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Is the PMP® Brand under Threat?

13 May 2014
Is the PMP® Brand under Threat?

In 2007, APM set out to achieve Chartered status for the project management profession. With support from 50 organisations across the public and private sectors the case for raising professional standards in project management is overwhelming.

Project and programme management are vital contributors to the UK’s economy. The National Audit Office reports that expenditure on the 43 most complex projects in government is worth over £200 billion alone.

APM’s priorities are:

  • To achieve Chartered status for the profession in as short a timescale as possible;
  • To launch a new project professional standard
  • To sustain the momentum for increasing professionalism in project management in the belief that all stakeholders benefit from a Royal Charter for the sector.

APM’s identification of benefits of chartered status:

  • It offers assurance to users of project management services through the association’s regulating authority;
  • It acknowledges project professionals as experts in their field, offering a clear differentiator between professionals and others.
  • It provides a framework for improving project performance.
  • It will raise the profile and value of project management.

Current Status

In February 2013, Association for Project Management (“APM”) was informed that, in his role as the Lead Privy Council Adviser in this matter, the Minister for the Cabinet Office had decided to recommend that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM.

APM’s application was then considered by a committee of the Privy Council that included the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Secretary of State for Defence.  In July 2013, APM was informed that this committee had unanimously reached its recommendation that a Royal Charter should be granted to APM, and that this recommendation would be placed on the list of businesses for the meeting of the Privy Council to be held in October 2013.

This decision was subsequently challenged by Project Management Institute (“PMI”) who sought permission for Judicial Review, naming the Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Privy Council Office and the Attorney General as Defendants, and APM as an interested party.

A substantive hearing of the Judicial Review claim has now been scheduled for 8th and 9th July 2014 at the High Court in London.  In the event that the claim is finally rejected by the court, this would allow APM’s application for chartered status to progress to a formal meeting of the Privy Council. 

If this decision remains the same, it will be interesting to observe what the impact will be on the PMP® credential and its brand image.