Frequently asked questions

The Registered Project Professional (RPP) 2nd edition standard is APM, the Chartered body for the project profession's, pan-sector standard that allows holders to demonstrate responsible leadership and the competencies necessary for effective project, programme or portfolio management. RPP robustly assesses all elements of the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism in a single standard and raises the bar of project professionalism, thereby enhancing professional status and recognition. APM has launched the refreshed RPP standard so that it aligns to the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition and recognises the diverse paths individuals take into the profession, offering a new developmental route into RPP.

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What is RPP?

APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a pan-sector standard that demonstrates responsible leadership and the competences necessary for effective project, programme or portfolio management. To find out more, click here.

Who is RPP aimed at?

The RPP standard seeks to recognise competent project professionals who have at least seven years’ experience or achieved the APM PPQ or PQ qualifications.

Is this a once off process? Are there any future commitments?

RPP is a professional standard which holders are required to maintain on an ongoing basis. As such you must submit evidence of 35 hours of CPD annually. This may be audited by APM.

RPPs must also abide by APM’s code of conduct.

What will I be assessed against?

You will be assessed against five sets of questions based on the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition. Full details here.  

Do I need to be a member?

You do not need to be a member to apply for RPP. If applicants are not already a member of APM, successfully completing their assessment will award them Full Membership (MAPM) in addition to their RPP status.

What is the relationship of RPP to Charter?

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 has changed between RPP 1st edition and RPP 2nd edition?

RPP has been refreshed to align with the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition.

There is a new route for those holding APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) or APM Practitioner Qualification (PQ).

How much does it cost?

Details of all prices and routes can be found here.

Do I have to pay a registration fee?

Successful applicants will pay a registration fee to appear on the RPP register. Full details are available here

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 Professionalism. APM Membership confirms your commitment to the APM Code of Professional Conduct.

When do RPP fees become payable?

The RPP application fee is payable at the two stages of the assessment process. Please refer here for full details of pricing.  Should any part of the process need to be repeated, the appropriate fee must be paid at that time.

Do I need to attend a face-to-face interview?

If you wish, your interview may be conducted over video link. Please refer to the applicant guidance notes here.

Where can I learn more about RPP?

There are regular events run by APM’s branches and RPP mentors available should you need help with your application.

Who will be assessing me?

The assessment panel will be made up of current RPPs and industry peers.

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 RPP.

Are there any time limits regarding the process or reapplying?

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

Who is an appropriate referee for my application?

Please refer to the applicant guidance notes here.

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

If you need to cancel more than twenty eight (28) days before your scheduled interview, there is no charge.  If you need to cancel within twenty eight (28) days no refunds are available.

What is the appeals process?

Unsuccessful applicants can appeal on the basis of the assessment process only after their interview. 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

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