RPP 1st edition FAQs

RPP 2nd edition FAQs

What previous qualifications are relevant to APM Registered Project Professional?

APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is an assessment of competence based on your portfolio of evidence. There are tailored routes for APM Fellows (FAPM). Other grades of APM membership and APM qualifications may satisfy elements of APM Registered Project Professional and other qualifications will be considered relevant CPD, if taken within the last 12 months.

How can holders of CPM, IPMA Level B, become APM Registered Project Professionals?

Those who have already achieved the APM Certificated Project Manager (CPM), IPMA Level B, qualification have already demonstrated that they have successfully managed a complex project. They are therefore exempt from completing the portfolio of evidence and professional review component of RPP. CPMs must, though, be able to show that they are currently practising or working in a project environment, and that they have completed at least 35 hours of CPD within the last 12 months. They must also be or become Full Members of APM. Holders of CPM, IPMA Level B,  who wish to apply for RPP can request information from APM.

How can Fellows of APM become APM Registered Project Professionals?

The accelerated FAPM to RPP route is no longer available; however, the FAPM to RPP route fee of £450+VAT will be honoured for any FAPM who applies for RPP using the standard application route before 1st April 2016.

Can I take APM Registered Project Professional if I am a project specialist?

APM Registered Project Professional is a pan-sector standard applying to a wide variety of project professionals including specialists. Specialists are expected to demonstrate all RPP competences directly or by managing others within a complex project environment.

Can I apply for APM Registered Project Professional if I am not based in the UK?

There is no restriction on who can apply for APM Registered Project Professional although typically professional reviews will take place in the UK. If you are based outside of the UK, we do have methods available. Please get in touch to find out more.

Why must I become an APM member when I become APM Registered Project Professional?

Accountability is a key element of the APM FIVE Dimensions of ProfessionalismAPM Membership confirms your commitment to the APM Code of Professional Conduct.

Are there any time limits regarding the process or reapplying?

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

How recent does my evidence need to be?

The majority of evidence must be taken from the projects within the project track record, and therefore within the past 8 years. Further information is available in the candidate guidance notes.

Who is an appropriate referee for my application?

Your referees should be senior, informed individuals who will endorse your competence, knowledge and performance. Your referees will be asked to confirm your responsible leadership and management of others in a complex project environment by email. At least one should be a major stakeholder of one of the complex projects in your portfolio of evidence.

Will my professional review assessors be sector specialists?

Your professional review will be with current APM Registered Project Professionals who will have undergone additional training to become APM Registered Project Professional assessors. They are not selected based on their sector knowledge, but are experienced professionals who will have an understanding of your portfolio of evidence.

When do RPP fees become payable?

The RPP application fee is payable at the two stages of the process: when the portfolio of evidence application form is received and when the professional review is arranged. When your application is received and processed, APM will contact you for the first payment. Payment can be made by debit or credit card. If you are not a member of APM, a membership fee is payable at this stage.
When arrangements are made for the professional review, the second stage fee becomes payable. Current RPP fees can be found on the RPP webpage. Should any part of the process need to be repeated, the appropriate fee must be paid at that time.

Should I need to cancel or rearrange my professional review, is there a cancellation policy?

If there is a need to cancel your professional review, and it is before the twenty eight (28) day cut-off, there will be no penalty.  If however there is a need to cancel your professional review within twenty eight (28) days of the confirmed professional review date, you will incur the entire fee, and when you reschedule a second fee will become payable.

Can Honorary Fellows use the route to RPP designed for Fellows?

The accelerated FAPM to RPP route is no longer available; however, the FAPM to RPP route fee of £450+VAT will be honoured for any FAPM who applies for RPP using the standard application route before 1st April 2016. This discounted rate is open to any Honorary Fellows, if they were previously Fellows of APM.

What recognition is given to holders of APM qualifications or memberships?

APM recognises these achievements as evidence of knowledge, CPD or competence, depending on the particular qualification or level of membership.


What is the appeals process?

Unsuccessful candidates can appeal on the basis of the assessment process only after their professional review. A decision to find your application unsuccessful at the portfolio assessment is not subject to appeal. Appeals must be made in writing within 28 days of receiving your results. The decision at the conclusion of the appeals process is final. Further information regarding the appeals process is available from apmrpp@apm.org.uk

I have already started my application towards RPP, do I need to start my application again after the 20th February?

No, If you have started your application you have until the 31st March 2017 to submit your portfolio of evidence.

What are the time restraints for completing RPP 1st edition?

The deadline for professional reviews against RPP 1st edition is Friday 28 July 2017

Is RPP 2nd edition superior to the 1st edition?

Both standards are equal in terms of assessment and achievement. There is no difference in the rigor of the application to gain RPP.

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