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Road to Chartered series

What does it mean to be Chartered for individual APM members and the profession at large? This central question is the subject of a series of thought-leadership papers released over the last year, aimed at exploring the opportunities and obligations facing the newly-Chartered APM.

Becoming Chartered is recognition of a major step-change for our profession. But with this higher profile and status come greater responsibilities for both practitioners and the profession as a whole. This transition offers us the chance to review the component parts of our profession and ensure we modernise and reform where needed.  

The award of Chartered status to APM is tremendous recognition for a relatively new profession that now makes such a significant contribution to social and economic well-being. I hope you enjoy and contribute to the debate through this and subsequent papers we publish, and help to set the direction of travel for our new Chartered body,” commented APM chair, John McGlynn.

A number of themes will be explored in future Road to Chartered papers, including the role of volunteering, ethics and behaviours, nurturing talent, developing the next generation of project managers and the importance of continuing professional development. 

The papers aim to give members and other interested stakeholders a greater insight into what becoming Chartered means,” said David Thomson, APM head of external affairs, who is responsible for overseeing the development of the Road to Chartered series. “They will also help explain the transformation APM is experiencing as it evolves into a fully-fledged Chartered body.”

 “We also want these papers to act as a springboard for debate as we evolve as the Chartered body for the project management profession,” David concluded.

APM as a chartered body: Supporting the journey of chartered project professionals

We have published the tenth and concluding paper in the current APM chartered series. This paper summarises the series and the issues of professionalism it addresses as well as updating APM progress on the journey to open the chartered register, including developing the standards and the register for chartered project professional.


This paper is the tenth and final in this series of chartered thought-leadership papers – ‘Road to Chartered’ – published by APM to help build capacity and thinking as a chartered body. The series, which was a year-long process, sought to provide members with insight into how APM might develop as a chartered body, what this means and, crucially, how members could feed into this evolution. It was also a signal to the public of the intent of the project profession to play its part in the development of social and economic well-being, both in the UK and globally – a contribution that, we believe, has for too long been underappreciated.

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Joining the dance? Creating an inclusive profession

A key part of the APM’s transition to a chartered body, and the growth of the project management profession, is the need to support the development of a diverse and inclusive profession.

The ninth paper in APM’s “Road to Chartered Series”  looks at progress so far and sets out suggested approaches and ideas for developing diversity and inclusion initiatives as the profession develops.

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Building influence as a chartered body, promoting APM thought leadership

A key part of the development of the profession of project management, as it evolves to Chartered status, is the need to build research and thought leadership capability.

The seventh paper in APM’s “Road to Chartered Series”  looks at how the APM research programme and wider thought leadership activity is helping to support the development of a Chartered profession.

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Professional responsibilities and obligations - the case of millennials

A key part of the development of the profession of project management, as it evolves to Chartered status, is the need to embrace the values and energy of the millennial generation. The sixth paper in APM’s “Road to Chartered Series” looks at how millennials can be part of this drive to build a Chartered profession.

This paper, drawn up with the help of Dr Effie Konstantinou of UCL, focuses on of the key issues facing the project management profession and, indeed, the leadership and management of organisations and firms more generally.

In a few short years, the millennial generation will constitute the majority of the workforce and will be emerging, if they are not already, as the leaders in their field. Therefore, the themes and values of this group, which Dr Konstantinou identifies so well in this paper, offer two major challenges as we seek to build a project management profession that matches the traditional Chartered professions, both in terms of perception and status.

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The robot professional? The role of project professionals in the digital future

This paper focuses on the importance of technology and big data, and the advent of AI and how it might impact our profession, work, society and the economy.

As a new Chartered profession, we need to address the implications of technology for project management as a whole, and for individual professionals, not only for the benefit of the economy, but also for society itself. “By 2020, it is believed that 40 per cent of incumbent companies will be displaced by digital disruption”. 

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The growing significance of CPD: Ensuring professionalism

CPD, or continuing professional development, plays a key part in the journey of a professional. Arguably it this era of constant change and the increasing public expectation that  professionals updating their skills, CPD becomes ever more important.

This paper looks at the history and trends across professional bodies in recent years. Written by Professor Andrew Friedman of the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN) this paper sets the context for APM and the profession’s future journey, concluding on initial thoughts of how APM as a Chartered body needs to adapt and support members - both corporate and individual - in their journey to professionalism using CPD.

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The importance of ethics in professional life

The third Chartered paper is titled, “Demonstrating integrity in a complex world:

    The importance of ethics in professional life”. 

Created in collaboration with the Institute of Business Ethics, the paper explores different aspects of ethical behaviour and seeks to engage individuals across the profession to gain a better understanding of the increasing importance of ethics and integrity.

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For the public good? Volunteering in the Chartered profession

The second in the series of APM Chartered papers has been published. This is one of a series of Chartered thought leadership papers –‘ The Road to Chartered’ – created to help build the capacity of APM as a Chartered body.

This paper entitled ‘For the public good? Volunteering in the Chartered profession’ focuses on a theme that APM has always had at its heart: volunteering.

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21st-century professionalism: The importance of being Chartered

In the introductory paper, 21st century professionalism: the importance of being Chartered, the history of Chartered and the step change to a Chartered body is set out in more detail, including importantly, the obligations of a modern project professional.

The award of Chartered status to APM is tremendous recognition for a relatively new profession that now makes such a significant contribution to social and economic well-being. I hope you enjoy and contribute to the debate through this and subsequent papers we publish, and help to set the direction of travel for our new Chartered body” commented APM chair, John McGlynn.

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Driving innovation: Building a sustainable professional body for the 21st century

A key part of the APM’s transition to a chartered body, is the need to build best practice across a number of aspects which support the profession of project management. As we develop and grow it is sensible to look to older and larger chartered bodies to see what learning and ideas we can draw from their activities and initiatives.

The eighth paper in APM’s “Road to Chartered Series”  looks at what a number of chartered bodies have done across a number of themes to support the development of a Chartered profession and to advance professionalism in their sectors.

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