The roadmap towards a register of Chartered Project Professionals is becoming more clear. Work at the Association for Project Management (APM) on the development the proposed Chartered Standard is progressing well and the APM anticipate that this will be shortly going to public consultation. The APM has previously said that the current Registered Project Professional standard will meet all the competency requirements for the new Chartered Standard. Whilst no-one can absolutely predict the outcome of the public consultation, the APM has already indicated that the new standard will offer different routes to Chartership.
For example, my only view is that one of these routes should include some credit for the PMP qualification from the PMI and I will be submitting this as part of the public consultation. Much of the learning is the PMP qualification has may parallels with the APM PPQ and including scenario questions which requires the application of knowledge to typical scenarios. No doubt someone people will argue that AXELOS qualification also has some value towards RPP.
The APM expect the public consultation to be completed by the end of September with the final version being available at the end of November 2018. With applications to join the Chartered register in the spring of 2018.
So what should you do today?
If you are a project manager who is interested in working towards Chartered Status what should you do today? The first option is to do nothing, for now, and await the outcome of the consultation, or at least the publication of the standard. In this way, you will be very clear what standards will be required and the process to be followed. You will only have five months to wait until the final version is available in November. However, this could see you at the back of the back of the queue in terms of the application once the standard is finalised. A small risk, depending on how many people actually decide to apply. The second approach is to start work on an RPP application on the understanding that is is highly likely to meet the competence elements of Chartered Project Professional, and now is a good time to get ahead of the game and make progress with your application.
Support from Parallel Project Training
Eitherway Parallel Project Training is here to support you and we have launched ChPP coaching for those who want to learn more about RPP and Chartered Project Professional. These are hosted by Parallel’s Programme Director John Bolton. John was one of the very first RPP awarded in 2011 and he has been an active RPP assessor for the past five years.