Copyright to Gareth Byatt, Gary Hamilton and Jeff Hodgkinson © 2012
Published here

August 2012

Editor's Note | Introduction | Comparable Background 
In Project Work | Points For and Against Licensing Project Managers
What Might Licensing Look Like? | Conclusion | About the Authors

Gareth Byatt, MBA, has over 16 years of experience in project, program and PMO management in IT and construction. He is certified with PMP®, PgMP®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-SP® and PRINCE2. Gareth is a past Director of the PMI Sydney Chapter and is currently the APAC Region Director for PMI's PMO Community of Practice. He has presented on PMOs, portfolio and program and project management at international conferences in the UK, Australia, and Asia. He lives in Sydney, Australia and may be reached at:

Gary Hamilton, MBA, has over 17 years of experience in project and program management experience in IT, finance, and human resources. He is the 5th person globally to obtain the six PMI credentials PgMP®, PMP®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-SP®, PMI-ACP®, and CAPM®. He is also certified in Project+, PRINCE2, MSP, ITIL-F, MCTS (SharePoint), MCITP (Project), CSM (Certified Scrum Master), and Six Sigma GB professional certifications. Gary may be reached at

Jeff Hodgkinson has over 33 years" experience with Intel Corporation, where he is currently a senior program/project manager. He is certified CAPM®, CCS, CDT, CPC™, CIPM&trade, CPPM-Level 10, CDRP, CSM&trade, CSQE, GPM&trade, IPMA-B®, ITIL-F, MPM&trade, PME&trade, PMOC, PMP®, PgMP®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-SP®, PMW, and SSGB. Jeff is an IT@Intel SME and also the Intel IT PMO PMI Credential Mentor. In 2012, he earned an Intel Achievement Award, Intel's highest recognition, for work with the team implementing an industry-leading private cloud solution. Jim lives in Mesa, Arizona, USA and may be reached at .

Editor's Note:

We think that whether or not project managers should be professionally licensed or chartered is an important discussion that should be given careful consideration. What would be the effects of such a move? Would it lead to better recognition for project managers and for project management, or would it just result in greater liability? Indeed, would it be possible to be representative across all of the technological domains in which project managers practice?

What would be the purpose of professional licensing, better pay and a recognized career path, or protection of the public? If either of these, might they not be achieved by a less contentious approach? These are all questions that need careful examination.


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