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PMSA has been represented on the Global Alliance of Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) since its inception, and is thus a Founding Member.

The GAPPS is a unique alliance of government, private industry, professional associations and training/academic institutes working together to develop globally applicable project management competency based standards, frameworks and mappings. The GAPPS standards and frameworks are intended to facilitate mutual recognition and transferabiltiy of project management qualifications.

The aim of the GAPPS is to provide the global project management community with information that is freely available for use by businesses, academic institutions, professional associations, and government standards and qualifications bodies globally. GAPPS welcomes any organisation or government agency that wants to participate to join as members and start building global standards together.

To date, the GAPPS has mapped all the prevailing global standards and developed competency frameworks for the project and program management roles.
- The GAPPS Project Manager standard is written in the format of a Performance Based Competency Standard.

  • This is a particular form of standard that aims to address two key questions;
  • What is usually done in this occupation, profession, or role by competent performers?
  • What standard of performance is usually considered acceptable to infer competence?

- The GAPPS Program Manager Framework, in turn, consists of:

  • A detailed approach to differentiating three levels of program manager based upon program management complexity.
  • Eight units of performance based competency standards for the role of program manager.
  • A description of six types of program manager based on which of the eight units apply.
  • Supporting material to aid in the application of the standards.

A number of downloads and other resources are availabel from the GAPPS website at:


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