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:

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.

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

The payment structure for ChPP is as follows:

 

Route 1

Route 2

Route 3

 

Fee

Incl. VAT

Fee

Incl. VAT

Fee

Incl. VAT

Stage 1 (application)

£390

£468

£245

£294

£610

£732

Stage 2 (interview)

£320

£384

£500

£600

Total

£710

£852

£245

£294

£1,110

£1,332


There is a single payment for Route 2 at the point of application. For Routes 1 and 3, the payment is split between the two assessment stages.

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

Should any part of the process need to be repeated, the appropriate fee for that part of the process must be paid at re-submission.

ChPP support services now available

Are you considering applying to become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP)? If so, APM has created a range of support services to assist individuals in preparing their applications.

Find out more

Results release dates

APM will process applications through an assessment cycle. The first three cycles are set out below, APM will update these periodically throughout the year:

Submission deadline

Results release*

Friday 29 June 2018**

This cycle is now closed

Wednesday 31 October 2018

Friday 31 August 2018

This cycle is now closed

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Friday 26 October 2018

This cycle is now closed

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Friday 4 January 2019

Wednesday 3 April 2019

*Successful applicants notified via email from the chartered team and will be added to the public directory on the APM website if they have opted to do so.

** As ChPP is a new standard, APM will accept a limited number of applications for the first submission date to give sufficient time for full quality assurance of the assessment process.

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APM Recognised Assessment Scheme - ChPP

Find out more about the APM Recognised Assessment Scheme and current list of recognised assessments.

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APM - the journey to chartered

APM reached a significant point in its chartered journey with the publication of the chartered standard on 30 November 2017. Find out more about the developments.

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FAQs

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.

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. 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 support is available to help me to prepare?

A range of webinars and one-day workshops has been created to support you in preparing your application. These are available to all, with preferential rates for APM individual members and can be accessed here.

APM has created a helpful guidance document and checklist around the requirements for CPD for the ChPP application process.

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.

How can I access the Project Management Matrix tool that we were shown how to use in the one-day workshop?

You can access the tool here.

How will I use the ChPP postnominals once I become a Chartered Project Professional?

On becoming a Chartered Project Professional, you will be given the post nominals ChPP to use at the end of your name. Here are some examples on how you can use the post nominals:

If you hold ChPP: Your name ChPP

If you hold ChPP and are a member of APM : Your name ChPP, FAPM/MAPM/HonFAPM

If you hold ChPP and RPP: Your name ChPP RPP

If you hold ChPP, RPP and are a member of APM: Your name ChPP, FAPM/MAPM/HonFAPM, RPP

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