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 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

Are there any time limits regarding the process or reapplying?

Your interview must be completed within one year of your successful assessment. There are no time restrictions for reapplying if you are unsuccessful, although your should consider the currency of your submission and CPD, plus any feedback provided with your unsuccessful application.

If I require special dispensations, who do I inform?

Once you have registered online, please contact the chartered team at to make them aware. A dispensation may be allowed for applicants with a medical or physical condition that prevents them from completing the assessment within the normal regulations.

Further details can be found in the Chartered application guidance under special arrangements.

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