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Update-- 9 December, 2013: The aPRO Standard for the asapm Performance Rated Organization is now available under Creative Commons licensing!

Dateline--5 April, 2010: The aPRO Standard for the asapm Performance Rated Organization is now available. We received a tremendous number of comments in response to our Exposure Draft, with some suggestions for improvement, and high praise for this initiative. The now-adopted standard is available.

Download the Published aPRO Standard:
Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
Microsoft Word doc format.

One of our greatest take-aways from the comments we received is the need to improve understanding of the distinctions and benefits of threshold Performance competence, a novel, effective and efficient method of assessment used in both aPRO and in our Advanced practitioner PM Certification levels.

Thank you for your participation, and we are confident you will be able to use the aPRO standard to assess, improve and certify your organization's pm performance! To support you, we offer two ways to begin your assessment:

  • If you are interested in becoming a Recognized Assessor, or in self-assessing your organization, click here.
  • If you want a list of currently Recognized Assessors, click here.

License and Terms of Use for this Standard, as cited in the document.

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  • for any purpose, even commercially.

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  • You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
  • No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.

This document should be referenced as:
asapm Performance Rated Organization: Standard for Assessing Organizational Project Management Performance. Colorado Springs: American Society for the Advancement of Project Management, 2013.



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