Why chartered status matters?
APM opens its Register of Chartered Project Professionals in Spring 2018 and has published the standard that project professionals will need to meet to be on the Register and call themselves Chartered Project Professionals (ChPP).
The Royal Charter is an internationally recognised mark of quality providing the profession with a platform to raise awareness of our skills, improve standards and develop our practice for the benefit of all.
"Another key development in 2017 was the APM becoming a chartered body. This is important in driving convergence and excellence in project delivery while promoting trust. If we look at the established professions, the title “chartered” is important when people are selecting their staff or suppliers.
Nowadays, no one would think of promoting a major engineering development without chartered engineers leading the work or having a financial controller who isn’t a chartered accountant; if the APM is successful, then we should see the same happening for project management. This won’t happen overnight and, in reality, will be a journey of many years”. Robert Buttrick - APM Hon Fellow
We asked a selection of project professionals on our board, members and non-members, what chartered status means to them to gather a sense of the the expectation project professionals hold around project management becoming a chartered profession. If you would like to be featured and share your thoughts on being chartered, please email contact us.
Programme manager, APM Fellow
“I’m keen to support raising standards and professionalism in project management.”
SOE president, APM Fellow
“It ultimately it sets the standards apart from you and other project management professionals who are not accredited, and therefore gives you a competitive edge.”
“Chartered means professional recognition of your capability as a practitioner.”
Senior clinical project manager director
“I am based in Australia…so although chartered status may not mean a lot to me personally in the future, I can certainly support the idea of raising awareness of project management as a profession as well as raising standards.”
“It confirms that we are on the right track. APM is here for the public benefit to spread and then recognise good portfolio, programme and project professionalism.”
APM board member
“Chartered is the recognition for the profession, it allows us to be recognised as the professionals we are and develop more confidence in the public and sponsors to get things done.”
“It signifies that a discipline is recognised and an individual has reached a level of competence and experience. I will be applying for chartered status next year, which is both scary and exciting in equal measures!”
"...it will professionalise the industry and drive up standards…it will help organisations identify the ‘real deal’ from those who simply obtain a qualification without any real experience. “
“It means that we can at last gain the recognition we deserve as a profession, and as society and the projects we deliver become more complex and diverse we too can attract a new diverse generation of project professionals to help change the world for the better.”
Service improvement manager
"Chartered Standard is a kitemark of quality which recognises practitioners’ professional experience and knowledge. I think this can only be a good thing as it has the potential to raise the standards of project management across the profession."
APM board member
“This is THE recognition that project management is a ‘serious profession’ on a par with those other chartered professions that drive our country in the engineering, business, legal and accounting worlds (amongst others!)"
APM board member
"The word 'charter' has a certain meaning in society, it highlights someone has having achieved a high standard and can be trusted. I am already a Chartered Engineer, but being a Chartered Project Professional as well shows I am competent as both."
“Chartered status suggests a level of knowledge and expertise that is above and beyond the standard. It effectively gives a seal of approval to that person or organisation."