APM CPD scheme 

APM expects all professionals to commit to learning that

  • Is a minimum of 35 hours annually
  • Is project related
  • Has been completed within the past 12 months
  • Includes more than 1 activity
  • Includes reflective statements on how the learning has been applied

APM members commit to doing this as part of their annual membership and signing up to the APM Code of Conduct. CPD is sampled for both Registered Project Professionals and Chartered Project Professionals.

What counts as CPD?

APM research carried out in partnership with the Professional Development Consortium found that CPD works best when it is relevant, collaborative, recognised, and personal. You will be involved in CPD without necessarily realising that you are doing it; meeting with colleagues to get a better understanding of a particular issue, attending webinars to fill a gap in your knowledge, reading up on the latest developments in the profession, or shadowing colleagues to gain insight into other ways of approaching things are all part of CPD.

Your learning activities will vary according to your role, sector, and experience and what it is that you need to develop. What you choose to do will depend on the areas that you wish to develop.


The APM CPD scheme for members runs from the date your membership commences and the annual CPD requirement should be undertaken before the renewal of your annual membership. Ensure that all of your activities are within the past 12 months and do include any unfinished, on-going or future CPD activities.

APM does not expect you to undertake any CPD whilst on long term leave (whether long term sick leave, paternity, maternity, adoption or other). However, we would recommend that anyone intending to return to work does what they can to keep themselves up to date.


Who can benefit from CPD? 

  • You - By formalising the learning that you do daily, you will be able to get a sense of purpose and direction through taking control of your career development, making the most of opportunities, and showcasing your achievements.
  • Your employer - Research has shown that those who are actively engaged with CPD demonstrate broader ‘good citizenship’ behaviours such as going the extra mile, and are more committed to their work. It can also be an opportunity to share good practice across the business, and maintain high standards within project management, as well as tying in to appraisals.
  • Your clients - Your clients will benefit from working with a project professional who is committed to staying up to date with the latest good practice in the field of project management.

APM CPD research 

APM was pleased to partner with the Professional Development Consortium for the CPD Research Project. They recommend the following approach to CPD activities:

  • Keep up to date with regulatory changes that affect your role.

This is an absolute bottom line. Read the relevant journals and articles, and attend internal updates and training, and appropriate conferences and courses.

  • Improve your job performance by learning new information, skills, attitudes and behaviours.

Don’t just think about the technical side. To get ahead, you also need people skills. Books, conferences, podcasts, courses and webinars on specific themes such as managing conflict, and negotiating skills may help. Would you benefit from coaching? Undertake both spontaneous and planned CPD.

  • Expand and improve your professional capability.

You may want to develop competences that you don’t need in your current job, but which you may need to get your next job. Or you may want to contribute more to your professional community. Getting a secondment, shadowing a more experienced professional for a day, reviewing books and articles, helping to organise a professional event, learning to be a coach and much else can count as CPD.

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