Accreditation overview

APM Accreditation is a widely recognised mark of quality for organisations, training providers and academic institutions. It offers assurance for those wanting to access the best project management professional development services available.

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Training provider accreditation

APM Accredited Providers can deliver many of our professional qualifications exclusively through their public courses and to corporate organisations. The drive to project management professionalism sees a growing need for individuals and organisations not just to achieve a professional qualification, but to develop themselves across the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism, our Accredited Providers offer customers qualifications that are integrated into a holistic approach to capability development.

Benefits offered to APM Accredited Providers:

  • high quality service offering easy exam booking with flexibility for late bookings, a  dedicated account manager and exclusive forums, newsletters and pre-release material to ensure you are up to date of latest APM developments;
  • a wide range of internationally recognised qualifications and supporting products such as the APM Competence Framework and APM Body of Knowledge;
  • a thorough and straight forward assessment process of your organisation, course materials and the delivery in any format from classroom-based learning to the web;
  • value for money, four year accreditation scheme with discounts for multiple accreditations;
  • recognition for having achieved the status of Accredited Provider with APM: certificate and logo;
  • opportunity to join the APM community to enhance your organisation’s profile through Project magazine, events and sponsorships;
  • shape the profession by joining working groups and work with our business development managers to help major corporate customers optimise their professional capability.

How to gain accreditation:

Stage 1 – Initial discussion 

Once you register your interest in accreditation a business development manager will discuss your needs and your readiness to apply.

Stage 2 – Completing your application
You should answer the questions in the application form as fully as possible and provide any relevant course materials.

Stage 3 – The assessment
Our assessor will conduct a desk assessment of your application and a site visit will normally be arranged.

Stage 4 – Assessment decision
Our assessor will complete a report, making recommendation to APM. We will inform you promptly of the outcome. You will receive a copy of the report and advice on areas that require development in order to meet the standards of accreditation, if necessary.

Stage 5 - Re-assessment
If your application is unsuccessful it will be reviewed by our lead assessor. If they agree with the decision you will be provided with the assessors’ report plus advice on areas requiring development. You may re-submit at any time. This will be treated as a new submission.

Stage 6 – Annual renewal
On the anniversary of your accreditation you will be sent a renewal note and invoice and be asked to confirm that the standards recognised through your initial assessment have been maintained. On the fourth anniversary of your assessment you will be invited to go through a full re-assessment.

Next steps

For further information, contact the accreditation team, or call 01844 271690.

Academic accreditation

Academic Accreditation by the Chartered body for the project profession assesses programmes or modules to help students and professionals choose the best education in support of their project management careers. Academic Accreditation identifies courses and modules which are aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition. Working with other accreditation streams we can offer clear, visible and joined-up career progression opportunities.

Benefits of Academic Accreditation:

  • A certificate, valid for three years.
  • An APM Accreditation logo to use on all relevant promotional material.
  • A listing and link on the APM website.
  • Access to APM events at the applicable member rate for APM Student Members.
  • A case study based on your application.
  • A copy of the assessor’s report to use for further development of your programme.

How to gain accreditation

Stage 1 – Initial discussion
Once you register your interest in accreditation a business development manager will discuss your needs and your readiness to apply.

Stage 2 – Completing your application
You should answer the questions in the application form as fully as possible and provide any relevant course materials.

Stage 3 – The assessment
Your application will be sent to an assessor who will assess its alignment to the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition and your support for the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. A site visit may be arranged to clarify any outstanding issues.

Stage 4 – Assessment decision
Our assessor will complete a report, making recommendation to APM. We will inform you promptly of the outcome. You will receive a copy of the report and advice on areas that require development in order to meet the standards of accreditation, if necessary.

Stage 5 - Re-assessment
If your application is unsuccessful it will be reviewed by our lead assessor. If they agree with the decision you will be provided with the assessors’ report plus advice on areas requiring development. You may re-submit at any time. This will be treated as a new submission.

Stage 6 – Annual renewal
On the anniversary of your accreditation you will be sent a renewal note and invoice and be asked to confirm that the standards recognised through your initial assessment have been maintained. On the third anniversary of your assessment you will be invited to go through a full re-assessment.

Next steps

For further information, contact the accreditation team, or call 01844 271690.

Case studies of a number of accredited courses and modules from organisations such as Kesgrave High School Academy, Blackpool & the Fylde College, London South Bank University can be found here.

Accredited Academic organisations

Accredited academic case studies

Corporate Accreditation

Corporate Accreditation by the Chartered body for the project profession assesses an organisation’s professional development scheme, providing confidence to all stakeholders of its dedication to developing project professionals.

Case studies of a number of our accredited organisations such as Shell, BAE Systems, DWP and many more can be found here.

Exclusive benefits of Corporate Accreditation include:

A certificate, valid for three years. An APM Accreditation logo to use on all relevant promotional material. A listing and link on the APM website. A copy of the assessor’s report, to use for further development of your programme.

How to gain corporate accreditation

Stage 1 – Contact APM and talk to one of our business development managers about our scheme. They will help you evaluate your readiness to apply.

Stage 2 – To apply, you will need to complete our application form, answering the questions as fully as possible. Here you will explain how your organisation meets the criteria for accreditation.

In particular, our Assessors will look for evidence of your organisation’s commitment to the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. A full set of guidance notes is provided and you will also have the support of your APM business development manager throughout.

Stage 3 – Our assessor will conduct a desk assessment of your application and a site visit will normally be arranged. A report will then be issued to APM with the Assessor’s recommendation and we will inform you promptly of the outcome. You will receive a copy of the report and advice on areas that require development in order to meet the standards of accreditation, if necessary.

Fees and duration

Corporate accreditation lasts for three years with an annual payment for each of the three years.

Next steps

For further information or guidance, please contact the accreditation team, or call 01844 271690.

Accredited corporate organisations

Accredited corporate case studies

Professional Course Accreditation

APM Professional Course Accreditation is designed to help learners choose the best course in support of their professional project management career. Professional Course Accreditation identifies those courses which are aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition, but do not lead to, or cover the syllabus of, formal APM professional qualification.

 APM has formally accredited the Programme Delivery Leadership Academy (PDLA) as a development programme for already experienced programme and project managers to develop their leadership capabilities.

 Developed by Insynergi® on behalf of HMRC, this programme has now been running for almost four years and has been delivered to over 200 of the most senior programme leaders across central government departments including HMRC, Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office, UK Borders Agency, Office of National Statistics, the Foreign Office, Department of Health and the Ministry of Defence.

 Read the full story here.

 The benefits of APM Professional Course accreditation are:

  • increased credibility for course/s by being accredited by APM;
  • recognition that APM accredited professional courses support the APM professional advocacy via the FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism;
  • recognition to end-users of the training providers’ support of APM professional advocacy model;
  • recognition and awareness of training to support improved project delivery capability;
  • a reference point for corporate institutions to inform their choice of training courses.

 For APM Professional Course Accreditation, only those courses that have a significant element of project management which can be mapped to the APM Body of Knowledge, 6th edition will receive accreditation. Courses and course delivery will also be evaluated to identify how they support the APM advocacy via the FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism. APM Professional Course Accreditation is only available to APM Accredited Providers.

 To find out more on how to apply for APM Professional course accreditation please contact the APM membership development team.

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