High levels of unpredictability or risk
    Multiple work packages, projects or programmes
    Multiple interdependent stakeholders, possibly with competing interests
  • You will need to commit to professional ethics and show continuing professional development (CPD). You will also need two proposers who support your application.

For the full details of competences that will be assessed, download the ChPP application guidance.

How will ChPP be assessed?       

The assessment process comprises of two stages*:

Stage one: written submission – applicants are required to provide a written submission including:

  • Provide evidence of professional practice.
  • A record of 35 hours continuing professional development (CPD) from the previous 12 months.
  • Details of two proposers.

Stage two: Interview– an interview lasting up to two hours exploring the evidence submitted in the written submission and ethical behaviour.

* Depending on your route to becoming a chartered project professional this may change. Please refer to the applicant guidance for full details of how you will be assessed.

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How will the chartered standard bring value to my career?

The award of the Chartered Project Professional standard will bring value to you personally as a recognisable mark of quality and professionalism. The standard is also valued by employers who see the benefits in a competitive market of employing a team of chartered project professionals. Much of this value comes from the knowledge that there is a rigorous assessment process behind the award and that the chartered standard is a recognised professional designation across a range of professions.

How long will the ChPP assessment process take once I have submitted my application?

The register will open for the first applications on 16 May.

You should allow about four months from submission. This will give you time to prepare, arrange the interview and for the panel to meet.

If you need to prepare a written submission this can take some time but the online application process will allow you to do this by saving your application as you make your way through the process. You will need to write up the projects, programmes or portfolios on which you wish to draw and provide evidence for 12 competences. Don’t rush, you should spend time on your application and allow time for proof reading.

What happens if I haven’t been directly involved in delivering projects for some time? Am I eligible to apply?

If your most recent experience of delivering projects is more than five years old, you can still apply when the register opens for applications  on 16 May 2018.  But you will need to provide additional evidence to explain how you have kept current during this time. For more information about what is required please refer to the application guidance notes.

What are the fees for an application to become a Chartered Project Professional?

The total cost of assessment for the various routes is as follows:

Route 1: £710 +VAT
Route 2: £245 +VAT
Route 3: £1,110 +VAT

The annual registration fee will be £80 +VAT, with the first payment due 12 months after award of ChPP.

What support is available to help me to prepare?

APM is developing a range for materials which will be available to support you in preparing your application. More information about these support services will follow in Q2 2018.

What is the link between membership and ChPP?

Under the requirements of the Royal Charter applying for chartered status is open to all project professionals. The Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard has different requirements from membership of APM so there is no direct link.

Being a member of APM holds significant value in itself. It offers opportunities to attend our knowledge and networking events, become a part of our extensive volunteer community and access member-only resources. Membership also provides access to CPD opportunities which will help to support fulfilment of CPD requirements for maintaining ChPP.

You might also wish to consider becoming a Fellow of APM which offer recognition by your peers of a significant contribution to the development of the art and science of project management. APM Fellows are entitled to use the post-nominals (FAPM).

What is the link between APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) and ChPP?

If you already hold the RPP standard you may be eligible for the Route 2 option for applying for the chartered standard. This process for APM Registered Project Professionals is very straightforward.  As an RPP you are deemed to have already demonstrated your technical knowledge and professional practice so the chartered process simply asks for evidence of CPD and commitment to ethical and professional behaviour, plus validation of the application through a 30 minute phone interview. We hope that RPPs will be keen to become ChPP in line with the process which is compliant with APM’s Royal Charter.

What is the difference between Fellowship and ChPP?

Fellowship provides recognition for senior individuals who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Fellows can make use of the highly regarded FAPM post-nominals and gain access to APM’s network of other influential figures in the profession. ChPP is aimed at a broader range of candidates, including those early in their career as a project professional, and focuses on effective practice, i.e. delivery of projects, programmes or portfolios.

Why isn’t my qualification listed as a recognised assessment?

Initially, a small number of qualifications have been confirmed as 'recognised assessments'.  Education providers are able to apply to APM to have their qualification recognised and these will go through a rigorous assessment process. If you do not hold a recognised assessment you will be able to apply through Route 3 which offers an opportunity to demonstrate your professional experience. You will be expected to provide written evidence to show how you meet the competences and technical knowledge will be tested through the interview process.

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Email chartered@apm.org.uk

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