Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession, has added the 1000th Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) to its register.
Having received its Royal Charter in 2017, APM has led the way in setting and maintaining universally high standards for the project profession. The ChPP benchmark – the internationally recognised benchmark standard for the profession – enables those who meet the required chartered standard to demonstrate a defined level of technical knowledge, professional practice and ethical behaviour. Applicants who achieve APM’s chartered status are included on the Register of Chartered Project Professionals.
People from a wide range of industries have succeeded in becoming a ChPP including engineering, defence, finance, healthcare, construction, transport and manufacturing. Recognition of the importance and value of the chartered standard is growing among these sectors and others.
Debbie Dore, chief executive at APM, said: “This is a significant milestone for APM and the profession. We are seeing a growing interest in chartership from both individuals and employers as they realise the benefit and value it can bring – both to people’s careers and to businesses.
With the project profession adding £156bn* to the UK economy annually, having more chartered professionals will only bring further value.”
The youngest ChPP so far is Craig Scott, aged 26, a project manager at Eurofighter GmbH, who started with BAE Systems as a business apprentice straight from school.
Craig said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised as the youngest person ever to become Chartered. I have worked extremely hard over the past four-and-a-half years ensuring that I have a full rounded level of experience within the profession by undertaking different roles, from customer-facing and supplier based roles to delivering all aspects of the project lifecycle from bids through to contract execution and closure.
My advice for anyone looking to become chartered is to ensure you have broad experience, keep track of everything that you have done, and keep a note of it. You will realise you have done more than you think, and it’s quite refreshing to see what you have achieved!”
Sue Phillips, a programme manager for HM Revenue & Customs, believes that becoming a ChPP has given her greater confidence in her professional skills and has had a positive impact on her career.
Sue said: “Achieving chartered status has given me greater confidence in my own professional skills. It is recognised by colleagues and stakeholders as a premier award. My professionalism is recognised and accepted without question. I have recently moved to a new programme leadership role and being a ChPP has helped me establish strong professional relationships quickly.”