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As of 1 April 2017 the Association for Project Management (APM) officially became a Chartered body. APM's objective as a Chartered body is to advance the science, theory and practice of project and programme management for public benefit

John McGlynn, APM chair, said “Chartered status takes APM to the next stage in its journey of growth. It has been achieved thanks to the hard work and commitment of those dedicated to achieving APM’s goals of upholding and raising professional standards in project management.” 

A central pillar in raising the standard of project, programme and portfolio delivery will be the launch of a new Register of Chartered project professionals in spring 2018. The register will offer clients, employers and the public confidence in the quality of project professionals, across the rich diversity of skills involved in project management.

Becoming a Chartered body is a significant milestone for APM and the profession. To ensure we establish our new status, APM will start using a new strapline from 1 April 2017: the Chartered body for the project profession.

To give members and the profession a greater insight into what becoming Chartered means, David Thomson, APM interim head of external affairs, will produce a range of briefing papers to explore the new possibilities and challenges now available to the profession. The papers will address specific aspects related to being Chartered. In addition to the introductory paper, 21st century professionalism: the importance of being Charteredthe series will include: the role of volunteering, ethics and behaviours, nurturing talent, developing the next generation of project managers and the importance of continuing professional development. 

We want these papers to act as a springboard for debate as we evolve as the chartered body for the project management profession.

APM would like to thank all volunteers, members and associates who have support the association to achieve this momentous achievement.

To celebrate our new status, the APM Project Management Conference will hold the first national event to mark this significant milestone.

As well as a broad range of inspiring and ground-breaking speakers, the conference will offer a chance to talk to APM about its future plans and offer the opportunity to network with the leaders of the profession at a celebratory drinks reception immediately after the conference. 

Why not join us for this historic event to participate in shaping the future of your profession and your professional body?





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  1. Paul Giammalvo
    Paul Giammalvo 03 April 2017, 02:12 PM

    Folks you can package it anyway you want but there is no way you can build a profession around a PROCESS or groups of processes, especially when those processes are APPLICATION or CONTEXT SPECIFIC. This is nothing more than a way for APM/APMG, like PMI, to try to artificially create a restraint on trade. No better than the trade unions. This is little more than a SCAM and I am hopeful that the consuming public will see it for what it is. BR, Dr. PDG, Jakarta, Indonesia

  2. Adrian Dooley
    Adrian Dooley 04 April 2017, 12:09 PM

    Paul. You and I have crossed swords on this matter before and while there is no point in raking over old arguments, I must point out the inaccuracies in your post. Firstly, your reference to APM/APMG: APM is the Chartered Professional body in the UK for project management. APM Group Ltd (APMG) is a commercial organisation that provides certifications services in PM, IT, International Development and the Aircraft Industry to name but four. They were originally connected but separated nearly 20 years ago. APMG is entirely unaffected by, and uninvolved in, the Royal Charter. Secondly: The idea that the APM is trying to build a profession around process is fallacious and misleading. It's true that the PMI and Axelos publish guides that are very process focused but a PM management process is very conspicuous by its absence in the APM Body of Knowledge and therefore from the APM's approach to PPM. Thirdly, to suggest that the APM is attempting a restraint on trade is borderline libellous and would clearly be in breach of the terms of the Royal Charter which states "The Object of the Association is to advance the science, theory and practice of project and programme management for the public benefit." The key words here are "for the public benefit". The Royal Charter will inevitably improve the standing and standards of PM in the UK. I know very well that you will disagree with this but if you want to make a reasoned argument to the contrary, you really need to get your facts straight first.