How To Become A Chartered Project Professional - Guide (2023)

Over the past few weeks we have had lots of people asking us “What is the best route to Chartered Project Professional? (ChPP)“, so below we set out the options. Over the next few months we plan to write blog posts covering everything you need to know to get Chartered Project Professional. We plan to cover all the competence areas, both knowledge and practice and provide guidance on how to complete the necessary forms. We plan to send out a post every week (or so) and if we get sufficient interest will publish podcasts and webinars. As we say we “are with you all the way”.

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Understanding the different Routes to Chartered Project Professional

The Chartered Project Professional standard is open to anyone. Of course, the chances are that it will appeal mainly to those individuals who work in and around the project management disciplines. These can be as perhaps a Project Manager, Programme Manager, Project Office Manager or perhaps one of the supporting functions such as Risk Analyst or Estimator.

Whoever does seek to obtain the recognition may be coming from a wide variety of different backgrounds and educational achievement. They will need to decide whether they are eligible and particularly if they are ‘professionally active’. This means

a) having a proven track record delivering projects, programmes, portfolios or a key control or enabling function; and

b) having up-to-date knowledge of current practices and methods; and

c) being actively involved in the project management profession.

If most of the evidence provided in an application is more than five years old, they can still apply, and will just need to explain how they continue to meet points b) and c) above. They can do this through their CPD and their project overviews.

There are five main components of any application which are

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· Personal Information (such as name, address, etc)

· Referees

· Project Overviews

· Evidence of CPD

· Evidence of understanding and complying with professionalism and ethics.

In addition to these there are two further (and by far and away the largest) sections. Applicants will need to demonstrate their ‘Advanced Technical Knowledge’ and ‘Professional Practice’ (of that knowledge). In later blog posts we are going to explore each of these in a lot more detail.

The nature of this submission will vary depending on whether or not they have a ‘Recognised Assessment’ which can provide exemption from one or both of these aspects.

The way the APM have arranged the application process is for individuals to apply through one of three Routes which are

· Route 1: for those who have a Recognised Assessment for Technical Knowledge.

· Route 2: for those who have a Recognised Assessment for Technical Knowledge and Professional Practice.

· Route 3: an experiential Route for those who do not have a Recognised Assessment but do meet the eligibility criteria.

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A ‘Recognised Qualification’ is one that has been assessed to be at an appropriate level and standard by a third party nominated by APM. Any organisations (such as other project management standards bodies, universities, etc.) can apply to have their qualifications assessed and then any individual with that qualification will then inherit the commensurate exemption. At the time of writing there are no Recognised Qualifications except the APM’s own Registered Project Professional (RPP) standard. This provides exemption for Route 2 for both Knowledge and Professional Practice.

So, for now we just wanted to get the ball rolling by having a little ‘expose’ of these three Routes as a starter for ten. Slightly obtusely we will not be taking them in order.

Route 2 requires that the applicant has a Recognised Qualification for Knowledge and Professional Practice. As mentioned above, the only one that currently exists in this space is the RPP. Therefore, if the applicant holds that standard they will be able to seek to follow Route 2. This will mean they just need to demonstrate their CPD and Professionalism and Ethics (as well as the standard basic personal information and referees). These two aspects are tested at the interview which for Route 2 in just half an hour long. It seems likely therefore that anyone with RPP, wanting to do a Chartered Project Professional application will follow this Route. To do otherwise would seem to be somewhat illogical. Interestingly there are also a few reasons why an individual may wish to do RPP prior to the Chartered Project Professional application. It makes the Chartered Project Professional application much simpler and straight forward and if the applicant has already got the APM-PQ qualification or the APM-PPQ qualification then the RPP application itself is simplified as these provide exemption for the knowledge-based aspects of the RPP application whereas they do not do the same for Chartered Project Professional. Food for thought.

Next, we will look at Route 1. This has the option to seek exemption from just the Knowledge-based aspect of the application. The only slight issue at this time (and of course this may change) is that there is no Recognised Qualification that has been accepted at this time (April 2018). There is much speculation about what may fill that gap. There will hopefully be some organisations that may apply to have theirs included and it would be highly speculative to predict which these may be. However, it is likely that university courses such as project management degrees, masters and similar course will eventually gain acceptance. For now, Route 2 is currently unavailable to any applicant. We will let you know when this changes. Route 2 will also require demonstration of the ‘Professional Practice’ as well. As this is essentially the same as required for Route 3 we will cover what that looks like below.

We expect most applicants without RPP to follow Route 3. Under this regime, (to remind you) the applicant will need to demonstrate

a) Their Advanced Technical Knowledge

b) Their Professional Practice of that Knowledge

So, the 6-million-dollar question is how the applicant does that, and the answer is going to be covered in detail in later blogs once APM have released details of the assessment plan during May 2018, until then this is somewhat speculative. Essentially the applicant will need to show compliance in both respects through the description of how they qualify for each of ten mandatory and two optional competencies from the APM competence framework. In the case of the Professional Application, this will be either through some form of short paragraph against each of the 12 competence areas (similar in nature to the original RPP standard) or alternatively written answers to specific questions (such as the current RPP). Of course, APM may come up with some new and cunning way of assessing Professional Practice but we think it highly unlikely that this will be in the form of an assessment centre such as the (now soon to be retired) APM-PQ.

This is all well and good for the Professional Practice elements of the application, but the very tricky part of that application will revolve around the Knowledge based aspects which will be evidenced only at interview. This means the applicant will need to be thoroughly prepared to describe their knowledge to a panel of assessors. They will need very specific examples of each and be able to describe them in some detail and then (as detailed in the standard) be able to compare them with their working practices. In essence, they will need to be able to critically analyse what they do against best practice. Clearly this will require a sound fundamental knowledge of the various competences and this may require some refreshing. It is highly likely that most applicants will already have some form of qualification such as APM-PMQ, and in these circumstances they will be very well grounded. If on the other hand they do not have any qualification or one that is centred around an alternative syllabus or competence framework, they may struggle to make sense of the application and the nature of the questioning and what is required for it.

We are going to try to help and demystify some of this for these types of applicants (and anyone else for that matter). It should be noted that Route 3 has a 90-minute interview with two assessors and it can be assumed that a large portion of this interview (probably 30 minutes) will be dedicated to the knowledge aspects.

So, for now have a look at your experience and academic qualifications and come to a conclusion about which Route you would like to take.

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We will be producing more blogs and some podcasts to help you, we believe that access to Chartered Project Professional ought to be as slick and obstruction free as possible, so we have decided to offer whatever advice we can free of charge through these blogs – so watch this space.

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2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. How To Become A Chartered Project Professional - Guide (1)Elaine McKenna says:

    28th March 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Evening I am interested in applying for the Route 3 application for APM Charter and would appreciate feedback and guidance as to how I might be able to achieve this in 2020. I am circa 20 years in PM and Prog Mgm working on successful programmes in the UK, Europe and Middle East.


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    • How To Become A Chartered Project Professional - Guide (2)pnaybour says:

      28th March 2020 at 6:07 pm

      Elaine thanks for your comment, we are currently mostly running programmes for corporate groups but will explore with John if some open sessions might be of interest.


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How long does it take to become APM chartered? ›

The APM Chartered Project Professional Programme is designed to be completed within 3-6 months.

How do you become a chartered project manager? ›

ChPP is for anyone that meets all of the following criteria:
  1. having a proven track record delivering projects, programmes, portfolios or a key control or enabling function.
  2. having up-to-date knowledge of current practices and methods.
  3. being actively involved in the project profession.

What is a chartered project professional? ›

The Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard is a professional benchmark that demonstrates attainment of a defined level of technical knowledge, professional practice and ethical behaviour.

What is MAPM qualification? ›

What is an MAPM qualification? MAPM stands for Membership of the Association for Project Management, so an MAPM qualification proves that you're a member of this institution. Some refer to this as an APM qualification, and it's a clear reflection of your high level of skill when working as a project manager.

How difficult is the APM exam? ›

The PMQ exam is complex in that it is a written exam completed over a 3-hour period. You will be given a booklet which will contain 16 questions, of which you will need to select 10 questions that you feel comfortable answering.

How hard is the APM course? ›


Most people would agree that taking any examination, including the APM PMQ exam, is a nerve racking and stressful experience especially when their job, salary increase, or promotion prospects rely on a successful exam outcome.

How do I become a CPM Certified project manager? ›

How do I get Certified? CPM candidates need to have been assessed on a minimum of 30 hours' project education, then evidence the full-time equivalent of at least three (3) years' full-time experience leading project, program and/or portfolio teams before proceeding to examination.

What is the difference between PMP and CCM? ›

What Is It? The PMP credential is administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The CCM is administered by the Construction Manager Certification Institute (CMCI), an affiliate of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).

What are the 3 main parts to a project charter? ›

A project charter should only include three elements: your project objectives, scope, and responsibilities.

Is certified project Officer worth it? ›

Greater earning potential

As a certified project officer, you will be in demand from employers who are looking for professionals with the skills and knowledge to manage their projects effectively. This can lead to increased earning potential.

What is project charter in PMP? ›

A project charter is a formal, typically short document that describes your project in its entirety — including what the objectives are, how it will be carried out, and who the stakeholders are. It is a crucial ingredient in planning the project because it is used throughout the project lifecycle.

What is the most valuable project management certification? ›

PMP: Project Management Professional

The PMP Certification is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. It is recognized as the gold standard in project management all over the world.

Which is better PMP or APM? ›

The PMP® has more benefits on the individual level and for career growth by distinguishing yourself as a PMP® certificate holder, while the APM has more benefits on the corporate level by offering viable hands-on experience on managing projects and improving your organizational project management performance.

What is the highest level of certification in project management? ›

The PMP credential is coveted by employers seeking the most highly skilled project management professionals. Developed by project managers, the PMP certification is the highest level offered in PMI certifications.

What is the pass rate for APM exam? ›

APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)

The APM has been pretty cagey about the current pass rate for the PMQ but us PMQ trainers gossip quite a bit, and I can tell you that Accredited Training Providers that were used to a 75-80% pass rate found it nearer 50% when the BoK7 exams were released.

What is the pass rate for APM qualification? ›

What is the Fundamentals Qualification pass mark? The pass mark is 36 out of 60 which equals 60%.

How do I pass APM in first attempt? ›

You should practice ACCA APM past exam on how to write valid points with details required before exam. It is very critical to pass APM with adequate practice on how to make your answers meet examiner's requirements. A lot of students ask whether they need Paper APM textbook and some tutors said it's their own choice.

Why do projects fail APM? ›

Among the primary reasons it gave for project failure were unrealistic expectations; unclear or inadequate requirements; a lack of senior management support; and insufficient or excessive planning.

Does APM certificate expire? ›

Certification lasts five years. This can be done directly via APM through evidencing a minimum of 35 hours of CPD per year (since the last certification or re-certification).

How many questions are on the APM exam? ›

The APM Project Management Qualification assessment is made up of 16 short answer questions. Short answer questions test the candidates' level of knowledge and understanding of a topic and will contain command verbs such as 'explain' and 'describe'.

Is PMP harder than CAPM? ›

Because the CAPM is geared toward entry-level project managers or those interested in a project management career, the CAPM exam is considered less rigorous than the PMP exam.

Is the PMP exam hard? ›

Moreover, PMP is the 2nd most challenging exam after Cisco Certified Internetwork Exams (CCIE) out of the 10 most difficult IT certifications. In addition, PMP is the gold standard in the project management field, thus making it the most stringent certification exam.

Can you get a PMP without a degree? ›

If you have something less than a four-year college degree (i.e. high school diploma or associates degree), you can still get your PMP certification, but the requirements increase. Here you would have to show five years of overall project work experience, as well as 7,500 hours for the volume requirement.

What are the 7 C's of project management? ›

There are seven core elements that if considered will contribute to the organization's project decision-making process. The seven elements (7 C's) are: customers, competitors, capabilities, cost, channels, communication, and coordination.

What is 90% of a project manager's job? ›

It turns out that 90% of a project manager's job is spent on communication so it's important to make sure everybody gets the right message at the right time.

What are the 4 C's in project management? ›

To solve this problem, PBL has evolved to include a new Gold Standard that incorporates the “Four Cs” of the Partnership for 21st Century Learning: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.

How difficult is the CCM exam? ›

And while the CCM is practice-based, you should know that the CCM exam has a passing score of only 70%. You've heard the saying “Practice makes perfect”, and this is true. If you feel like you a weak in some areas of the CCM exam, it's always a good idea to take a practice test.

How long is CCM certification good for? ›

CCM board-certified case managers are required to renew their certification every five years to remain current in the field of case management. It is the CCM board-certified case manager's responsibility to renew their certification by the “valid through” date on their certificate.

Is PMP better than six sigma? ›

Between the PMP and Six Sigma certifications, one is not better than the other. They just have different focus areas. If you want to be a project manager, you choose PMP. If you want to work in quality assurance or process improvement, go for the Six Sigma certification.

Which are the 6 elements of project charter? ›

Project Charter elements include, but are not limited to:
  • Statements of Work (SOW)
  • Agreements.
  • Project Description.
  • Project Organization.
  • Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Risks.
  • Budget.
  • Summary Schedule of Deliverables.
May 30, 2022

What are the 5 inputs for a project charter? ›

The inputs to the charter are normally documented decisions, and can include the following:
  • Contract (where applicable)
  • Project statement of work.
  • Enterprise environmental factors.
  • Organisational process assets.
  • The project statement of work (S. O. W.)
Apr 18, 2020

What are the 7 elements of a project plan? ›

Let's dive into the details:
  • Step 1: Define your goals and objectives. ...
  • Step 2: Set success metrics. ...
  • Step 3: Clarify stakeholders and roles. ...
  • Step 4: Set your budget. ...
  • Step 5: Align on milestones, deliverables, and project dependencies. ...
  • Step 6: Outline your timeline and schedule. ...
  • Step 7: Share your communication plan.
Nov 19, 2022

Is PMP still in demand 2022? ›

The growing demand for project managers is not surprising as many organizations have strong technical teams that can deliver, but team members lack the necessary project management skills such as scheduling, scoping, managing risks etc.

Is it better to get CAPM before PMP? ›

If you are just starting in your project management career, getting a CAPM can be a great first step towards obtaining a PMP and a higher salary after earning more project management experience.

Can I put PMP after my name? ›

The solution to break your dilemma of whether to put the title of 'PMP after your name or not is : “Yes - you may put the title of 'PMP' after your name it's completely your choice”, as suggested by many authors on PMI's discussion forum.

How long is the APM program? ›

These programs generally last one to two years, during which APM candidates will rotate through different areas/products, receive mentorship from a senior product manager, and build the requisite skills through workshops and training.

When did APM become chartered? ›

The Charter represents a significant milestone in the development of the profession and completes the final phase before the association transitions to a full Chartered body in April 2017.

How prestigious is Google APM? ›

The Google Associate Product Management (APM) program is one of the most prestigious and highly coveted positions in tech. There are only ~45 full time hires each year for over 8,000 applicants, an acceptance rate of ~0.56%.

How much does an APM at Google make? ›

The estimated total pay for a Associate Product Manager at Google is $165,050 per year. This number represents the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated base pay is $114,272 per year.

How competitive is APM? ›

If you're interested in applying to the Google APM program, there are a few things you should know. First, the application process is highly competitive - only a small percentage of applicants are accepted each year. Second, the interviews are notoriously difficult, so it's important to be prepared.

What is the acceptance rate for APM? ›

The acceptance rate for the program is very low. Over tens of thousands of applicants per year, only about 40-50 will make the cut. It is a competitive process to go through but with the right tips and a little help from a referral, it's possible that you can get a spot.

Is APM a good qualification? ›

The APM qualification has a structured approach to developing PM competences and progressing your career; starting with the APM Introductory certificate through the APMP, their most widely recognised certification, to the highest level of accreditation with the Registered Project Professional (RPP).

What is the pass mark for APM? ›

The overall pass mark for the exam is 55% (275 marks).

What is the APM qualification equivalent to? ›

Part of APM's selection of project management qualifications, PMQ is an intermediate level qualification equivalent to IPMA Level D and SCQF Level 7, making it accepted around the world as a sign of project management knowledge.

How many people get first round of Google APM? ›

It's estimated that Google receives 8,000+ applicants for 40-45 APM spots each year. Referrals are a great way to stand out early on.

What is the highest paying position at Google? ›

One of the highest-paying Google jobs, a Senior Vice President is in charge of everything from revenue creation, overseeing the personnel in charge of all operations, analyzing finances, establishing company-wide rules, and leading the organization forward.

How much does a Google APM earn in New York? ›

The average Associate Product Manager Google in New York City, NY makes $97,490, 4% above the national average Associate Product Manager Google salary of $93,373.

How do I get selected for Google APM? ›

As mentioned above, Google only recruits a small group of APMs each year, so to get an interview you'll need your resume and cover letter to really stand out.
2.1 Interview process
  1. Resume / cover letter application.
  2. Phone screen (1 interview)
  3. Onsite interviews (3-5 interviews)
  4. Final interview with an executive.
Apr 21, 2020

How much is Google signing bonus? ›

Google Offer Compensation Components
Year 1Year 4
Signing Bonus$75,000
Google RSUs$231,000$84,000
Performance Bonus20%20%
Stock RefreshersNot specifiedNot specified
2 more rows
Sep 7, 2022

How much does a Level 4 make at Google? ›

Level 4 - Software Engineer III

Level 4 software engineers at Google usually have a minimum of 2 to 4 years of experience and earn an average base salary of $1,58,399 yearly.


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