New APM Competence Framework launched in UK



2 June 2015 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has released a brand new version of their Competence Framework, a comprehensive resource for everyone in the project management profession and the organisations they work in. Individual’s expertise and team capabilities can be assessed against common standards for a variety of purposes including self-development, team building and accreditation.

150602-pmwj35-new-competence-IMAGEThe new APM Competence Framework is an authoritative list of the competences required for all these roles. It provides an independent benchmark from APM, the respected award-winning professional body representing all professionals working in project management. It does this for all organisations and individuals in the profession, regardless of their size, sector or geographic location.

APM have streamlined and improved the format, making it easier to understand and use and update in the future, reflecting the needs of the profession. A number of features help it meet the requirements of today’s project professionals:

  • The number of competences is refined from 47 to 27.
  • 14 role profiles have been developed, which identify the competences that apply to individual roles.
  • A specific focus on the widest range of project professionals from programme management, portfolio management and the PMO, including role profiles, make it a modern resource that meets the needs of all today’s project professionals.
  • Each competence defines what the practitioner actually needs to be able to do.
  • Each competence also has indicators for both ‘knowledge’ and ‘application’, enabling the assessment of both of these factors.
  • The scoring matrix has been refined to a five-point scale.

Project management is a growing profession and changing fast. It has never been so important for project professionals to demonstrate their skills and for organisations to assess their capability.

“We wanted to produce a resource that reflected the complexity of the modern project management profession” said Gill Hancock, interim head of professional standards and knowledge at APM.

“Our new framework can be used by all organisations, irrespective of their size, sector or geographical location, but also by training providers looking to develop learning and development programmes with their corporate clients.”

Originally published in 2008, the development of this new framework has undergone a robust and thorough consultation process, including an online survey, telephone interviews, practitioner workshops and face to face meetings.

Other frameworks and source documents have also been taken into account, particularly version three of the IPMA Competence Baseline and the APM Body of Knowledge 6th edition.

The result is a framework which has been designed by professionals, for professionals and can be used in the form provided by APM, or adapted and supplemented as required to interlock with and underpin an organisation’s internal learning and development programme.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than over 21,500 individual and 550 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). As part of its strategy to raise awareness and standards in the profession it is currently in the process of applying for a Royal Charter. More information at http://www.apm.org.uk/

Media contact: Dayner Proudfoot at: [email protected]

Source: Association for Project Management