APM Launches Its Registered Project Professional (RPP)

New credentials for project managers are regularly popping up all over the world.

A new British designation designed to raise the standards of professional project management, has been announced by the Association for Project Management (APM). Following the completion of the first pilot of the new APM Registered Project Professional standard, 28 candidates were awarded with their certificates at a presentation in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, London.

APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) is a new standard that will acknowledge that all professionals across projects, programme and portfolios have reached a recognised standard in their profession. RPP assesses both knowledge and experience across a range of different competencies. APM will start accepting applications for the new standard in March 2011 signifying a significant step forward for the profession.

Paul Erricker, project manager on the development of the RPP standard, explained that the standard is based around similar competencies found within the APM Competence Framework, saying: “The competencies are the building blocks that underpin the standard itself”. Paul believes that RPP is an opportunity for people to really develop their career. He feels that those wanting to undertake the RPP process initially will be experienced project managers, but added: “Ultimately it is for those who are developing in project management who want to have a recognised professional standard that they can drive their careers towards”.

Paul Erricker added that, along with tremendous support from the stakeholders, APM have developed “the right standard, pitched at the right level, for the right people in the professional community”.

Source: www.apm.org.uk

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