Project Management Competence is a method for assessing your ‘ability’ or ‘competence’ to manage a project.

Projects, of course differ in size and complexity, and ‘rating’ your ability will help identify gaps in your knowledge, and skills. This will assist in your career progression.

Project Management Competence

I define ‘Competence’ as ‘Knowledge’ plus ‘Experience’. You have to know about something, and also try to apply it to become competent at it.

Consider learning to drive a car. You could read the instruction manual/handbook, and read the ‘Highway Code’, but until you actually try to put it into practice, it will not make much sense!

The APM Competence Framework

The Association for Project Management (APM) define 27 Project Management Competencies in both ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Application’ areas.

Project Management Competence the APM Competence Framework.

Project Management Competence the APM Competence Framework.

The 27 Competencies are:

1 Ethics, compliance and professionalism2 Team management3 Conflict management4 Leadership
5 Procurement6 Contract management7 Requirements management8 Solutions development
9 Schedule management10 Resource management11 Budgeting and cost control12 Risk, opportunity and issue management
13 Quality management14 Consolidated planning15 Transition management16 Financial management
17 Resource capacity planning18 Governance arrangements19 Stakeholder and communications management20 Frameworks and methodologies
21 Reviews22 Change control23 Independent assurance24 Business case
25 Asset allocation26 Capability development27 Benefits management

A rating system exists where you can measure your knowledge and application into 5 categories:

  • Aware
  • Practised
  • Competent
  • Proficient
  • Expert

One method of using the framework is to rate yourself, and also ask your peers and manager to rate you for comparison.

The competencies are important for several reasons:

  • Identifying where you need to define your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Assisting in applicant acceptances for employment positions
  • Helping an organisation identify learning and development requirements
  • They are required for APM membership
  • They will be required for ChPP (Chartered) status

Is it time for you to review your Project Management Competence?

Continuing Professional Development

It is no longer adequate to pass an examination at the age of 25, and then practice in a profession for 40 years without further development.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is vital for a professional project manager. CPD is now required by around 75% of all UK professional bodies, so everybody should be maintaining a record of their personal developments.

CPD is also moving from a voluntary to an obligatory and compulsory activity in many organisations.

Moreover, CPD is a requirement for APM Members, Fellows, and RPP holders. I have previously written about the differences between APM membership, qualifications, and standards.

Is it time for you to review your CPD in relation to your project management career? Will the Project Management Competences help you?

Project Management Competencies can help you identify your developmental requirements to move to the next stage of your project management career.


Posted On: 4th April 2018

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