Association for Project Management

Working with government, the private sector and professional bodies for the public benefit, APM will use chartered status to raise the profile, awareness and understanding of project management by:

  • enhancing the status and recognition of project management as a means of delivering effective change that improves our economy and society;
  • raising standards through a robustly assessed Register of Chartered Project Professionals who are committed to professional development and a code of conduct;
  • facilitating continued collaboration and research with other professions to develop the practice and theory of delivering successful change across sectors and industries;
  • offering assurance to users of project management services through the association’s regulating authority;
  • providing a framework for improving project performance.

Benefits of becoming chartered

For APM,  the profession and the public it means

  • Enhanced status of project management
  • Raised standards of practice
  • Better public understanding and confidence in what we do
  • Assurance and confidence for customers of project management services
  • Opening the door to collaboration with other professions 

Chartered standard consultation response

There was extensive and successful consultation from July-September 2017, which saw over 70% of respondents indicating their support and recognition of the standard. Feedback during the consultation has contributed to modifications to the original proposals, ensuring that the chartered standard is robust and inclusive. Changes made following feedback include;

  • Definition of the term “professionally active” to be more inclusive of the range of roles, experience and seniority in the project management profession
  • Revision of the number and split of competences to meet the requirements of and encapsulate the key competences required by the profession
  • Reduction in the length of the written submission in line with other professional bodies
  • Revision of the assessment method for technical knowledge for the experiential route (Route three).

Download consultation response

Thought leadership

As part of the launch year of chartered status, APM is publishing a series of thought-leadership papers for the benefit of members, as well as interested stakeholders.

The papers will examine and debate the key components of chartered and the contribution APM believes it will make to advancing the professionalism, and the profession, of project management.

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