November 30th saw a reception at Speakers House in House of Commons celebrating APM being awarded its charter. Our Principal Lecturer, Therese Lawlor-Wright was invited to attend to help recognise this historic occasion.
A royal charter is a formal document issued by a monarch giving a right or power to an individual or corporate body. Most UK Universities were established by Royal Charter, starting with the University of Cambridge in 1231. Most recent Royal charters in the UK are issued to professional bodies or learned societies who work in the public interest. The award of a Royal charter is a recognition of ‘pre-eminence, stability and permanence’ in their field. Once incorporated by Royal Charter, amendments to the charter and by-laws require government approval, so it is a major change in the governance of an organisation. For a professional body, this transfers power from individual members to the Privy Council which regulates chartered bodies.
The Speakers House at the House of Commons in Westminster was a fitting location for an event to celebrate APM achieving its charter. At the reception, there were speeches by David Waboso, President of APM and John McGlynn APM chairman. Both recognised APM’s achievement in obtaining its Charter and the value of Chartership in establishing project management as a recognised profession. Therese met APM members from across the UK, including Richard Preston, the Chairman of APM North West Branch. There were lots of interesting discussions about supporting project managers to achieve chartered status and it was inspiring to hear about developments across the UK.
Later that day, APM published the standard for Chartered Project Professional. From April 2018, Individuals will be able to apply to become chartered and join the register. This will involve recognition of both professional and technical competence. The detailed guidance on how to apply will be published early in 2018. At the University of Cumbria we have discussed these developments with our students and look forward to more information becoming available to guide them on the path to becoming Chartered Project Professionals. It’s an exciting time to join the project management profession and we were proud to be able to join the celebrations to mark this historic occasion.
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