Quite recently a few people asked me was the next step to take after completing the APMP qualification. The obvious answer is to proceed on to the APM practitioner qualification. This is a three day assessment centre evaluate your ability to deliver non-complex projects. Involves you completing a number of exercises while being observed by the assessor. They will then judge your performance against a number of predefined criteria. If you demonstrate a capability for each of the competences they will pass the APM practitioner qualification. However it is obvious route is not always the best for every project manager. It really depends on your priorities and where you want to go with your career.
For example you may consider that your next move might be to work from multinational organisation possibly based in the USA or in the Middle East. In this case you are much better moving on from the APMP qualification to the PMP qualification offered by the Project Management Institute in USA. In fact to qualifications APMP and PMP have a very similar content just the PMP is more widely recognised outside the UK and has additional requirements for training and experience. Specifically you need to demonstrate either five or three years of experience as project manager before you can take the PMP qualification. Five years if you don’t have a degree and three years if you do. You also need to maintain a record of your ongoing CPD in order to renew your PMP every few years. This puts the PMP qualification slightly ahead of APMP especially in the international market. In fact the contents the two bodies of knowledge is very similar with only slightly different frameworks so if you only pass the APMP qualification then you are halfway towards getting your PMP certification.
APM Registered Project Professional.
A further option for many project managers is to investigate APM RPP. This is not qualification at all but professional standard that recognises you as being one of the best project management in the world. Only open to those who can demonstrate they have the competencies and capabilities to deliver the most complex projects. You might be quite surprised to discover the your project is complex enough to qualify you to become an APM registered project professional. The fees and costs significantly lower than the APM PQ in the process of collecting a portfolio of evidence and going for a meeting with your peers is arguably more relevant than the simulated project approach taken the APM PQ.
So you can see it’s not always obvious the following on from the APMP qualification that you should just automatically move up to do the APM practitioner qualification. It really depends on the type of project you manage and where you see your career going in the future. Need any advice guidance this please do get in touch with Parallel Project Training.