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What organisations use APM?
Many organisations all over the UK and the world incorporate APM qualifications and have APM qualified staff. Here are just a few:
Shell - Oil and Gas
Oil and gas company Shell have received corporate accreditation from APM, recognising the quality of their professional development programme. During Shell’s internal training and development programme, the Shell Project Academy (SPA), employees are encouraged to gain APM qualifications as they progress, with each level being aligned to a different qualification. Level 1, Project Engineer is linked to PMQ, while Level 2, Senior Project Engineer is equivalent to the APM Practitioner qualification, and Level 3, Project Manager is equivalent to Registered Project Professional. Shell have also aligned the SPA to APM’s Five Dimensions of Professionalism, ensuring that their development goals are the same as APM’s.
BAE Systems - Aerospace and Defence
Defence and aerospace company BAE Systems uses an entire bespoke assessment and development framework for Project and Programme Managers throughout the company, called Project Management Developing You (PMDY). Within this framework there are 25 modular courses which, where applicable, are based on the APM Competence Framework and the APM Body of Knowledge. Employees are also encouraged to increase their value and knowledge by gaining APM qualifications. Of particular note at BAE is their APM pass rate, which has reached record levels thanks to the training offered during the PMDY scheme. As a result of their commitment to professionalism and learning, BAE have been recognised by APM and given corporate accreditation.
Sellafield - Nuclear Waste Management
Nuclear waste management company Sellafield’s Project Management Career Path Programme encompasses five levels of project professional, starting with Project Assistant and progressing to senior and executive levels of project management. The programme emphasises the gaining of APM qualifications in order to progress, and for some roles this is mandatory. Those starting at Project Assistant level are encouraged to gain the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification , while Project Managers must obtain APM qualification as a prerequisite. At higher levels, Project Managers are also encouraged to obtain the prestigious APM Registered Project Professional qualification. Sellafield’s development programme aligns to APM’s Five Dimensions of Professionalism, Competence Framework and Body of Knowledge, as well as PMI’s international PMBoK Guide. At last count, 770 employees of Sellafield held the APM qualification.
BGL Group - Insurance
UK insurance company BGL Group fully support the gaining of APM qualifications including APM among their project management staff. New employees are expected to either already possess or work towards APM qualifications. The company funds training and exams, and employees are given time to study for these qualifications. The majority of current project managers at BGL Group have obtained the APM Practitioner Qualification, which has APM or a similar qualification such as Project Management Professional (PMP)® as a prerequisite. BGL’s competence programme aligns with key APM frameworks including their Competence Framework and Body of Knowledge. Investing in APM project management qualifications and receiving corporate accreditation provides BGL’s partners and stakeholders with the confidence that their project management team can be trusted and have the competencies and knowledge required to deliver consistently.
Transport for London - Transport
Jane Slocombe of Transport for London achieved the highest mark in an APM exam ever in 2014. Although not a Project Manager herself, she decided to do APM because her job required an understanding of project management, as well as engagement with various Project and Programme Managers. Prior to taking the qualification, Jane had studied the Introductory Certificate (now named PFQ), so she had some understanding of the fundamentals of project management. She was also accustomed to a project management environment from her team being sometimes required to take on project management roles. These factors contributed to Jane’s success in the exam. She uses what she’s learned from APM every day in her job, and is considering project and portfolio management as her next steps.
Which sectors use APM?
Since it is a general project management framework, APM and the APM approach is applicable to project management in any industry. Industries which use APM include Transportation, Finance, Oil and Gas, Information Technology, Government, Nuclear, Government, Professional Services, Aerospace and Defence and Insurance.
APM Job Roles
Anybody working in project management can benefit from APM qualifications. For example, in many companies, those entering project management at an entry level, such as Project Engineers or Assistants, are either required to or encouraged to have the APM Project Fundamentals Qualification, because the PFQ provides a good overall understanding of the principles of project management. For higher level positions like Project Managers, organisations have implemented training programmes which align with APM qualifications. Some companies even require the APM Project Management Qualification as a prerequisite for promotion to Project Manager or higher.