A university world first – NTU achieves Recognised Assessment for project management chartership

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Association for Project Management (APM), the chartered body for the project profession, has revealed that Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has become the world’s first university to achieve Recognised Assessment to Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) status.

Attaining Recognised Assessment (Route 1) means that students taking the MSc Project Management qualification, run by the university’s Nottingham Business School, are on an accelerated pathway to achieving chartered status in their future careers, as well as having a thorough understanding of how to deliver projects successfully.

The university attained Recognised Assessment by meeting the requirements for technical knowledge and being aligned with industry standards; it now features on the list of Route 1 assessments towards becoming a ChPP. It also had to be externally regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) – an approved body – and complete a number of mandatory and elective competences, demonstrating an understanding of how to deliver projects/programmes/portfolios, taking into account many interacting factors and different potential approaches.

Dr. John Israilidis, course leader for the MSc Project Management course at Nottingham Trent University said: “We are delighted to be the first university to achieve Recognised Assessment for the ChPP standard. This prestigious accreditation ensures a high standard of relevance and excellence for our students and presents them with the opportunity to take-up membership of APM too, a valuable tool for networking and building connections.

“Working towards becoming a Chartered Project Professional is a goal every project manager should aspire to. Achieving ChPP status signifies a proven track record delivering projects, programmes, portfolios; having up-to-date knowledge of current practices and methods; and being actively involved in the project profession.

“It is great to become part of the APM community and we look forward to supporting their activities for the betterment of the profession.”

Debbie Dore, Chief Executive at APM, added: “With an approach embedded across the university to design industry focused courses with routes to learning that widen participation, it comes as no surprise that The Guardian’s University of the Year 2019 has worked hard to achieve Recognised Assessment, becoming the first academic institution to do so. Congratulations to everyone involved.”