What is APM Registered Project Professional (RPP)?

APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a pan-sector standard for those able to demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader, who have the ability to manage a complex project and use appropriate tools, processes and techniques.

It assesses all elements of the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism in a single standard, thereby enhancing professional status and recognition. It raises the bar of project professionalism to a whole new level.

If you are not already a member of APM, successfully completing your portfolio assessment will earn you Full membership (MAPM).

More information can be found in the RPP Candidate’s Guidance.

Frequently asked questions

  • Definition of a complex project (page 3 of RPP Competences)
  • Definition of ‘current’ experience (page 4 of RPP Candidate Guidance)
  • The grounds for appeal

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Refresh of APM Registered Project Professional (RPP)

A refresh of the RPP standard has been announced and will launch in February 2017. Applicants who are in the process of applying for RPP using the existing criteria should continue to do so. Please note: portfolio submissions against the current standard must be submitted by Friday 31 March 2017. The deadline for professional reviews against the current standard is Friday 28 July 2017.

Read more about the refreshed RPP standard

The benefits of RPP

Why become a RPP?

The wider public can be confident that successful RPPs have been externally assessed as competent and dedicated to their own continuing development.

  • For employers, this visible investment in staff offers the benefit of raising the profile of project management as a driver for competitive advantage and improved project delivery.
  • Individuals can be proud of satisfying one of the most stringent project management assessments in the world.

There is a growing recognition of the value that competent and capable project professionals can offer to society – both public and private sector. RPP sets project professionals apart through a robust assessment of the APM FIVE Dimensions of Professionalism.

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.

Application process

APM Registered Project Professional is available to anyone with experience of managing others in a complex project environment regardless of their professional background or qualifications. There are no membership or academic prerequisites.

The journey to RPP begins with reviewing the Candidate Guidance notes. The portfolio of evidence application form then needs to be completed and submitted to APM via the email address detailed on the form.

Full details of APM Registered Project Professional and the assessment process are available in the Candidate Guidance notes and CPD guidance.

Application process

The assessment process by peer assessors comprises two stages:

  • Portfolio assessment – the portfolio of evidence must contain evidence that demonstrates capability in 29 core competences and knowledge of 18 complementary competences, which is to be accompanied by your CPD log.  The portfolio of evidence is anonymously assessed by an RPP assessor to determine whether it contains the evidence required.
  • Professional review – having successfully completed the portfolio assessment, candidates will be invited to a professional review with two RPP assessors.  The review, in an interview format, will typically take around 45 minutes including a 5 to 10 minute candidate presentation at the start.

To retain RPP, successful candidates will be expected to complete 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) per year and sign a Code of Professional Conduct

The journey to RPP begins with reviewing the Candidate Guidance notes. The portfolio of evidence application form then needs to be completed and submitted to APM via the email address detailed on the form.

Full details of APM Registered Project Professional and the assessment process are available in the Candidate Guidance notes and CPD guidance.

Required materials and support literature:

To help in the preparation of an application to become an APM Registered Project Professional, the following information and materials are available:

A refresh of the RPP standard has been announced and will launch in February 2017. Applicants who are in the process of applying for RPP using the existing criteria should continue to do so. Please note: portfolio submissions against the current standard must be submitted by Friday 31 March 2017. The deadline for professional reviews against the current standard is Friday 28 July 2017.

How much does it cost?

The fee is paid in two installments at the two stages of the assessment process:

   APM member
 

APM
member
including
VAT
 

 Non-member*
 
Non-
member
including VAT 
Payable on submission of portfolio of evidence £277.00 £332.40 £489.00 £544.40
Payable prior to professional review £455.00 £546.00 £455.00 £546.00
Total £732.00 £878.40 £944.00 £1090.40













*As a non-member, your first payment includes first year subscription at Full member APM Registered Project Professional (RPP MAPM) rate. This proportion of the fee is not subject to VAT. If you are not a member of APM at application, you will be awarded Full member (MAPM) for a successful Portfolio Assessment.

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