– John Bolton, Programme Development Director and Lara Taylorson accredited as APM RPP Assessors-
APM training provider Parallel Project Training today announced that two of its consultants John Bolton, Programme Development Director and Lara Taylorson, associate consultant, are some of the first project management professionals to be qualified as an assessor for the new APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) standard.
The APM RPP standard will be officially launched in 2011 and will begin accepting applications from March. It aims to raise the standard of professional project management by acknowledging that all professionals across project, programme and portfolio management have reached a recognised standard in their profession.
The standard is based around the APM Competence Framework and is aimed at experienced project managers looking to develop their career though gaining this level of professional standard. Parallel Project Training will offer a range of interventions tailored to the new standard, ensuring students can demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader, have the ability to manage a complex project and use appropriate project management tools, processes and techniques.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate the following attributes having achieved the RPP standard:
- A breadth of knowledge of project management as defined in the APM Body of Knowledge
- Demonstration of having managed complex projects successfully
- A commitment to continuing professional development
- Demonstration of leadership and adherence to professional and ethical behaviour
Commenting on his accreditation as an assessor for RPP John said: “We believe the RPP standard to be a fundamental differentiator in the field of professional project management. We are delighted to be able to support the APM in developing it and rolling it out and will be developing specific training and interventions to support those wishing to submit applications for RPP.
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About Parallel Project Training
Parallel Project Training was formed in October 2009 by John Bolton and Paul Naybour and is supported by a pool of associates, advisers and consultants. Paul’s background is in the management of rail and infrastructure projects, leading major training programmes for many of the key players in the rail and transportation sector. In addition to rail experience, John has a strong pedigree in major programmes in the software and services sectors along with significant involvement in the management and development of professional project managers. Both are very highly experienced project management professionals, each having over ten years experience as project management development professionals. Parallel Project Training is based in Reading and offers a highly innovative approach to project management training. The courses include APMP, planning, risk management, estimating, and project leadership and will lead to accreditation where available. They are delivered using a combination of printed study material, e-learning, podcasts and classroom workshops. Parallel offers exceptional value for money with their innovative approach to efficiency and reducing impact on the environment – offering more for less.
About the Association for Project Management (APM)
Founded in 1972, the Association for Project Management has been at the forefront of the development of project, programme and portfolio management for over 35 years. The APM is a registered charity with over 18,000 individual and 500 corporate members making it the largest professional body of its kind in Europe. As part of its strategy to raise awareness and standards in the profession it is currently in the process of applying for a Royal Charter.
About APM Registered Project Professional
APM Registered Project Professional will recognise all professionals across projects, programme and portfolios including specialists. Those achieving Registered Project Professional status will demonstrate their professionalism through the APM 5 Dimensions of Professionalism.