Looking back over 2017 a couple of important events and changes come to mind. One to remember and celebrate is the event which saw the Association of Project Management achieve Chartered status and of course Hyde Park Solutions were in attendance to witness this accomplishment.
Achieving chartered status for the APM puts the Project Management profession on an equal footing with Engineers, Architects and Accountants who are also vital to so many projects. It will also be great for the professionalism of Project Management, as it will result in Project Managers becoming more valued and assured in their work.
The arrival of the Charter, which is printed on vellum and sealed with the Great Seal of the Realm, confirms the creation of the Chartered body. Significantly the Chartered body is a different organisation to APM. The assets of the current charity are being moved into the Chartered body so that it operates fully and most importantly can fulfil its obligations. This is largely an administrative process, but it will mean transferring members, contracts, offices, IT, people, intellectual property and so on into the new body which plans to be active from the 1st April 2018.
Once the Chartered body is operational, their priority will be to focus on the creation of a Register of Chartered Project Professionals. The standards and processes required for the Chartered Project Professionals register will go through a process of public consultation before it is launched. Part of these consultations will involve decisions about APM’s Registered Project Professional (RPP) status.