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APM CPD scheme 

APM expects all professionals to commit to learning that

  • Is a minimum of 35 hours annually
  • Is project project related
  • Has been completed within the past 12 months
  • Includes more than 1 activity
  • Includes reflective statements [insert link to guidance on reflective learning] on how the learning has been applied

APM members commit to doing this as part of their annual membership and signing up to the APM Code of Conduct [insert link]. CPD is sampled for both Registered Project Professional and Chartered Project Professional.

How APM can help?

APM are committed to support project professionals throughout their careers, from planning their next move, through to reflecting on their latest learning. We are pleased to have a wide range of resources to help you with this.

If you would like to identify what your next move could be, why not try the APM role profiler [insert link]. This handy tool can help to identify where in your career path you are, and highlight some options for further learning should you wish to progress, or deepen your competence in your current role.

The Role Profiler is based on the APM Competence Framework. This can also be used to help plan your learning by completing a self-assessment [insert link].

Once you have identified what you would like to learn, you can have a look at the huge range of CPD range of APM resources and activities, from Project journal [insert link], insights into the latest developments in the field [insert link to Kirsten’s summaries?], through to volunteer opportunities [insert link], formal qualifications [insert link], and regular events and webinars [insert link].

To help identify different activities and for an indication on the average time that can be claimed for these, you can find a handy icon. More information on what can be included in your learning is available in formal and informal learning [insert link?]

You can contact us with your CPD related queries on cpd@apm.org.uk.

Who can benefit from CPD? 


  • By formalising the learning that you do daily, you will be able to get a sense of purpose and direction through taking control of your career development, make the most of opportunities, and showcase your achievements.

Your employer

  • Research has shown that those who are actively engaged with CPD demonstrate broader ‘good citizenship’ behaviours such as going the extra mile, and are more committed to their work. It can also be an opportunity to share good practice across the business, and maintain high standards within project management, as well as tying in to appraisals.

Your clients

  • Your clients will benefit from working with a project professional who is committed to staying up to date with the latest good practice in the field of project management.


The APM CPD scheme for members runs from the date your membership commences and the annual CPD requirement should be undertaken before the renewal of your annual membership. Ensure that all of your activities are within the past 12 months and do include any unfinished, on-going or future CPD activities.

APM does not expect you to undertake any CPD whilst on long term leave (whether long term sick leave, paternity, maternity, adoption or other). However, we would recommend that anyone intending to return to work does what they can to keep themselves up to date. CPD may be acquired during the previous 12 working months.

What counts as CPD?

APM research carried out in partnership with the Professional Development Consortium found that CPD works best when it is:

  • Relevant;
  • Collaborative;
  • Recognised;
  • Personal;

You will be involved in CPD without necessarily realising that you are doing it; meeting with colleagues to get a better understanding of a particular issue, attending webinars to fill a gap in your knowledge, reading up on the latest developments in the profession, or shadowing colleagues to gain insight into other ways of approaching things are all part of CPD.

Your learning activities will vary according to your role, sector, and experience and what it is that you need to develop. What you choose to do will depend on the areas that you wish to develop [insert link to steps].

Informal CPD

Informal CPD activities can include:

  • Learning on the job
  • Peer guidance and discussion [insert link]
  • Structured reading [insert link]
  • Work shadowing
  • Exposure to new situations at work which require action
  • Participating in careers convention
  • Reading up on the latest developments in the sector [insert link]
  • Sharing relevant knowledge and experience with others
  • Acting as a coach or mentor, or being coached or mentored
  • Self-study through reading, watching and relevant educational videos, listening to relevant podcasts [prompt to follow APM twitter/social media for the latest articles and info in the profession] and reading project management material
  • Volunteering [insert link]

Formal CPD

Formal CPD activities will have one or more specific learning objectives. You may either be a participant/attendee/student, or trainer/presenter for these activities, and they can include:

  • Validated and accredited qualifications [insert link]
  • Relevant courses [insert link]
  • Relevant conference and/or seminars [insert link]
  • In-house presentations
  • APM volunteer activities [insert link] such as branch or Specific Interest Group meetings [insert link] or becoming involved in their Committees
  • Job secondment
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