Heathrow Airport programme director Julian Foster values the best of class APMP qualification from the Association for Project Management so highly that he wants his entire project management workforce to hold it.
The percentage of our staff that I see having APMP by the end of this year should be 100% of our project managers, said Julian.
Speaking to APM Julian said that the internationally recognised qualification is of great importance toHeathrow as it serves as a benchmark for the capability of the organisations project management community.
He added that APMP is important on a number of other levels including the fact that it is best of class, but more importantly is the fact that it is not just about a process, its about the tools and techniques. So we get that flexibility as well.
Liz Wilson, head of Professional Standards and Knowledge at APM said: We are delighted that such an important employer and contributor to the UK economy has recognised the practical and business value of APMs flagship qualification.
APMP is part of the associations suite of qualifications providing support for professionals throughout their career. Accredited at IPMA Level D and SCQF Level 7, APMP allows candidates to demonstrate knowledge of all elements of project management. Candidates will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how these elements interact and how their project fits into their strategic and commercial environment.
APM has developed a route to APMP which recognises prior learning from the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification. Through a shorter training course and exam this specifically designed route offers the most effective way of enhancing the professional status of PRINCE2 Practitioners. This route to achieving an internationally-recognised qualification could help develop a project professionals career as independent research shows that those who hold APMP can earn up to 10,000 more per year*.
* Source: Arras People Salaries and Day Rates Review for PPM Practitioners 2011