Certification body APMG has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade Category for outstanding continuous performance over the last six years. Founded in 1993, APMG is a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited certification body, working with professional training and consulting organisations (AOs) and certification schemes for knowledge-based workers. APMG works in partnership with over 250 training companies worldwide. The company has language capability in 21 languages and representatives in 12 countries.
Richard Pharro, CEO, APMG, said, “Receiving the Queens Award is a huge honour. I am extremely grateful to all our staff, contractors and partners who have worked hard to make APMG so successful. Our ethos is to work hard and play fair. To this end we have striven to develop rigorous qualifications that challenge candidates so they can be proud of their achievement. We work with product owners such as The Cabinet Office, CESG, DSDM and the Service Desk Institute to deliver high quality examinations and accreditation schemes that are recognised and trusted throughout the world.”
APMG’s growth has been fuelled by its commitment to adding value to its AO’s by expanding its product range, translating examinations and opening up new markets. APMG’s highly successful distribution model is supported by a bespoke IT system, which underpins its business processes. Each new market is established as a local operation supporting a network of local training and consultancy providers.
APMG, which achieved Gold Investors in People status in 2011, has a clear Corporate Responsibility agenda. As part of its CSR effort, APMG works on a pro bono basis with LINGOs (Learning In Non-Governmental Organisations) and PM4NGOs (Project Management 4 NGOs) on a qualification scheme for project managers working in disaster and humanitarian crisis zones.
The importance of effective project management has grown as NGOs are increasingly called to account by donors to demonstrate return on investment, value for money and delivery against targets. Vast sums of money flow into the sector from donations and recipient NGOs are under pressure to spend the money quickly, efficiently and transparently. Accountability through effective project management is therefore a priority. But in emergencies, large scale disasters and humanitarian crises, those deployed to help need to make good decisions quickly and have the ability to work together as a team. APMG’s PMD Pro Qualification is designed for these special project managers.
2000 Level 1 PMD Pro examinations have been taken around the world by candidates working in organisations like the United Nations, Islamic Relief, RedR and Oxfam. Level 2 of the qualif-ication scheme is launching in 2012. The higher level qualification features an exam plus the candidate must verify they hold a valid PRINCE2® or other recognised industry certificate.
“The launch of PMD Pro Level 2 is a significant milestone. This means we now have sufficient traction in the market to launch a higher level qualification. Gaining a recognised qualification is a boost to the professionalism of those working in these highly pressurised situations. It also means that NGOs have some assurance that their project managers can fulfil their duties competently,” Richard said.