Frequently asked questions

RPP 2nd edition

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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RPP 1st edition FAQs

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?

The details of the Chartered Project Professional standard will be subject to a public consultation during Summer 2017. It is expected those who hold RPP will have met the required competence standard for any future Chartered standard.

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.

What happens if I have already started the processes against RPP 1st edition?

If you have already started the processes against the RPP 1st edition you must complete the portfolio submission before 31st March 2017 and complete the interview before 28th July 2017. For more information, please refer 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 APM.

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 professional review, 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 apmrpp@apm.org.uk

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