APM Chartered Project Professional – Mentored Support Programme

About The Project Academy

 The Project Academy Limited enables individuals, teams and organisations to improve their capability to deliver projects, programmes and portfolios successfully.

We have the foremost expertise in the Association for Project Management’s professional standard – APM Chartered Project Professional (ChPP). With a comprehensive understanding of APM standards, we are able to ensure organisations are aligned to current international best practice.

APM Chartered Project Professional – Mentored Support Programme

Who is this course for?

Those who are ready to make an application to the APM to become a Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) under the Route 3 (experiential pathway). You must have managed at least one complex project, programme or portfolio or managed a key control function within a complex project environment. If you are planning to secure your status within the UK Government’s Project Delivery Accreditation Framework for Senior Practitioner or Master Practitioner, then Chartership is one of the key criteria.

This course provides more intensive support than our ChPP Core Programme. A compelling written submission of project overviews and competence statements is challenging and must be written specifically to APM’s requirements. On this course, you benefit from the input of an experienced ChPP Mentor to guide/review and feedback on your submission. Also, you will attend one of our ChPP interview preparation workshops to support the demanding 2 hour peer interview.

Important note: this course is fully aligned with the APM’s updated Chartership standard, launched in mid-2023.

What does the course cover?

You are supported for the whole ChPP application process for Route 3 (experiential). We ensure you understand the ChPP requirements with a deep dive into the written submission and interview stages. You will learn how to write compelling project statements and competence statements, enabling you to put your best experience into your submission. The course also supports you to understand the ChPP Code of Conduct and proposer elements. With the support of your 1-2-1 ChPP Mentor, you are guided through a personal journey to showcase your best and relevant project experience.

What is the style of the course?

We provide a combination of:

  • Group workshops – delivered virtually via MS Teams
  • 1-2-1 mentoring (approximately 5 hours input per participant)
  • A suite of eLearning packages
  • Drop-in virtual clinics
  • Back-up materials including guidance and case examples

You will join a group of typically 10 – 15 participants, often enrolled from across multiple Government departments and private sector professionals. Together, you are supported through your ChPP journey, nominally across a period of 6 months between the first workshop and your APM interview (final stage of the process).

How much time commitment is required?

It varies for each participant. The formal elements of the programme take around 30 hours  spread across several sessions (group workshops, drop-in clinics, mentor reviews) plus you need to allow around 40-60 hours to create a compelling written submission, which can be done to suite your diary but within an overall group timetable for target submission. In total, you need to be able to plan for 75-100 hours across a 6 month timescale. Each group agrees the target submission date to the APM and only in exceptional circumstances can participants delay an application and still receive the support package.

What is the Project Academy’s credibility in this subject?

TPA has been at the forefront of Chartership expertise for over 10 years. Our MD was appointed by the APM to manage the original ChPP project. Since then, we have supported over 500 experienced professionals gain ChPP status, with a success rate of over 90%. We have supported public sector, private sector and charity sector applicants. We have a dedicated team of trainers and ChPP mentors, including APM ChPP trained and approved assessors.

TPA’s team has also provided Chartership expertise for over 6 years within the Government’s Project Leadership Programme (PLP).

How do I enrol on this course?

Through the Government Campus portal, managed through the Learning 2020 contract with KPMG. The course code is OTS08648.

Please note that there are two versions of this course. An open (Public) course where individuals can sign-up to join a group. There is also a “closed course” with a fixed overall price for a sponsored group of up to 15 participants. If you are an individual seeking to attend the Public course, we recommend that you discuss your participation with your line manager / Head of Profession to gain authorisation before booking your place via KPMG.

What are the fees?

Course fees are notified through the Government Campus via KPMG for both the “open/Public” version and the “Closed” version. Bookings are managed via KPMG.

Please note: course fees DO NOT include the APM’s ChPP assessment fees (written and interview stages). You will either need to pay the APM directly when you submit your application or you will be given a code to use by your Government department / sponsor. The current APM assessment fee for a Route 3 application is £1,194 plus VAT per person.

Where can I get further information?

If you have a query about the course content / structure, then please contact our Training Manager, Janine Edgar, at janine@project-academy.co.uk.

If you have a query regarding the Government Campus procurement / booking process, please seek out the appropriate KPMG contact.

If you have a query regarding any future ChPP groups within your Government department, we recommend you contact your Head of Profession.