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APM pilot a new route to APMP with prior learning for PRINCE2 Registered Practitioners

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The Association for Project Management has confirmed its intention to extend the number of routes available to achieving its APMP qualification.

The new route, which aims to recognise prior learning for current PRINCE2 Registered Practitioners, has been piloted throughout the spring, with the full launch planned for September 2010.

Liz Wilson, APM Head of Professional Standards and Knowledge said An important part of the philosophy behind the APM Five Dimensions of Professionalism is that its values are non-partisan. Any activity that improves an individuals professionalism can make a valuable contribution to their project performance.

To date, the only route to APMP required people to go through the process of learning the entire syllabus before being examined on it. There has been no mechanism by which weve been able to recognise prior learning. This means that candidates sometimes have to cover ground that will have already been recognised in other qualifications they have taken.

It is important to stress that this isnt a new qualification; those achieving APMP through this route will have the same status as those who achieved it through the existing route. It is the same qualification, with a new examination for those with prior learning."

Recognising prior learning through PRINCE2 is a logical starting place, but the pilot opens the door to developing other routes into APMP and ultimately the professional standard that were also preparing to pilot.

There has been a growing recognition of the symbiotic relationship between APMP, which is based on the APM Body of Knowledge and puts greater emphasis on project management skills, and PRINCE2 Practitioner, which focuses solely on the PRINCE2 methodology. This has been illustrated by the recent OGC White Paper on APMP for PRINCE2 Practitioners and TSO book by Graham Williams.

The pilot has been running throughout the spring, and final arrangements are being made to release the appropriatedetermine the impact on the APMP  syllabus structure and examination format.

This is an exciting development that opens a fantastic opportunity for professionals to have their skills recognised more broadly said Liz.

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  1. Jason McEwen
    Jason McEwen 29 June 2010, 09:48 PM

    Hi,Interesting development. I am a PRINCE2 practitioner, MSP practitioner, member of the PMI and looking at the PMP & PgMP and also a member of the AMP.I would be really interested in a certificate that recognized my past qualifications...How do I sign up?  Jason

  2. Paul Naybour
    Paul Naybour 07 June 2010, 11:02 PM

    HiTo measure interest in this new qualification we have set up a poll athttp://www.apmpforprince2.comVote now.

  3. Simon Knowles
    Simon Knowles 04 June 2010, 11:55 AM

    Hi LizThis is good news for us guys following the OGC Best Practice curriculum without a directly aligned home. Do you have any plans for a similar alignment with Managing Successful Programmes?CheersSimon

  4. Paul Naybour
    Paul Naybour 01 June 2010, 10:42 AM

    Liz, thanks for the announcement its really good to know what you are planning. I am sure the APMP will be a highly valuable contribution and complementary to the methodical approach in PRINCE2. Lets hope this is the first step in a more unified way of joining the two approaches into a complete whole. I think there is real scope for a common approach. See more on my guest blog on the camel. Paul NaybourParallel Project Training