Chartered Status for the APM gets much closer

chartership In January 2007, the APM Board embarked on a programme for the association to achieve Chartered Status in order to raise professional standards in project management.

The Privy Council considered the application this month and has now issued an Order of Grant. This has started the process which will see the APM awarded Chartered status. It is expected that this will happen sometime in 2017.

What is a Royal Charter?

A Royal Charter, conveying Chartered status upon a body or organisation, is a seal of approval from the Privy Council. It means that the body adheres to a series of criteria. Each application is dealt with on its merits, but the main criteria are:

(a) the institution concerned should comprise members of a unique profession, and should have as members most of the eligible field for membership, without significant overlap with other bodies.
(b) corporate members of the institution should be qualified to at least first degree level in a relevant discipline;
(c) the institution should be financially sound and able to demonstrate a track record of achievement over a number of years;
(d) incorporation by Charter is a form of Government regulation as future amendments to the Charter and by-laws of the body require Privy Council (i.e Government) approval. There therefore needs to be a convincing case that it would be in the public interest to regulate the body in this way;
(e) the institution is normally expected to be of substantial size (5,000 members or more).

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At least 75% of the corporate members should be qualified to first degree level standard. In the case of charities and professional bodies, incorporation by Charter should be in the public interest.

This last consideration is important, since once incorporated by Royal Charter a body surrenders significant aspects of the control of its internal affairs to the Privy Council. Amendments to Charters can be made only with the agreement of The Queen in Council, and amendments to the body’s by-laws require the approval of the Council (though not normally of Her Majesty). This effectively means a significant degree of Government regulation of the affairs of the body, and the Privy Council will therefore wish to be satisfied that such regulation accords with public policy.

Becoming a Chartered Project Manager – what will it mean to you?

A chartered professional is a person who has gained a certain level of skill or competence in a particular field of work, which has been recognised by the award of a formal credential by a relevant professional organisation.

Chartered status is the ultimate symbol of professionalism. If you care about how you and your profession are perceived, it’s a natural aspiration.

It is expected that those completing the APM Registered Project Professional Designation will attain Chartered status. This qualification takes commitment and it is challenging but those individuals striving to this level will be highly rewarded by the way others respond to you:

. Differentiation – you will join an elite group of project professionals at the forefront of the profession

. Specialised Knowledge – You will deepen and broaden your experience through study for APM professional level qualifications

. Acknowledged professionalism – Chartered provides parity with other professionals, reinforcing your credentials and opening up potential new income streams

. Public perception – The title is the trusted mark of professionalism and enjoys consumer confidence.

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