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Webinar presentation by Carol Bell RPP FAPM, and Senior Principal Project Manager on 9th April 2014

Webinar presentation by Carol Bell RPP FAPM, and Senior Principal Project Manager on 9th April 2014

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  • 1. Women in Project Management SIG Stepping Up a Gear in your Career: The Route to Fellowship Carol Bell RPP FAPM
  • 2. “Why should I step up to FAPM?”  To achieve the highest level of professional membership awarded by APM  To gain recognition from my peers for my achievements in my career to date  To be a role model to others in the profession, particularly women
  • 3. What you need to know  Am I eligible to apply for Fellowship?  What are the Assessment Criteria  How do I demonstrate my Achievements?  How do I prepare / present my evidence?  Where can I get help and support?  What happens to my application?
  • 4. Am I eligible to apply for Fellowship?  Yes – if – You have been a Full Member for 5 years – You are a non-member who can demonstrate professional achievement and equivalent practice and development (possibly in another discipline, if approved by APM Membership Department)
  • 5. What are the Assessment Criteria? – Substantial achievement in professional practice – Significant contribution to a broad area of professional work / to a specific and specialised context – How your work has influenced the project management community
  • 6. What does Membership Panel need?  Evidence that you have: – Continued to develop the full range of competences required for Fellowship – Enhanced your professional, interpersonal, intellectual, evaluative and analytical skills within your sphere of professional activity
  • 7. What does Membership Panel need?  Evidence that you have: – Contributed to the growth of the profession’s body of knowledge by practice, research or publication – Analysed your personal contribution, reflected on its outcome and evaluated its significance
  • 8. What does Membership Panel need?  Evidence that you have: – Developed and improved existing skills and acquired and applied new skills – Continued to develop professionally and intellectually - with growing evidence of innovative or original approaches to problems or application of professional skills
  • 9. What type of evidence is valid?  a wide range of potential evidence, including – Practical professional achievement – Innovative professional work – Involvement with professional organisations – Published material (in any format) – Research accepted by university or equivalent
  • 10. How do I apply?  Prepare a portfolio of evidence, comprising: – A completed application form – A project-based CV detailing your career history, employer/s, project and programme management skills and experience – Documentary and other evidence
  • 11. What else goes in the portfolio?  A personal statement detailing your reasons for applying and how you meet the assessment criteria  Two letters of support – At least one letter should ideally be from a Full Member or Fellow of APM
  • 12. Who else can support my application?  Senior colleagues – letter/s must comment on the business/strategic impact of your work on the professional standards of your organisation  If you have been actively involved with APM in a voluntary or consultative role you may include a statement of support from your key Head Office Contact
  • 13. Where do I start?  Download guidance and a FAPM application form from the APM website  Discuss the application requirements with Membership Department before applying  Prepare and submit your portfolio
  • 14. What happens next?  The Membership Panel will assess your portfolio and may – Consult with authors of letters of support – Invite you to a Professional Review – Have your portfolio externally assessed by expert referees
  • 15. How do I know whether I succeeded?  Membership Department will – Tell you when Membership Panel will consider your application – Write to advise you of the outcome of your application within 10 days of the meeting – Provide feedback on unsuccessful applications and guidance on re-applying
  • 16. What if I’m not ready – yet?  Actively contribute to the Profession – Volunteer for your Branch and/or SIG – Participate in APM development activities – Accept invitations to speak at conferences – Undertake research and publish findings – Submit your Project/Programme for Awards
  • 17. So… if  You know you are great at what you do  You seek recognition of your achievements  You want a fast-track route to RPP … what’s stopping you???