UPMK – National Project Manager’s Conference in Turkey



8th UPMK’17 will be held at Mövempick Hotel, Ankara, 9 March 2017

Reported by İpek Sahra Özgüler in Istanbul

7 February 2017 – Istanbul, Turkey – UPMK – National Project Manager’s Conference is the annually professional gathering and networking activity for Turkish project managers, aiming to create/enhance recognition of the profession, while also establishing and declaring the project managers’ position and opinion on current national issues, as a prominent stakeholder. The scope of the converence includes a discussion panel, delivered talks, posters and a series of achievement awards. UPMK, is the yearly physical meeting venue for the TPPMI, a social media platform (see below).

8th UPMK’17 will be held at Mövempick Hotel, Ankara, 9 March 2017. Main theme is “Spoken word, Left a Mark” for UPMK’17.





UPMK is held yearly with the purpose of creating solidarity among Turkish project managers and project management team members, sharing professional issues and suggestions and compiling project management approaches, methods, knowledge, culture and a common language.

The conference focuses on current, national project managers’ and team members’ issues, rather than only project management methodologies. The main theme emphasizes the persons, working conditions, professional hardships, related original solutions and expectations.

The conference has been held yearly since 2010. The “Cetin Ceviz (Tough Nut) Project Management Awards” in the categories of, Best Project Manager – Woman and Men, Best Assistant Project Manager – Woman and Men, Best Project Team Member – Woman and Men, Best Young Project Manager – Woman and Men, Best Project and Contributors to The Profession are given to winners from among nominees, since 2014.

TPPMI Turkish Professional Project Managers’ Institute (http://www.tpyme.org/), is a Social Media and Solidarity Platform. It is also a program running under NORM, Association for Training and Consultancy (http://www.norm.org.tr/).

TPPMI was established unanimously during the convention of the National Project Professionals’ Conference (UPMK) (http://www.upmk.org/), first held on May 2010. The institute is composed of professionals and peers, building recognition and reputation, collaborating, researching and creating awareness/standards and training, all based on qualification and volunteering. The institute aims to: determine project management techniques and approaches suitable to the Turkish culture and traditions, validate and determine the reliability of global applications, support, defend and network for the establishment of legal frameworks for project management applications, support the development of project team members and companies in terms of project knowledge areas, determine professional principles and standards, and prepare, monitor and update certificates of recognition and reputation.

MEMBERS: Persons and institutions wishing to become members of the institute are required to be nominated by the existing members and approved by the honorary chair. Membership requires no fees or payments. A new member receives his/her charter certificate signed by the Honorary Chair and a few additional members. Any person may leave membership upon their will. Members are endorsed/recognized by other existing peer members through signing their certificates. The more signature on the certificate, the more reputable the member. The UPMK held every year is the venue for the convention and mutual endorsement of all TPPMI members.

Project Manager Occupational StandardS

We developed the project managers’ occupational standard based on European Qualifications Framework (EQF) based on the UPMK 2012 Conference Output.

We led the study of definition ‘Project Manager Occupational Standards’ and specification of ‘National Qualifications for the Project Manager Occupation’ as NORM and TPPMI. This study completed, approved and published on Official Gazzette. The defined standard and qualifications are independent both from the business areas and methodologies used in some sectors.

The next step is the certification and we already announced the training towards the occupational certification based on the approved standard and qualifications.