What is Using APM/PMI Competence Frameworks about?
Competency can be defined as an expected outcome or performance standard expected of an individual’s efforts and the manner in which such activities are carried out. But how can both individuals and organisations measure project management competency? What standards can serve as a benchmark? Which tools are available to assist in this endeavour and how are they applied?
This course examines two key frameworks available in the project management profession today:
Association for Project Management (APM) Competence Framework
The APM Competence Framework tool provides a robust, holistic and clear set of standards and a comprehensive assessment method for measuring personnel against the APM’s 47 individual competencies needed for effective project management. These are divided into three domains: technical (30); behavioural (9); and contextual (8). Assessment against the full set of competencies and consideration of project complexity enables identification of strength and of areas requiring further development. It also allows individuals to align their scoring with the range of qualifications, certifications and job profiles(Levels D to A).
PMI Project Manager Competency Development Framework (PMCD)
The PMCD has been developed to provide both individuals and organisations with guidance on how to assess, plan, and manage the professional development of a project manager. Based upon the principles and processes of the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge, it describes the generic competencies needed in most projects, most organisations and most industries. The PMCD provides the baseline to assess Performance Competencies (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing) and Personal Competencies (communicating, leading, managing, cognitive ability, effectiveness, and professionalism) intended to represent the project manager who would generally be accepted as competent.
What are the benefits?
There are significant benefits to be gained from measuring employee competence in the field of project management to define the current levels of knowledge and experience, identify areas of strength and weakness and where necessary, to identify potential training needs.