New CPM (Certification in Process Management) Program Announced by the BPM Group

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The BPM Group today announced the new CPM (Certification in Process Management) program providing the formal means for organizations to match process management requirements with professional skills in applying “mission-critical” process management practices. The CPM program provides professional certification at three levels; the Certificate in Process Management – Practitioner, the Certificate in Process Management – Manager, and the Certificate in Process Management – Grand Master.

Warwick, UK: The BPM Group today announced the availability of the new CPM (Certification in Process Management) program. The program provides the formal means for organizations to match process management requirements with professional skills while supporting organizational governance in applying “mission-critical” process management practices.

The CPM program provides professional certification at three levels; the Certificate in Process Management – Practitioner, the Certificate in Process Management – Manager, and the Certificate in Process Management – Grand Master.

Certification is awarded through a combination of accredited training, proof of practice and additional educational activities qualifying for CEU/CPD award through the BPM Registry. In addition, the Grand Master Certification requires a minimum of 2 years continuous certification at the Manager Level and documented process practice experience of at least 10 years.

The CPM program couldn’t come at a better time as organizations across the globe seek to capitalize on the business advantages represented by process management. With its complexity and broad reaching nature, the lack of valid and meaningful professional credentials in process management has presented a difficult challenge to organizations on a worldwide basis.

Built on the core training from the BPM Group that is accredited through the Edexcel Examination Board in the UK and honoured in over 100 countries worldwide, the Certification in Process Management Program applies stringent requirements of accredited training, working competency and continued professional education as integral components of the certification process.

The new program is aimed at ensuring momentum toward professionalism continues and provides recognition for people at all levels.

“The BPM Group (BPMG) has long provided certification of its programs through the Edexcel Examination Board in the UK. We understand that meaningful certification is needed for organizations both in and outside of the 100+ countries where the exam board is recognized,” stated Steve Towers, BPM Group CEO. “In response to this demand and in recognition of the growing stature of the BPMG within the Process community, we are pleased to announce this new certification program for Process Management.”

Successful award of the certifications gives qualifying professionals the right to use the letters CPMP, CPMM and CPMG respectively. The use of the letters is permitted until the end of the calendar year following the award. In order to maintain certification and use of the designations CPMP, CPMM, CPMG all certified professionals must demonstrate continued learning (qualifying CPD/CEU points) that meets the minimum requirements for their respective certification.

Initially the qualification is offered at 3 levels. Additional plans are underway to allow a fourth level for those starting out on the Process journey. The program will be run alongside the current accredited Certificate/ Award/ Diploma program conducted by the BPM Group, and participants will still have the option of gaining the Edexcel qualification should they choose.

The award of the Practitioner level qualification will apply retrospectively to the 750+ professionals who have undertaken the “5 Day BPM Certification Class” in 2004/5, provided they have submitted (and had approved) their project portfolio and met continuing education requirements.

From January 2006, all those wishing to do so will be able to have their details listed on the register of “Certified Process professionals” that will be carried on the BPMG web site and will provide a valuable resource for those seeking competent staff and consultants.

Additional details on the CPM program are available on the BPMG website at http://www.bpmg.org/Newsletters/Newsletter_13_CPM_announcement.html.

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