Chartered standard

APM's chartered standard is the professional benchmark that demonstrates a defined level of technical knowledge, professional practice and ethical behaviour required to become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP).

Routes to achieving chartered status

Drawn from the APM Competence Framework, ChPP will recognise the diverse paths individuals may have taken to achieving the chartered standard. There will be three distinct routes;

  • Route one: For project professionals who have a recognised assessment for technical knowledge
  • Route two: For project professionals who have a recognised assessment for technical knowledge and professional practice
  • Route three: An experiential route for project professionals who do not have a recognised assessment, but do meet the eligibility requirements.

APM will issue further detail about the assessment process and guidance in Q1 of 2018 prior to inviting applications for admission to the Register of Chartered Project Professionals in spring 2018.

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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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.

Read more about our members and what they think about chartered status.

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FAQs

What is the Chartered Project Professional standard?

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 published standard can be found here.

What were the outcomes of the consultation on proposals for the chartered standard?

The consultation ran from July-September 2017 and APM’s response to the feedback can be found here.

When can I apply to become a Chartered Project Professional?

Applications will open in spring 2018. In the meantime, APM will continue to develop supporting materials, including detailed assessment criteria and applicant guidance, for further release in quarter one of next year.

What are the different routes to becoming a Chartered Project Professional?

The Chartered Project Professional standard has been designed to be rigorous and equally accessible to individuals with qualifications or with significant relevant experience of projects, programmes or portfolios. All applicants will be required to pass an assessment of technical knowledge and an assessment of professional practice in the designated competences.

There will be three different routes:

Route one: For project professionals who have a recognised assessment for technical knowledge.

Route two: For project professionals who have a recognised assessment for technical knowledge and professional practice.

Route three: An experiential route for project professionals who do not have a recognised assessment but meet the eligibility requirements.

What qualifications will be recognised as part of the Chartered Project Professional standard?

An awarding body or other organisation will be able to apply to APM to have its assessments recognised. APM will also being putting its own relevant assessments through this process now that the chartered standard has been finalised.

Further work is required to develop supporting materials and additional guidance will be published in quarter one of 2018.

What is the link between RPP and ChPP?

Now that the chartered standard is finalised, APM will evaluate its own and other assessments to determine whether these meet the necessary requirements of ChPP. This will include the RPP standard.

Without prejudice to that work, it is currently envisaged that those who have achieved RPP will have achieved the technical knowledge and professional practice requirements (Route two).

I am a member – will I be Chartered?

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). 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 early 2018.

What is the link between membership and ChPP?

Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) has different requirements to membership of APM so there is no direct link.

Being a member of APM holds significant value in itself. It allows individuals 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 could help to support fulfilment of CPD requirements for maintaining ChPP.

You might also consider becoming a Fellow of APM which recognises a significant contribution to the development of the art and science of project management.

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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 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.

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