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Thinking about your career development? This quick and simple online tool gives you the next steps you should be thinking about, simply answer the questions below.

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Experience

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How many years have you been in project management?

  1. 0-2
  2. 3-4
  3. 5-6
  4. 7+

Qualifications

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Are you currently studying, hold an APM qualification/designation or have an accredited project management degree?

  1. Y
  2. N

Do you hold an APM accredited project management degree? (Not sure? Find out here)

  1. Y
  2. N

Do you hold an APM qualification? (please choose the highest you hold)

  1. NO
  2. PFQ
  3. PMQ
  4. PPQ
  5. PQ

Do you hold an APM designation? (please choose the highest you hold)

  1. NO
  2. RPP
  3. ChPP

Do you hold any of the selected project management qualifications?*

  1. NO
  2. P2F
  3. P2P
  4. PMP
*If you hold any other qualification that is not here, please call us on 01844 271680 where we can help.

Are you currently undertaking full or part time study?

  1. Y
  2. N

Membership

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Are you a member of APM?

  1. NO
  2. STUDENT
  3. ASSOCIATE
  4. FULL
  5. FELLOW

Next steps

Membership

Student member

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Membership

Associate member

Join APM as an Associate member and gain access to the tools and resources to reach your next level.

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Membership

Associate member

Once you have completed your studies your next step is Associate membership.

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Membership

Associate member

Now you are no longer studying, Associate membership is the next step for you.

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Membership

Full member

As you hold PPQ you are eligible to become a Full member of APM.

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Membership

Full member

As you hold PQ you are eligible to become a Full member of APM.

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Membership

Full member

Once you have completed your studies your next step is Full membership.

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Full member

Now you are no longer studying, Full membership is the next step for you.

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Membership

Full member

Once you have five years project management experience your next step is Full membership.

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Membership

Fellowship

Once you have ten years project management experience your next step is Fellowship.

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Qualifications

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ)

PFQ will give you the broad understanding of the principles of the profession.

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Qualifications

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

PMQ is a knowledge based qualification that will allow you to demonstrate understanding of all elements of project management.

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Qualifications

APM Project Management Qualification for PRINCE2© PRACTIONERS (PMQ4P2P)

This shortened course and exam has been created to reflect the learning you have already undertaken.

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Qualifications

APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)

PPQ is a developmental examination-based qualification that assesses your capability in delivering projects, programmes and portfolios.

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Designation

Chartered Project Professional

As a holder of PPQ you are eligible to apply for chartered through a shortened route.

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Designation

Chartered Project Professional

As a holder of PQ you are eligible to apply for chartered through a shortened route.

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Designation

Chartered Project Professional

As an RPP you are eligible to apply for chartered through a shortened route.

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Designation

Chartered Project Professional

Have you considered becoming a Chartered Project Professional?

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Membership

Full member

Join APM as a Full member and gain access to tools and resources and get the professional recognition you deserve.

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Membership

Full member

As you have at least five years project management experience you can upgrade to Full membership today and get the professional recognition you deserve.

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Membership

Fellowship

Once you have ten years project management experience your next step is Fellowship.

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Membership

Fellowship

Once you have ten years project management experience your next step is Fellowship.

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Giving Back

Giving back to the profession

Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer for APM and share your experiences with the future of the profession?

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MA Project Management Student at Westminster University

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Project Management Assistant at Network Rail

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Mechanical Officer at National Grid

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Senior Project Manager at Student Services

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Project Manager at Uniserve

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Project Controls Manager at WSP

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Ednah Nzombe

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My confidence in APM grew when I discovered Specific Interest Groups (SIGs), specifically Systems Thinking. My interactions with some of the members have influenced my decision to write about systems thinking in my dissertation.

MA Project Management Student at Westminster University
Membership: Student

I am proud that I have managed to pass all my assessments and exams, great news for any student. The course has looked at various modules including Project Finance, Procurement, Risk Management, Strategy, Project IT and the fundamentals and methodologies of Project Management. I hope to work in the Construction Industry, for a large and international organisation.

APM was introduced to me at the University of Westminster. At first, all students were joining and I knew of some of the benefits. My confidence in APM grew when I discovered Specific Interest Groups (SIGs), specifically Systems Thinking. My interactions with some of the members have influenced my decision to write about systems thinking in my dissertation.

I enjoyed attending the APM conference and I will be attending further events in the future - the networking and information attained was beneficial. It was great that I was able to attend thanks to the Student member discount I received. I will apply for a more senior membership grade upon completion of my degree. I look forward to contributing practically to projects in the near future.

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Kerry Ekins

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I joined APM to develop my affiliation with project management and be part of an external professional support network, aiding the advancement of my career.

Project Management Assistant at Network Rail
Membership: Associate

I am still early on in my career journey, progressing from intern, appointed in the summer of my second year of university, to having a part time role alongside the final year of my degree. I was so interested in the sector that my dissertation ended up being on the ethical implications of delay attribution in the railway industry. Just a week after handing in that dissertation I was offered a full time position in project management with Network Rail and haven’t looked back since. Since starting full time last year I have developed my experience twofold and aspire to progress into further roles of responsibility, to project manager and beyond.

The biggest challenge so far has been adjusting to the vast amount of variety within the project world and adapting my organisation skills to take on eclectic tasks on a day to day basis. To overcome this I have used APM resources to strengthen and develop my time management skills. I also use the matrix outlines and templates detailed on my APM fundamentals course to form the foundations of my day-to-day activity planning.

I joined APM to develop my affiliation with project management and be part of an external professional support network, aiding the advancement of my career. It was advised by a wise colleague to join and to utilise what they have to offer in terms of publication, courses, networking events and advice columns.

As someone who was brand new to project management, APM really strengthened my skills, particularly at the start. I have attended various events they hold, one of my favourites being a talk on project management and the law in Sheffield, which assisted with my projects contract management issues. APM has helped give me a boost in the early stages of my career.

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Arun Ratish Haridass

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APM has changed the way I deal with projects on a more structured and professional manner, due to my current Associate membership with APM I feel valued and have been recognised by my industry for delivering successful projects.

Mechanical Officer at National Grid
Qualification: PMQ
Membership: Associate

I obtained my chartered mechanical engineer status with the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and delivered a number of successful high profile projects before moving to National Grid.

My current position is that of mechanical officer (Terminals and Compressors) within National Grid where I have worked for nearly two years looking after mainly rotating machinery across the UK (24 compressor stations and 2 terminals). I have been involved with, and am continuing to carry out, major refurbishment overhauls of equipment and currently providing subject matter expertise in the field of mechanical engineering. I am currently undertaking numerous projects across the UK, small and big, to overhaul and revive assets across the fleet within National Grid Gas Transmissions.

I work on projects which are 100% asset based. These projects range from carrying out extensive overhauls to minor repair modification of Gas Turbine Compressor Units and ancillaries. The role I play in is mainly project manager/engineer in charge of delivering these projects. However I still carry out the various roles within the project management framework supporting various other projects.

The proudest moment is when I undertook and completed an overhaul of a compressor unit following a major breakdown by executing the work in a more structured way safely, within budget and time. Also supported the team and motivated them to support me in achieving the result.

As my job involves leading and managing a number of projects, I felt I needed to add more structure and become professionally recognised through an organisation which will provide the necessary support to help me to deliver my projects successfully. APM has changed the way I deal with projects on a more structured and professional manner, due to my current Associate membership with APM I feel valued and have been recognised by my industry for delivering successful projects.

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Reetu Kansal

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APM membership helps me to reliably demonstrate my commitment to the profession, my job role and my career.

Senior Project Manager at Student Services
Qualification: PMQ
Membership: Full

My proudest moment in my career has been achieving my current position as a project manager. Being entrusted with responsibility for core and critical functional areas within the University has been humbling. Every single day I know that my work is impacting on students who are studying for and sitting examinations for a University of London award.

Having a trusted network of people goes a long way. I have found that membership of a reputable professional body such as APM is extremely valuable. I joined APM to be associated with a sound professional body with a Project Management focus. APM is the only chartered body and the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. I was enthusiastic to be part of such a large community of like-minded professionals.

Through APM membership, I have developed a network of project professionals at various levels. This offers me a community of reliable professionals who are happy and able to advise me if I encounter a challenge. Overall, APM membership helps me to reliably demonstrate my commitment to the profession, my job role and my career.

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Jonathan King

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APM, as I expected, delivered in swathes by providing a wealth of knowledge within their BoK which is evidently underpinned by collective centuries of project management experience.

Project Manager at Uniserve
Qualification: PFQ, PMQ, PQ.
Membership: Full

Having set out for a career in surveying I found myself delivering multi-million pound schemes managing a team of consultants, contractors with several different end users and a multitude of stakeholders. While working as a client representative and contract administrator for construction projects delivering new education assets in Cambridgeshire I took it upon myself to work toward and subsequently obtain several APM qualifications in order to hone my project management skills. Obtaining APM’s qualifications helped me to successfully lead the project team to deliver these projects successfully.

The qualifications and experience I obtained then attracted the UK’s largest independently owned logistics company, Uniserve, to bring me across into a client side project manager role to help deliver exciting and innovative projects which are to be delivered in the coming years.

As I rather found myself delivering projects, rather than opting for a project management career from the outset, I chose to obtain membership of APM through the taught route. I opted for the qualifications, firstly with Project Fundamentals (PFQ), then the Project Management Qualification and finally the APM Practitioner Qualification (PQ).

My thought process behind taking a taught route, rather than applying based on previous experience, was to fully understand the way in which other project professionals manage projects in a bid for continual self-improvement, being an underlying theme not only for myself, but also for my project delivery. APM, as I expected, delivered in swathes by providing a wealth of knowledge within their BoK which is evidently underpinned by collective centuries of project management experience.

By becoming a member of APM, and taking the full set of APM qualifications, I have rounded and focussed my previous uncouth style. It has enabled me to drive successful projects in order to realise benefits with the least stakeholder resistance; getting the most out of the project team and whilst maintaining programmes and budgets. This more methodical and logical approach to project management has equipped me with the confidence to leave a very process-driven PM role within a large construction and engineering consultancy, to join a small property/project department as part of a completely new industry, with very limited process control.

Not only did this lead to a better overall package, it has led to a greater sense of personal achievement and job satisfaction, not to mention an appreciation of an interesting new sector that I am now immersed within. My MAPM status, teamed with my APM qualifications certainly made this move possible and I believe that it definitely enables career mobility amongst a wealth of other benefits.

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Ahmed Adnan-Nasr

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The information I get through APM’s robust Body of Knowledge is priceless. It became the benchmark of standards and the language of project management with which I talk to my clients and colleagues.

Project Controls Manager at WSP
Qualification: PMQ
Membership: Fellow

Project management attracted me so much, I changed my career path; from architect graduate, through construction management, into the project management profession. Every new project is a new challenge. My current position is a result of deep experience of project management which allowed me to overview projects from a different angle and dive further into project management knowledge to establish the success factors of the project, giving the project a greater chance of success.

Since I learnt about APM I felt it is a must for my development to engage in a professional reputable network to keep in the loop of knowledge and exchange great experience of work with excellent professionals. Being a Fellow member meant a lot for me as a stamp of accreditation to my experience and allows me to have the channel to pass my experience and knowledge back to other professionals and new generations.

I believe such an organisation as APM shapes the way we do project management. I want to add my input as much as I can as well as benefiting from the knowledge of the others.

APM keeps me in the core of project management knowledge. The information I get through APM robust Body of Knowledge is priceless. It became the benchmark of standards and the language of project management with which I talk to my clients and colleagues.

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