Association for Project Management (APM) receives Royal Charter

From the APM website
For nearly 800 years Royal Charters have been awarded to professional bodies, learned societies and world-class institutions that represent the values of trust, respect and reliability.

In April 2017 the Association for Project Management (APM) joins this group of organisations by becoming the Chartered body for the project profession.

It is a significant milestone in the history of the profession enhancing the status and recognition of project management as a means of delivering effective change that improves our economy and society.

Working with government, the private sector and professional bodies, APM will use Chartered status to raise the profile, awareness and understanding of project management by:

  • raising standards through a robustly assessed register of project professionals who are committed to professional development and a code of conduct;
  • enhancing the status and recognition of project management as a means of delivering effective change that improves our economy and society;
  • facilitating continued collaboration and research with other professions to develop the practice and theory of delivering successful change across sectors and industries.

Over the coming months, the Association for Project Management will develop the standards and values that will become the benchmark for professional project management through a register of Chartered Project Professionals.

What are the benefits of gaining the Royal Charter?

  • The Royal Charter provides the profession with a platform to raise awareness of our skills, improve standards and develop our practice for the benefit of all.
  • The Chartered standard is an internationally recognised mark of quality.
  • It enhances the status and recognition of project management as a means of delivering effective change that improves our economy and society.
  • It offers assurance to users of project management services through the association’s regulating authority.
  • It provides a framework for improving project performance.
  • It will raise the profile and value of project management as a profession.

Only a Chartered body can set a Chartered standard. So, the APM can only start the process of setting the standard from April 2017 and plan to publish the Chartered Project Professional standard in November 2017 following consultation. The APM anticipate launching the Chartered Project Professional standard in spring 2018.

Key dates are:

  • 17 March – Unveiling of the Royal Charter.
  • 1 April – APM becomes the Chartered body for the project profession.
  • November 2017 – Chartered Project Professional standard published following consultation.
  • Spring 2018 – Launch of Chartered Project Professional.

Focus on Training has a wide range of APM Training courses on offer, including (click on the title to find out more)

APM Project Fundamentals Course (formerly APMIC)

APM Project Management Qualification (Formerly APMP)

APM Practitioner Qualification Assessment