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The Association for Project Management (APM) has received its Royal Charter following notification from the Privy Council Office in October that Her Majesty The Queen had approved its application. The Charter represents a significant milestone in the development of the profession and completes the final phase before the association transitions to a full Chartered body in April 2017.

The receipt of a Royal Charter marks a significant achievement in the evolution of project management and those who make, and seek to make, a career in this field. The Charter provides recognition for the profession, reward for the association that has championed its cause and opportunity for those who practice its disciplines. APM President David Waboso, Chairman John McGlynn and CEO Sara Drake were on hand to receive the Sealed Charter in December. The Chartered award is great recognition for a relatively new profession which now makes such a significant contribution to social and economic wellbeing.

APM President, David Waboso congratulated all those who have supported this aspiration for over a decade: “This is a significant moment in the history of the project management profession as a whole and of APM in particular.” said David “We are privileged to share this success with those who laid the foundations for the association and the discipline we now know as project management. To reach this point in a single generation is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the tenacity, resourcefulness and professionalism of all concerned.”

The Charter was printed on vellum following a 700 year-old tradition. On the agreement of the Privy Council, Her Majesty signed a warrant authorising the Crown Office to apply the Great Seal of the Realm. That sealing confirmed the creation of a new Chartered body dedicated to project management. “We know that project management is the most effective means of delivering successful change and we know that change, when delivered well, improves our economy and society.” said APM Chairman John McGlynn “Our skills are needed more than ever and the Royal Charter provides the profession with a platform to raise awareness of our skills, improve standards and develop our practice for the benefit of all.”

Continuing a process which started at the November Annual General Meeting, APM now takes forward the steps to enable the transfer the assets and members from the current charity to the new body. The new APM will remain a charity, keep its current name and become operational on 1st April 2017. APM is also preparing for the next important phase of creating a register of Chartered Project Professionals. The criteria for this will be the subject of consultation during the course of 2017.

“The development of the register of Chartered Project Professionals is a central pillar in our drive to raise standards of project, programme and portfolio delivery,” said APM CEO Sara Drake. “Our intention is to provide a register which offers (to clients, employers and the public) confidence of quality across the rich diversity of skills involved in project management in the quantity needed by the profession and by society across all walks of life.”

Read more on the process behind APM's chartered story


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  1. Pernel Roberts
    Pernel Roberts 06 January 2017, 05:05 PM

    Hearty congratulations! Looking forward to the criteria to become CPP. Blessings!

  2. Julie Clarke
    Julie Clarke 06 January 2017, 05:41 PM

    Excellent news, Congratulations!

  3. Russell Geake
    Russell Geake 06 January 2017, 06:05 PM

    Congratulations to the team on their hard work to achieve this status on behalf of all members. What a great start to 2017. Thank you.

  4. Jason McEwen
    Jason McEwen 06 January 2017, 06:27 PM

    Great News! Congratulations

  5. Matthew Game
    Matthew Game 06 January 2017, 06:45 PM

    Excellent news; well done to all involved! Long time coming - onwards and upwards!

  6. John Martin
    John Martin 06 January 2017, 08:31 PM

    Excellent news and well done to all concerned. Look forward to seeing the criteria for CPP!

  7. Richard Renshaw
    Richard Renshaw 07 January 2017, 10:41 AM

    Super, very happy. Great to start the new year with this sound result, well done to all the team members involved.

  8. Ray Moore
    Ray Moore 07 January 2017, 01:46 PM

    Excellent news! My warmest congratulations to the APM team who have worked hard over the years to achieve Chartered status for the Project Management profession.

  9. Peter Baber
    Peter Baber 07 January 2017, 05:04 PM

    Great news? The strategy, patience and hard work from all involved at APM has been rewarded. Well done and congratulations!

  10. Seeni Mubarak
    Seeni Mubarak 08 January 2017, 03:20 AM

    It is great achievement and good news for the year 2017. Well done and much appreciated.

  11. Deleted Deleted
    Deleted Deleted 09 January 2017, 07:31 AM

    Fantastic news. Well done all at APM brilliant

  12. Gordon MacKellar
    Gordon MacKellar 09 January 2017, 08:49 AM

    Congratulations to all those who have contributed to this achievement.

  13. Stan Symons
    Stan Symons 09 January 2017, 11:52 AM

    The transformation journey has drawn on the skills and expertise of many hundreds of people to achieve this Royal Chartered status. Congratulations to all at the APM HQ - break open the bubbly!

  14. Ravi Joshi
    Ravi Joshi 09 January 2017, 03:18 PM

    Great news! Well done.... strong winds for next steps!

  15. Jonathan Norman
    Jonathan Norman 09 January 2017, 03:18 PM

    Tremendous. I couldn't hope for better news to kick off 2017. Congratulations to all involved.

  16. Alan Pattison
    Alan Pattison 09 January 2017, 04:57 PM

    A great achievement for the APM and PM community.

  17. Charles Esdale
    Charles Esdale 10 January 2017, 01:18 PM

    Well done to all who drove this through with such success.

  18. Mark Rutherford
    Mark Rutherford 10 January 2017, 02:42 PM

    Great! - well done, perseverance and focus brings its rewards. Looking forward to finding out how to get from RPP to CPP!.

  19. Patrick Feltham
    Patrick Feltham 11 January 2017, 03:41 PM

    Exciting times for the APM and its members!

  20. Margaret Greenwood
    Margaret Greenwood 12 January 2017, 11:52 AM

    Brilliant news, marvellous to hear. Well done to all those (past and present) who helped this on its journey.

  21. James Watson
    James Watson 13 January 2017, 11:39 AM

    Congratulations to the APM and all members on achieving chartered status. I am however very disappointed that members such as my self who have masters degrees in project management are to be denied chartered status. APM need to address this as may put some member of staying as members of APM

  22. Donna Unitt
    Donna Unitt 13 January 2017, 12:32 PM

    This is fantastic news for the APM and Project Managers in general, its been a long time coming

  23. Vicki Griffiths
    Vicki Griffiths 24 January 2017, 09:08 AM

    Fantastic news - looking forward to seeing the criteria for becoming Chartered

  24. David Whelbourn
    David Whelbourn 31 January 2017, 12:24 PM

    Well done for moving the career of Project Management forward in a tangible and exciting way.

  25. Ian Scott Murray
    Ian Scott Murray 01 February 2017, 08:54 AM

    When RPP was launched the board made a commitment to automatically convert anyone who had achieved RPP to Chartered Status once the Privy Council had awarded APM with Chartered Status. Will this be honoured?

  26. Ala Almadi
    Ala Almadi 23 February 2017, 06:10 AM

    When will the chartership award be out to full members

  27. Graham Balchin
    Graham Balchin 28 February 2017, 04:11 PM

    We now need to determine the requirements for becoming a "Chartered" Project professional please.

  28. David Barrie
    David Barrie 03 March 2017, 09:17 AM

    Very good news indeed. I would imagine obtaining chartered status would lie somewhere between APMP level and RPP, that would be in line with other professional bodies. The standards for RPP should continue to demand a very range of experience in complex projects. Chartered status could perhaps be achieved with suitable qualifications (including APMP) plus say 5-10 years appropriate experience. should become an interesting discussion ...

  29. Ala Almadi
    Ala Almadi 14 March 2017, 08:00 AM

    I think the criteria for granting chartered status should be same as the ones applied in the Institute of Civil Engineers whereby candidates should submit a carrier review report and a competencies report. Thus, all full members of APM should be granted the chartered status as all of them have complied with the proposed criteria.