I have just been to see the APM (Association for Project Management) in High Wycombe where my goals were two fold – find out what they are doing in terms of membership and also when asked why would we recommend them to candidates and clients.
I have come a way with a much better feeling about the APM I think it is going through a period of much needed change starting to focus on the practice of Project Management, as opposed to a certificate that proves you can pass exams from an open book or as some have stated just purchase a membership.
To project practitioners they offer professional qualifications that are embracing peer review and a dissertation on project you have managed “demonstration of real skills and experience.
To the employer they offer opportunity to create a professional ladder that will allow project staff to improve their standing and pay perhaps by achieving accreditation levels as set out by the APM related to job grades and or positions.
The Project Management profession has long needed just that, a professional body, perhaps the APM are a best bet for achieving Royal Charter status in the middle to long term maintaining and raising standards offering internationally recognised qualifications and practice.