Press Releases 2016

APM RPP set new standard for Oil & Gas

APM RPP set new standard for Oil & Gas

10 March 2016/Categories: Media News, Press Releases 2016

Following a sixth month programme launched last year by the ECITB and Offshore Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG), 16 successful candidates from companies including Subsea7, Wood Group, Petrofac, Aker Solutions, Apache and Maersk have been awarded the APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) designation. This follows the success of Shell which is already using the RPP programme with its senior project professionals in the sector.

RPP is an independently assessed and recognised level of Project Management competence for delivering complex projects. The ECITB and OPMSG set out to raise awareness in the Oil & Gas industry and take the lead in facilitating a higher ‘minimum’ standard to be acknowledged across the sector. This was to address the gap in the industry in recognising the standards at which project practitioners managing complex projects are working to and to address competence and leadership needs within teams. Lynsey Benson, ECITB account manager for the Offshore Region and member of the OPMSG, said: “Other energy sectors such as Nuclear and Power Generation are recognising and working towards a defined standard of competence, through the RPP model. We need to ensure Senior Oil & Gas project practitioners are accredited and can deliver against core nontechnical competencies such as leadership, behaviours, and communication, all of which are vital in delivering complex projects. These 16 exceptional individuals will help the OPMSG in championing this recognition throughout the sector.”

RPP is a pan-sector standard for managers who can demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader and the ability to manage complex projects and use appropriate tools, processes and techniques. It is about recognising individuals who can achieve success in a complex project, programme and portfolio environment through the management of others.

Local Project Management Specialist, 20 |20 Business Insight helped support and mentor the group through to a successful outcome:

Tony Marks, chief executive of 20|20 Business Insight commented:
“20|20 was pleased to work with ECITB and APM to deliver the highly-regarded RPP
standard to the offshore sector. The support program was delivered by 20|20's Dr Munther
Mahsoub and the delegate feedback has been excellent, with all carefully selected
candidates who completed the program achieving RPP status. ECITB's vision in promoting
and organising this initiative has created awareness in the offshore sector and we are
confident that others will follow in the footsteps of those that have been on this first
programme. The recognition this brings to the professionalism of the sector is vital as the
need for effective project management in the sector has never been so critical.”
APM chief executive Sara Drake said:
“Oil & Gas is going through turbulence. Now, more than ever, it’s important that Oil & Gas
project professionals can evidence their skills and standards. RPP status and APM
qualifications are the best ways of doing this and they are recognised throughout the
economy. There’s so much excellent experience in our oil and gas industry. I’m sure plenty
more project managers have the potential to reach RPP status.”
RPP is just one of various high profile initiatives being delivered by the ECITB in conjunction
with the OPMSG. Earlier in 2015 the ECITB launched a pioneering webinar series featuring
leading experts and practitioners from the Oil & Gas industry to promote good practice. This
has had a great success and is helping to inspire a dynamic interaction and stronger
community. The ECITB was also instrumental last year in bringing together leading industry
figures and practitioners at a major offshore conference, focusing on cost reduction and
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