How is it assessed?
Your assessment of professional practice will be completed through these three steps:
How do I know if this is for me?
To establish if this is for you, we would recommend looking at the list of skills and competences expected in our Competence Coverage and Assessment Criteria document, this should help you gauge if this reflects your current role and skillset. Case studies on our website may also help.
I work on a portfolio or programme; can I still apply?
Yes, although the term ‘project’ has been used, candidates can also use evidence of programmes and/or portfolios they have led.
The major projects I have led require complete confidentiality; can I still apply?
We treat all submissions in a confidential manner, with submissions only viewed by those involved in the administration, assessment or quality assurance of our specialist certificate. You should discuss this with your organisation prior to commencing your application.
What happens if my written submission fails before the interview stage?
If you fail the written submission, you can re-submit for £200 + VAT.
What happens if I do not pass the assessment following the interview?
You will be required to reapply at the original cost.
Can I take this qualification without experience in leading major projects?
The target audience is people who are working on significant projects and has been designed for those with that skillset developed over some time. We would recommend achieving this position before applying as experience of this is required for the assessment.
How much time should I commit to the application preparation?
This is variable from person to person depending on a wide array of factors, we would encourage you to work through the application at your own pace.
What is the definition of significant?
It reflects the level of societal, economic and impact it has on a macro scale. We expect the competences will support individuals to understand if this is for them and what we mean by significant.
Is this specialist certificate above or below Chartered?
The Major Project Leadership Specialist Certificate isn’t on our career path as it focuses on competences of a specialism which are not relevant to all project professionals. As such it is not positioned against our chartered standard and should not be seen as above or below the chartered standard.
What other specialist certificates are we looking at?
We may consider further development of specialist certificates in the future.
Do you have a list of Accredited Providers?
No, APM do not accredit any providers to deliver this certificate.