NOTICE: Association for Project Management (APM) is closing the RPP standard to new applicants from 31 December 2020.

The standard will remain valid to existing RPP holders, and the register will continue to be active. This means that those who hold RPP and continue to meet the requirements of maintaining the standard will remain on the register and can renew on a yearly basis following the current process.

Those currently in the application process to become an APM Registered Project Professional can submit their application up until 31 December 2020.

APM has made this decision as it focuses its attention to its recent status as the global chartered body for the project profession and introducing the Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard in 2018. This is based on market demands and APM’s strategy to set and maintain a global leading standard for the profession.

If you have any questions please read our FAQs.

APM Registered Project Professional (RPP)

The APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) 2nd edition standard is a pan-sector standard aligned to the APM Competence Framework 2nd edition which recognises the diverse paths individuals take into the profession. It allows holders to demonstrate 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 and raises the bar of project professionalism, thereby enhancing professional status and recognition.

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.
  • A recognised route to becoming a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP).

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.
  • Recognised Assessment through route 2 to qualify as a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP).

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 an RPP?

Start your journey to becoming an APM Registered Project Professional and find out more view our application process

Find out more about the application process


RPP FAQs

Read our FAQs

Do I need to take RPP before I apply to become ChPP?

If you are aiming to achieve ChPP and you already meet the eligibility criteria, Route 3 to ChPP would be the best option. There is no requirement to achieve RPP first.

Why are you closing the RPP register?

APM has made this decision as it focuses its attention to its recent status as the global chartered body for the project profession and introducing the Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard in 2018. This is based on market demands and APM’s strategy to set and maintain a global leading standard for the profession.

Are you going to keep the RPP register open?

The register is closing to new applicants; however, we will be keeping the register open for those who hold RPP. We will review this periodically against market demand.

Is the closing date of 31st December 2020 the cut-off date for applying or for awarding RPP?

The 31 December 2020 is the cut-off date for applications to be received

Do I still have to pay for my RPP?

The payment of an annual fee will be required whilst the register remains open to new applications, this will be reviewed on an annual basis following December 2020

Can I still use my post nominals?

Yes, you can still use your post nominals, if you maintain your RPP by completing your CPD and paying the annual fee. The payment of an annual fee will be required whilst the register remains open to new applications, this will be reviewed on an annual basis following December 2020

Will I retain my membership if I lapse my RPP?

Yes, you will retain your membership as long as you complete the annual renewals process for your membership grade.

What is the benefit of keeping RPP and ChPP?

RPP and ChPP both demonstrate competence in project management. If you maintain your RPP you are able to continue using your RPP post nominals

I’ve got my RPP how do I get ChPP?

If you already hold the RPP standard you may be eligible for the Route 2 option for applying for the chartered standard. This process for APM Registered Project Professionals is very straightforward.  As an RPP you are deemed to have already demonstrated your technical knowledge and professional practice, so the chartered process simply asks for evidence of CPD and commitment to ethical and professional behaviour, plus validation of the application through a 30-minute phone interview.

If I maintain RPP and ChPP do I have to do CPD for both?

The CPD requirements for RPP and ChPP are the same, so maintaining one CPD record will suffice.

Why should I apply for ChPP if I already have RPP?

Whilst RPP and ChPP both demonstrate competence in project management, the Chartered standard is a next step in terms of professional development. Chartered is also more widely recognised as a standard across professions.

 

 

 

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