Project management qualifi cation being made available in NZ

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The International Project Management Association (IPMA) level D professional qualifi cation in project management is to become available for the first time in New Zealand. The awarding body for this internationally recognised qualification, with subsequent institutional membership, is the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm). 

The fast-track, intensive, four-day course plus one-day examination will be held in Auckland on September 4 to 9 as part of a 12-country, worldwide programme in 2006. The course is aimed at building industry professionals and construction managers of about 5+ years’ experience who wish to enhance and develop their careers within a new, wider, managerial and business context. 

It is designed for those already involved in the management and co-ordination of medium-to-large projects, but without any formal management education or institutional connection. It is much more than a CPD course, involving as it does 150 hours of formal study, but application will be made to professional institutes for the award of appropriate credits. 

For instance, the American Institute of Architects awards it 60 credits — its largest single CPD award. RIBA members can also qualify for the RIBA Certifi cate in Project Management. Asapm, which is an international association, offers a qualification and subsequent institutional membership that is recognised worldwide via the International Project Management Association. 

This body sets standards using an internationally recognised Body of Knowledge and Terminology for Project Managers in a wide variety of fields, including design and construction. Successful examination candidates enter asapm as full members. 

The venue is at the New Zealand Institute of Architects national office in Auckland. It costs $4690 which is all inclusive of tuition by British experts, course materials (provided on CD), food and refreshments and asapm examination fees. 

For further information phone 021 263 4751 or e-mail belindasutherland@ihug.co.nz.