Alan Harpham, Chairman of the APM Group, UK

An update of a paper originally presented at The 16th International Project Management Association's World Congress in Berlin, 2002.

Copyright Alan Harpham.
Published here March 2003.

PART 1 | How and Where | How does Program Management Fit
Program Management | Framework | Reflections
Business Change Manager | Key Processes | Accreditation | Conclusions


The APM Group (UK) has established a process for benchmarking individuals and their knowledge of program management as described in the MSP guide. The process for benchmarking individuals also assesses their ability to apply that knowledge through a practitioner examination.

This consists of two parts:

  • A 40-minute, multiple choice foundation examination on the contents of the MSP guide
  • A 30-minutes realistic program case-study reading time, followed by a 3-hour examination of the candidate's ability to apply the principles of the MSP guide to the case study

The APM Group has already received UKAS certification for its "Managing Successful Projects with Prince2" examination processes and has obtained similar certification for its MSP examination. The Group has also developed a qualification certified by UKAS for consultants in MSP, and is developing an advanced practitioner qualification.

The Group has helped to establish a number of accredited training organizations (ATOs) that deliver training courses and programs leading to these qualifications. Some of these are available over the Internet as distance learning programs. The examinations can be taken at the end of a course organized by an ATO, or through a public examination at the Group's headquarters.

The Consultancy and the advanced practitioner qualifications will be based on a peer group review of the candidate's knowledge, experience and competency.

There has been considerable interest in the UK for obtaining these new qualifications, both in the public and private sectors.

Key Processes  Key Processes

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