APM Registered Project Professional (RPP)

APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) 2nd edition was launched in February 2017 and is a pan-sector standard that demonstrates responsible leadership and the competencies necessary for effective project, programme or portfolio management - including the ability to manage a complex project and ability to use appropriate tools, processes and techniques.

RPP robustly assesses all elements of the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism in a single standard and raises the bar of project professionalism, thereby enhancing professional status and recognition. APM has launched the refreshed RPP standard so that it aligns to the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition and recognises the diverse paths individuals take into the profession, offering a new developmental route into RPP.

Jo Durrans
Senior project manager
Costain

“RPP is an excellent benchmark that I think is worthwhile for any aspiring or experienced project professional”

Mike Wallace
Managing consultant
PA Consulting

“My clients benefit from the confidence in the capabilities I have as recognised by RPP”

Stacey Dawson 
Senior programme manager
General Dynamics

“I’d recommend becoming an RPP, especially early on in your career. There is an increasing demand for RPPs within the industry”

Who should apply?

APM Registered Project Professional recognises the diverse paths individuals take into the profession.

RPP is for anyone who has either:

This offers applicants the opportunity to achieve RPP based on prior experience or via a structured training and development route recognised through APM’s professional qualifications. RPP is available to anyone, from any professional background or industry sector, with experience of managing others in a project environment.

Full members of APM (MAPM) will have satisfied the seven years' experience criteria if they have been a member for two years or more. This is because you would have been required to have five years' experience to apply for Full membership.

Find out more about the application process

RPP - The professional's perspective

Why become a RPP?

There is a growing recognition of the value that competent and capable project professionals can offer to all areas of society. APM Registered Project Professional sets project professionals apart through a robust assessment of the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism, delivering benefits to individuals and organisations.

  • For the individual it is a demonstration of their competence, ethical behaviour and commitment to continuing development that makes them stand out from the crowd.
  • For employers, developing and recruiting APM Registered Project Professionals is a visible investment in their desire to deliver competitive advantage through improved project delivery.

Successful candidates will be entered onto the APM Register of Project Professionals. The register demonstrates to users of project management services and the wider public those professionals who have met the standard for RPP.

Individual benefits:

  • Professional status allowing you to stand out from the crowd.
  • Public recognition on the APM Register of Project Professionals.
  • Use of the post-nominal RPP setting you apart in the profession.
  • Instant recognition from employers and clients as a professional with a high level of competence.
  • The opportunity to reflect on your career and achievements through a robust assessment process.

Employer benefits:

  • Greater likelihood of project success.
  • Competitive advantage.
  • Enhanced delivery to clients.
  • External recognition of an organisation’s project, programme and portfolio management capability.
  • Visible investment in staff.
  • Raising the profile of the project, programme and portfolio management community within the organisation.

Ready to become a RPP?

Start your journey to becoming an APM Registered Project Professional and find out more about the application process:

Application process

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