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AIPM announces Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

 

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8 November 2017 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced new diversity and inclusion initiatives.  AIPM is reinforcing its commitment to diversity and inclusion as a key cog of the Institute’s codes and culture by immediately committing to a number of key initiatives in the space.

The Institute has previously flagged its commitment to Diversity and Inclusion with its Diversity Statement, but it was recognised that both AIPM’s membership and its leadership demographics are currently not sufficiently representative of the multicultural community that makes up Australia and the more broadly Asia Pacific region. As a result, the AIPM has embarked on a journey in conjunction with key stakeholders to create a Diversity and Inclusion plan to deliver to our wider membership base.

During their presentation at the 2017 AIPM National Conference in Melbourne, Chair of the Board, AIPM, Mr Leh Simonelli FAIPM CPPD together with fellow Director Nicole Nader MAIPM CPPD, announced a number of key initiatives including aspirational targets of 30% female representation in our membership base as well as in leadership and office bearer roles along with a 15% representation of under 35’s in our membership by 2020.

Please click here to visit the AIPM website to read details of the initiatives in full.

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors.  AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism.  AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More about AIPM can be found at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

 

 

Project management profession needs to lead on climate change

 

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New report by UCL Professor Peter Morris in UK outlines plan of action

5 November 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the publication of a major new report authored by UCL Emeritus Professor Peter Morris and APM Vice-President titled Climate Change and what the project management profession should be doing about it – a UK perspective.  In the report, Professor Morris argues that project management has a significant role to play in reducing the causes and consequences of climate change.

Professor Morris reviews where society stands regarding the potential implication of climate change and what project management as a profession should be doing about it. The report reviews the dimensions of the challenge and looks at how the profession could better achieve the targets agreed at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015.

Professor Morris proposes:

  • Establishing a Project Management Office (PMO) at the UN level to define the expectations and methods to be used in working during the very early stages of projects; defining the major task elements, interdependencies, durations, risks, benefits, and organisational roles, processes and structures
  • Creating a single point of accountability (SPA) where possible
  • Project managers mitigating or adapting to climate change from business-as-usual projects to huge R&D projects
  • Applying relevant project management techniques and developing the required capabilities to develop people in owner and sponsor roles

In addition to his personal view, Professor Morris gathered responses from thought leaders in project management including: Sir John Armitt, Professor Andrew Davies, John McGlynn (APM Chairman) and Mark Thurston.

Professor Morris said: “Behaviours play a big role but unfortunately the behaviour changes required to achieve the UN targets are so major that one must doubt whether the goals are realistically attainable. Managing the institutional contexts within which projects and programs have to operate often requires a new type and level of skill. In effect, I am advocating a model of project management that involves a more probing, creative, front-end oriented approach.”

Sara Drake APM CEO said:”What is unique about this paper is that while much has been written about sustainability, this paper brings together all aspects of project management and how the profession can play an important role in shaping our future. We should engage with existing smaller groups to leverage all our knowledge and strength to help reduce the rate of carbon emissions and temperature rises. As the Chartered Body for the project profession, APM will reflect on the report’s recommendations and how the profession needs to address these challenges.”

Professor Andrew Edkins, Professor in the Management of Projects, University of London said:” Peter Morris is Emeritus Professor of the Management of Projects at UCL. After a long and successful career as both practitioner and renowned academic, his swan-song is a paper that is written in a personal yet professional style that seeks to both engage and provoke the reader. Its topic is climate change and the role that the discipline of project management can offer.

“To achieve the paper’s objective, it provides an overview of climate change and why it’s important, then looks at the nature and types of project that have been proposed or initiated to both tackle climate change and adapt to its consequences.

“The key contribution of the paper is not to offer a solution or even a pathway to any solution. It is rather to instigate a discussion, by those who consider themselves within the discipline of project management and between this discipline and those for whom dealing with climate change is a major and increasingly important issue.”

The report is available to download here.

For further information or to arrange an interview please call Cat Finlayson on 0773 607 1158 or email [email protected]

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

PM Zimbabwe to join the rest of the world on IPM Day 2017

 

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INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT DAY 2017 events in Zimbabwe on 2-3 November

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

26 October 2017 – Harare, Zimbabwe – Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) has announced that Zimbabwe will join the rest of the world this year on 02 November 2017 in the recognition and marking of the INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT DAY (IPM DAY 2017). The country’s Largest Association of Project Managers PROJECT MANAGEMENT ZIMBABWE (PMZ) is organizing 2(two) major events in Harare and Bulawayo which will see Project Managers and Project Management Practitioner gathering to recognize IPM Day 2017 under the THEME: People, Passion and Purpose in a digital Age.

Bulawayo will this year host the main IPM Day 2017 event with a Business Breakfast meeting at Holiday Inn on 2 November 2017 where His Worship the Mayor of the City of Bulawayo Councilor M. K. Moyo will be the Guest of Honor.

Harare will follow suit on 3 November 2017 with another Breakfast meeting to close the IPM Day 2017 fanfare. International Project Management Practitioners from around the world, mainly South Africa, Kenya and USA are lined up to deliver high level papers at the two Zimbabwe IPM Day breakfast meetings. The centre of discussion at the 2 November 2017 Bulawayo meeting will be an analysis of how project management can be used to revive commerce and industry for the City of Kings.

To register or for more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.pmiz.org.zw

What is IPM Day All About?

International Project Management Day is celebrated every year since 2004 on the first Thursday in the month of November. This year, the Project Management Day will be observed on November 2. The International Project Management Day or IPM Day is designed to encourage project based organizations worldwide or companies who utilize project management methodologies to program some type of recognition event within their organizations or organized locally with others to demonstrate the appreciation for the achievements of project managers and their teams. Project Managers build new roads, bridges, assemble gadgets, write and run software programs etc. but they are seldom celebrated. Virtually all products that we use daily from a mere tooth brush, cellphones to aeroplanes that fly us etc are all outputs from some projects which were diligently managed by some project managers.

The International Project Management Day was created in 2004 by the team at International Institute of Learning (USA) as the day to honor project managers who work tirelessly to finish the projects efficiently on time. Project Managers are the backbone of the every project in the organization, and they always make sure that everything in the industry is moving smoothly, and work in every industry and sector, from the government to volunteer. International Project Management Day is an Worldwide appreciation of the many project managers and project teams in every organization including non-profit organisations.

Who is PMZ?

Established in 2009, Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) is Zimbabwe’ largest Association of Project Managers and Project Management practitioners. PMZ is a membership based organisation operating as a non-profit adult vocational education and training Trust. There are over 2500 members to date on the PMZ database. Besides providing various project management mentorship programmes for its members, PMZ is also licenced locally by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology to train and examine the Certificate and Diploma courses in Project Management (CPM/DPM) including the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management (PGDPM).  PMZ is also able to mentor its members in the world’s top 2 project management certification programmes, i.e. the PRINCE2 and the PMP credentials.

Through their Harare based National Secretariat Office and the Bulawayo Regional office, PMZ has a mandate of registering membership, setting up, monitoring and evaluation of standards in project management training and certification nationally. From 2009 up to 2013 PMZ was known as Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe before rebranding to PMZ in line with identities of similar institutions world-wide and the recommendations of the parent Project Management Institute based in USA. Considered to be best practice organisation in project management standards, the Project Management Institute (PMI)   is the world’s largest Association of Project Managers.

In Zimbabwe and, as in most Sub-Saharan African countries the level of project management training and certification is nascent, albeit ominously low, given that these countries undertake massive infrastructural development projects. Hence projects fail due to incompetency in project management and the lack of appropriate project governance thereof, giving rise to opportunistic corruption. For information, visit www.pmiz.org.zw or email: [email protected]

Source:  Project Management Zimbabwe      

 

 

Organizational Agility Increases Project Success Rates

 

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Two new PMI 2017 Pulse of the Profession in-Depth Reports released

18 September 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) today unveiled its Pulse of the Profession in-depth reports: Achieving Greater Agility and The Drivers of Agility. The latest research demonstrates that an organization’s agility level helps determine the success rate of its projects in today’s complex and disruptive global marketplace. While all project management approaches help support successful outcomes, the study found that organizations with higher agility reported more projects successfully meeting original goals and business intent – whether they use hybrid (72 percent), predictive (71 percent) and agile (68 percent) approaches – than those with low agility using the same methods.

PMI’s Pulse of the Profession in-depth reports also revealed that:

  • People and Processes are Key: Organizations with higher levels of agility place a significant focus on building diverse skill sets and process capabilities.
  • Revenue Growth is Greater: 75 percent of organizations with high agility report a minimum of 5 percent year-over-year revenue growth last year, compared to only 29 percent of organizations with low agility.
  • The Project Management Office (PMO) could be a Beacon: Organizations with high agility recognize the value of having some form of project governing body, as 94 percent report having a PMO, an agile work group, or another type of formal governance board – versus 81 percent of organizations with low agility.

“Each day, organizations face heightened competition and ongoing disruptions from new technology, market shifts and social change,” said PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley. “Given these challenges, it did not surprise us to find that a large majority of organizations indicated greater agility over the last five years. In today’s market, successful organizations must be able to react and adapt to unexpected roadblocks and market changes. Organizations with high agility can switch priorities quickly without losing momentum.”

Based on its two most recent in-depth reports, PMI recommends organizations recognize:

  • Agility is a Balance – Not a Battle of Choices: Seek a balance of speed and flexibility, stability and scale.
  • Adaptability is Key: Include all approaches to project delivery in your organization’s project management toolkit.
  • Drivers of Agility include People and Processes: Encourage open thinking and commit to talent development to accelerate results. Build effective processes to achieve high performance.
  • Agility Levels can determine the Success of an Organization: To achieve maximum business value, react with flexibility, respond to change, and engage employees and customers.

Earlier this month, PMI launched the first-ever bundle of its Agile Practice Guide and PMBOK® Guide â€“ Sixth Edition to reinforce its position that industry professionals should consider the full range of project management approaches in determining which method will deliver the best project outcomes. PMI has provided practitioners with critical information spanning many approaches to ensure industry professionals can select the method that is best suited to an individual project.

“As organizations strive to be more nimble and respond faster, they recognize there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to delivering successful projects,” Langley said. “Having a diverse toolkit for project managers enables them to contribute to the overall agility of an organization.”

The 2017 Pulse of the Profession in-depth reports features feedback and insights from 1,469 project management practitioners and leaders that use predictive and agile project management approaches in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States.

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than three million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the project management profession through globally-recognized standards, certifications, communities, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, ProjectManagement.com creates online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives. Visit PMI at www.PMI.orgwww.projectmanagement.com, www.facebook.com/PMInstitute and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

Project Management Journal (PMJ) Updates Announced

 

PM PROFESSION & PUBLISHING NEWS

15 August 2017 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced that during the past year PMI has implemented two significant changes that directly affected the Project Management Journalâ (PMJ). In April 2016, the Institute began to self-publish PMJ. Then in July, PMI moved its website, http://www.pmi.org/; to a new platform. These changes temporarily hampered the effectiveness of the academic search functionality and access to PMJ content. Everyone’s patience as they addressed the situation—and as they continued to make improvements — was greatly appreciated.

Individual contributions to advance the project management profession are invaluable and PMJ continues to have a strong following. Thomson Reuters’ recently published 2016 Journal Citation Report showed an increase in PMJ’s Impact Factors from 1.765 to 2.714. This notable improvement reflects the collective efforts of our authors and editors with whom PMI Academic Resources and PMI Publications are honored to collaborate.

PMI has also announced that all visitors to http://www.pmi.org/ now have access to both current and archive editions of the Journal, whether or not they have an account. On the PMJ homepage, visitors may access current articles in HTML format or download each issue as a single PDF. They will also find an “Access back issues” link at the bottom of the page. In addition, “Early View” articles are now being posted as downloadable PDFs on the PMJ Early View page.

PMI is also announcing an important content change in the Journal. The PMJ is now accepting teaching cases for publication consideration. With the rise of experiential learning, case studies have gained traction as a fundamental teaching tool in every subject area, and they have proven to be the most requested instructional resource by project management faculty internationally. PMJ is responding to the needs of instructors by launching a new section that provides full-length cases and instructor’s manuals for classroom or consulting use. See the Call for Submissions for more details.

Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit http://www.pmi.org/.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

APM Announces Charter Consultation

 

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Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

3 August 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced the launch of charter consultation to develop the “standard” required of all chartered bodies in the United Kingdom.

In October 2016, the Privy Council, the body that advises HM The Queen on variety of constitutional matters, announced that the Association for Project Management (APM) would receive a Royal Charter. The Charter became effective in April 2017 when APM joined the unique group of professional bodies, learned societies and world-class institutions that represent the values of trust, respect and reliability by becoming the Chartered body for the project profession.

Becoming a Chartered body is not simply a matter of receiving a formal Charter (see picture). APM is required to develop a Standard that governs conditions of entry. It is not sufficient to use existing entry requirements as Chartered bodies are required to comply with a number of conditions set by the Privy Council.

Work on the Standard could only begin once the formal award had been made so APM have been hard at work since April developing the standards and values that will become the benchmark for professional project management through a Register of Chartered Project Professionals.

The proposed Chartered standard presents what APM considers the public and industry will need and expect in the future from project professionals.

This reflects the technical knowledge and professional experience that project professionals must demonstrate along with a commitment to continued professional development and ethical behaviour to achieve the internationally recognised standard of a chartered professional.

APM is now consulting on its proposed Chartered standard and is seeking informed feedback from interested parties, employers and stakeholders. Note that you do not need to be a member of APM to comment.

The consultation document is available from APM at:

https://www.apm.org.uk/media/6340/chartered_consultation_2017_final.pdf

You can access the consultation from the website or use the YouGov link:.

https://start.yougov.com/refer/vSG8D8hgWgpBQY

For any technical queries, or if you have a need to respond by email or letter, please contact: [email protected]

Consultation deadline

Responses must be received by 22 September 2017.

Response to the consultation 

Please note APM does not intend to respond individually to responses received. We will publish a summary of consultation responses. Unattributed excerpts from some responses may be used as examples.

APM’s overall timeline for the Charter process is illustrated below.

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

 

 

The Growing Significance of Continuing Professional Development

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

Road to Chartered: APM announces 4th Thought Leadership paper

13 July 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has launched its fourth thought leadership paper as part of its Road to Chartered series.

Focusing on continuing professional development (CPD), the paper provides insight into how your professional body will develop, what this means for you and how you can be involved in this evolution.

Written by Professor Andrew Friedman of the Professional Associations Research Network (PARN), this paper sets the context for APM and the profession’s future journey, concluding with initial thoughts of how APM as a Chartered body needs to adapt and support members – both corporate and individual – in their journey to professionalism using CPD. As the foreword by Dr Paul Chapman states:

Professional bodies have a crucial role to play in enabling and supporting CPD. This relates to the vital role that professional bodies play in underpinning and justifying public confidence and ensuring when the public deals with a professional that they can trust and have confidence in the skills of the professional, and that their organisation/firm is at the cutting edge of their profession in terms of the latest knowledge. Commitment to CPD is not only the best way to maintain professional standards but also to signal a commitment to them too. 

“In ensuring professional standards, the role of a professional body is vital for a number of different reasons, and first and foremost is in supporting the individual professional’s own self–development. It is also important as a component for organisations and firms ensuring their people are aware of developments both relevant to their specific work but also wider training needs and ensuring their organisation or firm is investing in the skills of its people.

“APM, like other professional bodies, is keen to benchmark the journey we need to take to ensure our CPD content and systems are fit for purpose for our future plans as the Chartered body for the project profession. This paper on best practice and developments in other professional bodies is therefore of great help to us, as I am sure it is for others”.

In April 2017 APM became a Chartered body. As part of becoming the Chartered body for the project profession, APM is publishing a series of thought-leadership papers over the next 12 months until April 2018. To access this and previous papers in this series, visit the Road to Chartered resource page

Founded in 1972 and a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members, the APM received a Royal Charter in April 2017. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is also the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

Team Serbia wins IPMA Young Crew 2017 PM Championship

 

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Young Crew teams from Spain and Italy also recognized

Reported by Gundars Strazdins, Marketing & PR Manager for IPMA Young Crew Project Management Championships 2017

16 June 2017 – Brijuni, Croatia – In the 2016/2017 academic year 209 teams, 750 students from 7 countries – Spain, Finland, Serbia, Lithuania, Germany, Croatia, and Italy – competed in the Project Management Championship. The International Final of Project Management Championship final took place in Brijuni, Croatia on June 10, 2017, and gathered the best student teams from all participating countries. The assessment tool was a project simulation KINSHASA provided by OMEC, and teams needed to plan and execute a project in Africa in challenging and changing conditions.

The winners – Team Serbia (Anja Spasojević, Miloš Milosavljević, Velizar Stefanović and Nemanja Jevtić)

Piotr Bogobowicz, Member of the Board, OMEC, shares his insights: “The simulation game KINSHASA, performed during the International Final of the PMC, is usually organized to be executed within two days. Yet, the requirements of the Final made it even challenging as the full game should have been done in just six hours. Needless to say – this is a huge task for young project managers to do it. I noticed that the main issues for the young project managers this year are the level of detail in communication with the sponsor, difficulties to have a general overall view of the project and transfer of project priorities to teamwork priorities. However, the team spirit and the attention and the quality of the reporting were a huge advantage to all of the teams. The simulation providers and assessors were astonished to see the results teams delivered.”

For the first time since the International Finals have been organized, it was decided to award the 2nd and the 3rd place as well.

The 2nd Place was awarded to the Team Spain (Raico Álvarez Feijoo, Ivan Adrio Muñiz, Patricia Fernández Fernández, Joaquín Abadín Mayo).

The 3rd Place was awarded to the Team Italy (Veronica Bertolotti, Barbara Bianchi, Marta Bindi).

The Project Management Championship is organized by International Project Management Association (IPMA) Young Crew. The PMC is kindly supported by STS – the project management training company. Main sponsor – OMEC. Supporting Sponsor – Opera Opus.

IPMA Young Crew is a key component of IPMA’s growth and development of leaders of tomorrow. Young Crew is an active network of young professional project managers and students aged 25 to 35 who believe in community and the building of a worldwide young professional project management family. With over 20 member countries, IPMA Young Crew provides experiential learning through interaction and information exchange among young project managers. For more information visit http://www.ipma.ch/young-crew/

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) is the oldest global project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of 60+ national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. For further information navigate to http://www.ipma.world/

 

 

AIPM announces changes to RegPM Certification

 

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9 June 2017 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced process improvements to their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program intended to streamline the recertification process for RegPMs. As a result of feedback received during their annual Member Satisfaction Survey, they looked for ways to make it easier for certified project professionals to log and maintain their CPD points.

As of 1 July 2017 certified members will be self-managing their own CPDs through a personal CPD log. Random audits will take place to ensure the profession continues to enjoy the reputation from which all Members benefit. RegPMs will still be required to attain 70 CPD points over the course of three years to maintain their certification.

Attendance at any AIPM events (such as Chapter Events, PM Webinars or the National Conference) will still have the allocated CDP points automatically credited to your MyAIPM profile on the AIPM website.

Benefits of AIPM Certification include:

For more information on becoming a certified project manager today, please visit the certification page on the AIPM website, or contact the AIPM Certification team at mailto:[email protected]or on (02) 8288 8700.

Since 1976 AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia. AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors. AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism. AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More about AIPM can be found at http://www.aipm.com.au/.

Source: AIPM

 

 

APM’s Project journal wins top prize in UK’s 2017 Association Excellence Awards

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

5 April 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that APM’s Project journal was awarded top prize at this year’s Association Excellence Awards 2017. Project, which relaunched as a quarterly journal in 2015, was named ‘Best Association Magazine or Newsletter – Over 18,500 circulation’ at the ceremony at London’s Hurlingham Club on Friday 1 April.

Reflecting on the success, James Simons, APM publishing manager, (centre left) said: “We’re delighted with the award; it’s a real team effort and everyone involved with Project is rightly proud of the achievement.”

Scott Walkinshaw (centre right), APM head of marketing and communications, added: “We were able to tell a really positive story about how we used customer data and feedback to change Project from being a monthly magazine to an in-depth quarterly journal. We showed how the printed journal still plays an important role in both our membership packages and member communications.”

Project saw off tough competition from some of the UK’s most respected professional bodies to scoop the award. Finalists in the category included the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant’s publication Accounting and Business and The Royal Town Planning Institute’s magazine The Planner. All entries were assessed by a panel of judges made up of chief executives from leading member associations.

Comments from the judges reflected the hard work and commitment to identify the key needs of Project Journal readers:

“The judges felt that Project was an excellent advancement of APM’s aims as an association.  It met a clear business need to regain readers and advertisers and very successfully addressed this – improving member engagement, increasing readership, reducing costs, gaining excellent member feedback and improving the quality of content and information provided.  A fantastic entry!”

Project journal was relaunched in March 2015, following a redesign with Think Publishing, as well as a new editorial approach. Since the relaunch, Project’s annual readership survey has seen the highest rating for editorial since the survey began 10 years ago. Nearly 80 percent of respondents said they read all or most issues – over 30 percent  higher than the result two years earlier. In addition the new design and format has been very well received with 88 per cent of readers rating the overall quality as very good or excellent.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

AIPM launches new PM Webinar series in Australia

 

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11 January 2017 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced the launch of on online professional development program “PM Webinars” beginning in February 2017.

According to the AIPM notice, busy project professionals can now learn without leaving their desk, with webinars covering a wide range of topical project management themes accessible from wherever you might be in Australia. So no matter where you are located or what time of day it is, you will have an opportunity to link to others in the project management industry via AIPM’s PM Webinar series.

Series 1 – The Art of Less DOING

In AIPM’s first webinar series you will be taken on a journey to discover how systems thinking and Theory of Constraints in particular, can help all Project Manager’s apply their innate thinking capacity to identify and resolve why projects fail. We will explore the points of leverage that allow PM’s to deliver ‘more with less’ through the application of critical chain project management environments.

170111-pmwj54-aipm-IMAGE1Webinar 1 – Why Many Projects Fail: We all know that there is much greater leverage gained when addressing a problem’s root cause rather than merely, its symptoms.  Consequently Webinar 1 will start with a summary of the more traditional explanations of why projects fail but will delve deeper in order to identify the root cause/s that really matter. 14 February 2017, 12 noon to 1:00 pm AEDT Register Here

Webinar 2 – How CCPM Addresses the Causes of Project Failure: Based on the outcomes of Webinar 1, we will explore how the critical chain project management and buffer management methodologies neutralize these causes in a way which statistically results in a significant improvement in project success rates. 14 March 2017 12 noon to 1:00 pm AEDT Register Here

Webinar 3 – Buffer Management: The use of buffer management to act as a ‘shock absorber’ for variations in task completion durations is only one of its roles in improving the success rates of projects.  In Webinar 3, additional benefits of using buffer management to measure project progress will be explored and compared to the more traditional earned value management approach. 6 April 2017 12 noon to 1:00 pm AEDT Register Here

Webinar 4 – Applying CCPM and BM: The final webinar in this series will explore the implementation, risks and opportunities of CCPM and BM in both single and multi-project environments including what are the prerequisites for success. 11 May 2017 12 noon to 1:00 pm AEDT Register Here

Presenter: Gordon Dunbar, Senior Consultant, Author and Lecturer at ECU

170111-pmwj54-aipm-IMAGE2Gordon Dunbar is a senior consultant, author and lecturer with key experience in the design and implementation of continuous improvement and program/project management practices.  Gordon has extensive knowledge and experience in the inter/national resource sector including coal, copper, nickel, gold and iron ore and including downstream and central projects control in oil and gas.  He is a lecturer in the Masters in Project Management at ECU, Perth.

Gordon is recognised for developing and implementing best practice in process and project management methodologies across both technical and commercial disciplines.  He systematically applies the principles of the Theory of Constraints and sequence of what to change, what to change to and how to effect the change to deliver sustainable and enduring outcomes.

170111-pmwj54-aipm-IMAGE3Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years. AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors. AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism. AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More about AIPM is at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM

 

 

APM receives Royal Charter in UK

 

PM PROFESSION NEWS

7 January 2017 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that it has received its Royal Charter following notification from the Privy Council Office in October that Her Majesty The Queen had approved its application. 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.

170107-pmwj54-apm-ROYAL CHARTERThe receipt of a Royal Charter marks a significant achievement in the evolution of project management and those who make, and seek to make, a career in this field. The Charter provides recognition for the profession, reward for the association that has championed its cause and opportunity for those who practice its disciplines.

APM President David Waboso, Chairman John McGlynn and CEO Sara Drake were on hand to receive the Sealed Charter in December. The Chartered award is great recognition for a relatively new profession which now makes such a significant contribution to social and economic wellbeing.

APM President, David Waboso congratulated all those who have supported this aspiration for over a decade: “This is a significant moment in the history of the project management profession as a whole and of APM in particular.” said David “We are privileged to share this success with those who laid the foundations for the association and the discipline we now know as project management. To reach this point in a single generation is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the tenacity, resourcefulness and professionalism of all concerned.”

The Charter was printed on vellum following a 700 year-old tradition. On the agreement of the Privy Council, Her Majesty signed a warrant authorising the Crown Office to apply the Great Seal of the Realm. That sealing confirmed the creation of a new Chartered body dedicated to project management. “We know that project management is the most effective means of delivering successful change and we know that change, when delivered well, improves our economy and society.” said APM Chairman John McGlynn “Our skills are needed more than ever and the Royal Charter provides the profession with a platform to raise awareness of our skills, improve standards and develop our practice for the benefit of all.”

Continuing a process which started at the November Annual General Meeting, APM now takes forward the steps to enable the transfer the assets and members from the current charity to the new body. The new APM will remain a charity, keep its current name and become operational on 1st April 2017. APM is also preparing for the next important phase of creating a register of Chartered Project Professionals. The criteria for this will be the subject of consultation during the course of 2017.

“The development of the register of Chartered Project Professionals is a central pillar in our drive to raise standards of project, programme and portfolio delivery,” said APM CEO Sara Drake. “Our intention is to provide a register which offers (to clients, employers and the public) confidence of quality across the rich diversity of skills involved in project management in the quantity needed by the profession and by society across all walks of life.”

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

AACE Launches Certelligence

 

7 December 2016 – Morgantown, WV, USA – AACE International’s Certification Board has announced that the AACE certification module is now open and ready to receive certification and recertification applications.

161207-pmwj53-aace-logoAccording to the AACE news release, for the past 13 months AACE staff has worked with software leader ACGI to configure their cloud-based Credentialing Management System – known as Certelligence – to automate and streamline AACE’s most critical certification business functions. Unlike the old system, Certelligence has specifically configured each application based on minimum eligibility requirements. Everything provided from employment date ranges to letter of recommendations has meaning and will determine if the application can be submitted for review. Although the system is robust and sophisticated, it is easy to use.

The new system also features a centralized profile menu to enhance the user’s experience by:

  • Making an initial application that allows eligibility verification documentation uploads.
  • Providing recertification activity (for three years), that is ultimately used as the application to recertify.
  • Providing a certification overview to keep abreast of when a certification was first given or when it will expire.
  • Accessing the directory of all certificants.

As with all new systems, it will take some time to learn how to do something or where to find something. Therefore, they have created a library of tutorials to show how to make an application and how to respond to requests. They have also created several handbooks as a guide to understand the new system’s terms and phrases, writing a technical paper and recertification program options. Visit the Certelligence website to learn more.

If you have any questions, experience any technical difficulties, or need more information, contact Headquarters Certification Staff at [email protected] or +1-304-296-8444, ext. 1110.

Founded in 1956, AACE International is a professional society for cost estimators, cost engineers, schedulers, project managers, and project control specialists. AACE International is industry independent, and has members in 78 countries and 71 local sections. AACE offers a monthly journal, online bookstore, education, library, certification, annual conference, professional development opportunities, employment information, executive search services, member discounts and other benefits. For more information, visit http://www.aacei.org/.

Source: AACE International

 

 

APM announces 2016 Award Winners

 

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Results announced at APM awards banquet in London on 7 November

8 November 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced 2016 award winners who were recognized at the 2016 APM Awards Ceremony and banquet at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Monday, 7 November. The APM Project Management Awards recognise what people can achieve through project management and have been celebrating excellence in the profession for over 20 years.

The Awards dinner is known for being the most glamorous APM event of the year and has become the most prestigious night in the professional calendar. Recognising the very best in the profession, winners of the industry’s highly-coveted trophy have demonstrated the invaluable contribution project management and project professionals make in all sectors of society. The finalists and winners attract national publicity and a deserved career boost as a result, both at business and at individual levels.

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Winners of 2016 APM awards included the following:

Project Management Company of the Year 2016: Royal Mail

IT Project of the Year 2016 sponsored by T-Systems: Lloyds Banking Group – Group Conduct Risk Appetite Metrics (CRAMs)

Project of the Year 2016 sponsored by QinetiQ: Metropolitan Police Service – Digital Interviewing Project

Programme of the Year 2016 sponsored by Program Framework: Heathrow Airport Ltd – Terminal 3 Integrated Baggage

Project Professional of the Year 2016 sponsored by ATOS: Spencer Hobbs – Network Rail

Young Project Professional of the Year 2016: Joshua Macey – MOD, Defence Equipment & Support Organisation

The Mike Nichols Award for Inspiration sponsored by The Nichols Group: Good To Great Transformation, Nottingham City Council

Social Project of the Year 2016 sponsored by Project Journal: Specialist Support Project – Nationwide Building Society

Overseas Project of the Year 2016 sponsored by Ramboll: Quest – Shell

Sir Monty Finniston Award: Peder Berg

Geoffrey Trimble Award 2016 sponsored by BAE Systems: James McCaffery

Herbert Walton Award 2016 sponsored by BAE Systems: Amgad Badewi – Kent Business School

Brian Willis Award 2016 sponsored by BAE Systems: Andrew Snook – Foreign & Commonwealth Office

To read the APM announcement, click here.

To see list of winners, go to https://www.apm.org.uk/Winners

To learn more about the APM Awards program, go to https://www.apm.org.uk/Awards.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members. The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA). More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

AACE International launches new website

 

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3 November 2016 – Morgantown, WV, USA – AACE International has announced a newly designed AACE International website. Their new, dynamic, and responsive website will work effectively on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. They have also made the new website faster, more user-friendly, and easier to navigate.

161103-pmwj52-aace-logoof the most noticeable changes in the new website is the navigation, which is separated into five main categories: Membership, Certification, Professional and Technical Resources, Meetings & Events, and About AACE.

The Membership area includes information for potential members on AACE membership options and member benefits.  Members will find information on awards, Sections, and volunteer opportunities. Certifications will guide you through information on all 8 of AACE’s certifications and how to recertify. Professional and Technical Resources includes all of AACE’s technical and educational resources, including access to the technical products and virtual communities. Meetings and Events provides information on the Annual Meeting, other events and information for sponsors and exhibitors. About AACE is where you will find detailed information about the Association including volunteer leaders and staff, and our governing documents.

If you previously bookmarked AACE’s website, you will need to update your bookmarks as the URL has changed for nearly all of the pages. Logging in for the first time will require you to select “forgot password,” which will prompt the system to email your username and password. Once you receive the login credentials, you will be taken to your profile to ensure we have the most up to date information. If you do not have an AACE profile you will be directed to create one.

If you have previously purchased items, you can easily access those products after you login.  First go to “My Products”, then select “your name” in the top right-hand corner. This is AACE’s brand new platform (PATH) where their products and training modules are now hosted. For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email AACE Headquarters.

Founded in 1956, AACE International is a professional society for cost estimators, cost engineers, schedulers, project managers, and project control specialists. AACE International is industry independent, and has members in 78 countries and 71 local sections. AACE offers a monthly journal, online bookstore, education, library, certification, annual conference, professional development opportunities, employment information, executive search services, member discounts and other benefits. For more information, visit http://www.aacei.org/.

Source: AACE International

 

APM Royal Charter moves forward in UK

 

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Privy Council decision represents significant step towards charter status

14 October 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced a significant step towards achieving Chartered status. The Privy Council considered the application at its meeting on 12 October 2016 and has now issued an Order of Grant. This has triggered a process which will see the association awarded a Royal Charter, which will be printed on vellum and sealed.

161014-pmwj51-apm-logoOnce the Charter has been sealed APM will implement the procedural, legal and accounting transition to re-constitute itself as a Chartered body during 2017.

At the association’s AGM on 21 November 2016, members will consider a resolution to transfer the assets and liabilities of the existing charity to a new Chartered Body Corporate. Once constituted the new body will conduct a public consultation on the criteria for admission to its planned register of Chartered project professionals.

APM has maintained a commitment to achieving Chartered status to raise standards of project delivery, enhance the status of the profession to improve our economy and society, and facilitate collaboration and research to develop the practice and theory of delivering beneficial change.

Background information on APM’s application for a Royal Charter

Briefing update on APM’s Charter application

Road to Professionalism: the timeline of APM’s application for a Royal Charter

Visit the Privy Council website for more information about Chartered status

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

PMI announces new Officers and Board of Directors

 

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27 September 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) announced its 2017 Officers and Board of Directors at the PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America this past weekend in San Diego, California. This governing body of PMI is elected by PMI’s membership to serve three-year terms. Four directors are then elected by their colleagues to serve as PMI’s Officers.

160927-pmwj51-pmi-logoThe following individuals have been elected as Officers and Governance Committee for the 2017 PMI Board of Directors:

  • Chair: Mark Dickson, MBA, PMP, FAICD
  • Vice Chair: Caterina La Tona, BCS, PMP, PfMP
  • Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Performance Oversight Committee (APOC): Jennifer Tharp, PMP
  • Chair of the Strategy Development Oversight Committee: Cecil White, MBA, EdD, PMP

The following directors have been elected for the 2017-2019 term of service:

  • Margareth Carniero, MBA, MSc, PMP
  • Tony Appleby, MBA, GRCA, PMP
  • Teresa Knudson, MBA, CPA, PMP, PgMP, PfMP
  • Roberto Toledo, MBA, PMP
  • Thomas Walenta, PMP, PMI Fellow

The following directors will continue to serve in 2017:

  • Randy Black, P. Eng., PMP
  • J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP, PMI Fellow
  • Wagner Maxsen, PMP, PMI-RMP
  • Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez, MBA, PMP – Immediate Past Chair
  • Kathleen Romero, MBA, PMP, CSM, and SAFePM/PO
  • W. Stephen Sawle, PE, CMC, PgMP, PMP, PgMP

About PMI

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

 

PMI announces 2016 Award Winners

 

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26 September 2016 – Philadelphia, PA, USA – The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced winners of its 2016 professional awards.  The Institute celebrated the recipients of its 2016 Professional Awards this past weekend at its annual gala preceding PMI® Global Congress 2016—North America in San Diego, California.

Since 1974, the PMI Professional Awards Program has honored practitioners who achieve the highest standards of performance in project management and make a lasting impact in their field. “Every year, PMI leads the project management profession in recognizing the industry’s most outstanding accomplishments,” said Mark A. Langley, president and CEO of PMI. “The recipients inspire the profession through their significant contributions and we commend them on their achievements.”

160927-pmwj51-pmi-logoThe 2016 PMI Professional Award recipients are:

PMI Project of the Year Award

  • Winner: National Synchrotron Light Source II Project
    Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, USA
  • Finalist: Guaiba 2 Project CPMC Celulose
    Riograndense, Guaiba, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Finalist: Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
    Aurecon, Norman Park, Queensland, Australia

PMI Fellow Award

  • Walter Ginevri, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, PMP, PgMP, PfMP
  • Ralf Müller, DBA, MBA, PMP
  • Beth A. Partleton, MPM, PMP

PMI Award for Project Excellence

  • Desjardins New Online Banking Services
  • Scripps Health ICD-10 Program

PMI Continuing Professional Education Product of the Year Award

  • Business, Inc. by Octigo

PMI Continuing Professional Education Provider of the Year Award

  • Projectcoach®

PMI Eric Jenett Project Management Excellence Award

  • Connie Plowman, PMP
  • Dr. Prasad Kodukula, PMP, PgMP

PMI Community Advancement Through Project Management Award

  • Corporate/Government Agency Category
    • Caterpillar, Inc. – Global Project Management Team
    • The Children’s Home Association of Illinois
  • PMI Chapter Category
    • PMI Northern Italy Chapter
  • PMI Chapter Category—Nonprofit Partner
    • Mazao Onlus
  • Individual Project Manager Category
    • Tracy McKinney

Donald S. Barrie Award

  • John Breismeister

James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award – EMEA

  • Dr. Saadi Adra

James R. Snyder International Student Paper of the Year Award – North America

  • Trenese McNealy

PMI Research Achievement Award

  • Stewart Clegg, PhD, University of Technology Sydney

PMI Scholar-Practitioner

  • Erling S. Andersen, Masters Candidate. Oecon BI Norwegian Business School

PMI Project Management Journal Paper of the Year Award

  • “Breakthrough R and D Stakeholders: The Challenges of Legitimacy in Highly Uncertain Projects” by Sophie Hooge PhD, and Cédric Dalmasso

PMI Teaching Case Competition

  • First Place: “Odisha’s Disaster Risk Reduction: Coping with the Challenges of Cyclone Phailin” presented by Hadiya Faheem and GV Muralidhara
  • Second Place: Raphael O. Boyd, J.D., MBA; Lila L. Carden, PhD. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, PMP; Jamison V. Kovach, PhD., Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma Professional Training Program Director; Calixo Mejia II, Master of Technology Project Management; Alix Valenti, PhD, JD, LLM

PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award

  • “Managing and Working in Project Society: Institutional Challenges of Temporary Organizations”
    Authors: Rolf A. Lundin, Jönköping International Business School; Niklas Arvidsson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm; Tim Brady, University of Brighton Eskil Ekstedt, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden; Christophe Midler, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; Jörg Sydow, Freie Universitat Berlin

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. For more, visit www.PMI.org.

Source: Project Management Institute

 

APM launches Careers Hub in UK

 

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23 September 2016 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced their new APM careers hub to provide tools and resources for developing project management careers. The careers hub is now featured on the APM’s website as the focal point for jobs and careers-related information and services.

160923-pmwj51-apm-imageExplore the most up-to-date trends and insights in the project management profession by downloading the APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2016. The survey clearly showed that qualifications and professionalism through membership to professional bodies proved worthwhile.  Full members of APM earn £10,000 more annually than the industry average and £14,000 when compared to a non-member. Full members also receive an additional £2,500 in benefits.

You will also find the new APM Role Profiler tool, exclusively available to members of APM. Quick and simple to complete, the tool has been developed to help one compare existing project management skills and knowledge to either your current role or a future role you aspire to. You can then search our qualifications in order to refresh your CV.

Looking for a new challenge? Upload your CV to the new APM Jobs Board and let recruiters match your details to the best available project management jobs. What’s more, let APM do the hard work; sign up for a free personalised alert service and get the latest project positions from top employers sent straight to your inbox.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

 

 

AIPM to recognize PM Qualifications from Other Organizations

 

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15 September 2016 – Sydney, Australia – The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) has announced the launch of automatic recognition for the Certified Practising Project Practitioner (CPPP) level of their RegPM certification program.

This means that the AIPM will automatically grant CPPP certification to AIPM Associate or Full members who have previously completed approved project management courses and certifications from organisations including PMI, AXELOS, APMG and IPMA amongst others. For more information on becoming a member of the AIPM, please visit the membership page on the AIPM website.

160915-pmwj51-aipm-logoDeveloping project management capabilities is now firmly on the agenda of key organisations, and this change gives AIPM members the opportunity to get recognised as a project management professional as RegPM certification provides similar recognition within industry afforded to other disciplines such as accounting, engineering and law.

For more information on automatic recognition for CPPP certification and to see a full list of approved courses and certifications, visit the AIPM website.

AIPM offers both the national RegPM certification system and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) certification system. Certification is your official recognition as a project management professional. It provides the same recognition within industry afforded to other disciplines such as accounting, engineering and law. For more information about AIPM’s certifications, visit the certification page on the AIPM website

Formed in 1976 as the Project Managers’ Forum, AIPM has been instrumental in progressing the profession of project management in Australia over the past 35 years.  AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project team members, project managers and project directors.  AIPM’s vision is to be recognized by business, industry, and government as the key promoter, developer, and leader in project management professionalism.  AIPM is the Australian national member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More about AIPM can be found at www.aipm.com.au.

Source: AIPM