Andrew Fox | ChPP

  • Junior project manager, Commonwealth government – 2001

  • Member of the AIPM - 2006 

  • Programme director, The Project Bureau – 2008 – present

  • Prince2® Practitioner & MSP Practitioner – 2009

  • Certified Practicing Project Director – 2013

  • Member of the APM – 2015

  • Masters of Project Management (MPM) Degree, University of Adelaide – 2015

  • Doctor of project management (DPM), University of South Australia - 2016 – present

  • University Lecturer (MPM) Charles Sturt University 2016 – 2018

  • University Lecturer (MPM) Australian National University – 2017 – present

  • Fellow of higher education academy (FHEA) – 2017

  • Project management mentor – 2017

  • AIPM RegPM Assessor - 2018

  • Praxis PPM Framework practitioner – 2020

  • Chartered project professional – 2020

What has the impact been on your career since becoming a Chartered Project Professional?

Quite literally the phone hasn’t stopped ringing to the point now that I need to knock back work (something my Scottish blood hates doing) and this is in a period where the market is very slow due to the pandemic and the only change I have made to my usual marketing is add the word ‘chartered’. It seems quite undeniable to me that there has been some immediate and positive impacts on my business.

What does being chartered mean to you?

Being chartered to me now means recognition that our profession is as real and important as any other and it is a step toward the project profession being understood not just as a generalist profession but as specialists in a very important field. I say a step because this is just the beginning. My vision for chartered project professionals to be on the list of professions that are able to authorise statutory declarations just like solicitors and chartered practicing accountants.

And just like CPAs and solicitors, I would like to see more steps taken to professionalise us. I find it quite maddening that for an accountant to manage tax returns for someone that is earning $30k a year, they need to have a degree in accounting and then go through the chartership process but anyone can put the title project manager on their signature block and all of a sudden be responsible for millions of dollars of an organisations money. There is just something systemically wrong with our thinking when we allow this to happen.

What are you tips for applying to become ChPP?

Be prepared. It isn’t a hard process if you just do your research, do your planning and then go for it. If you get to interview stage, then really your application started many years ago when you were out there getting yelled at by an angry stakeholder, losing sleep because you think you missed something, worrying about your team burning out, getting frustrated that the client wont sign off that last deliverable. That’s when your application started to become chartered and this process is simply demonstrating the experience that you already have.

Would you recommend becoming a Chartered Project Professional?

You bet! One day hopefully soon it will be mandatory before you can all yourself a project professional to become chartered so you might as well just do it now.

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