Contributions of Project Management Organizations

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Instructor: Carl Lovell, PMP

Carl has taught grad-level college Project Management and Quality. He holds a Masters degree in Business and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Many professional organizations and associations have contributed to the advancement of the project management profession. In this lesson, we'll take look at the contribution of three such project management professional organizations.

Project Management Organizations

Have you ever completed a program of study on a topic and a year later found that your knowledge is no longer current? Have you ever experienced a computer application update, and then couldn't figure out how to do anything? The same is true with project management tools and techniques. While what you learned isn't necessarily obsolete, the upgraded tools and techniques improve the success rate on project delivery.

In every field, there are professional organizations that facilitate development and sharing of tools and techniques that improve performance skills and make life easier for you. Three of these organizations that support professional project managers are The American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM), the International Association of Project and Program Management (IAPPM), and the American Academy of Project Management (AAPM).


The American Society for the Advancement of Project Management was established in 1965 and is associated with the International Project Management Association (IPMA), a federation of project management associations representing 55 countries. The connection with IPMA gives the ASAPM a global project management collaboration perspective. While the languages spoken may be different, the access to a large selection of tools, techniques, and experience represent a clear advantage in developing professional skills.

As a project management professional, certifications can communicate your level of expertise to potential employers and customers. The American Society for the Advancement of Project Management offers a four-level certification program ranging from an associate practitioner to a program manager. Generally, as a program manager, you will provide coverage for multiple projects managed by different project managers.


The International Association of Project and Program Management is another global project management organization established to facilitate sharing of project management tools and techniques. Your access to a global pool of project management professionals helps increase your skillset as you advance in a project management career.

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