Which Professional Body is Right for You
If you work in the finance sector, I.T., government or public sectors, PeopleCert have licensed the PRINCE2 qualifications that are likely to be the most prevalent professional standard to follow. There is a progression route from the Prince2 Foundation qualification through to PRINCE2 Practitioner, although most delegates take these as consecutive programs.
In all other sectors the professional body tends to be either The Association for Project Management (APM) or The Project Management Institute (PMI).
The International Project Management Association (IPMA) is effectively an ‘association of associations’ and ensure common standards are maintained for project management globally and the implemented via the national association - in the case of the UK, this is the APM.
The IPMA tends to be the dominant professional body in Europe. In the UK this provides a progression route from the Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ), The Project Management Qualification (PMQ), The Project Practitioner Qualification (PPQ) and ultimately Chartered Project Professional (ChPP). The APM is also focused on providing their offerings globally through an internationalisation team.
However, outside of Europe the Project Management Institute (PMI) is more popular. The PMI provides a progression route from Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) through to the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.
Both the APM (IPMA) and PMI examinations follow a syllabus drawn from the different Body of Knowledge (BoK) documents produced by each organisation. These are quite similar, although the APM is slightly more ‘tools and techniques’ focused than the PMI’s more process-based approach. Prince 2 is more highly defined in terms of processes and documentation – more suited to the sectors listed for it above.
Whether you opt to develop your project management career through the APM, PMI or PeopleCert’s PRINCE2 qualifications, 20/20 can support you or your team through each level, either in the classroom, on-line or through blended programs. We can also provide specific advice on the professional body most appropriate to your sector and geography to ensure that you or your team invest in the most appropriate qualifications.
For a more detailed discussion on which route might suit you best, please call our Business Development Team who will be happy to provide advice or guidance.