BPM Group Debuts New Certification in Process Management

CPM program offers organizations means to match process management requirements with professional skills

CPM program offers organizations means to match process management requirements with professional skills

Boston, MA — January 6, 2006 — The BPM Group has debuted the new Certification in Process Management (CPM) program, intended to provide 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 two years of continuous certification at the Manager Level and documented process practice experience of at least 10 years.

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"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," the BPM Group said in its statement announcing the certification program. "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."

The group said that the Certification in Process Management Program, built on the core training from the BPM Group that is accredited through the Edexcel Examination Board in the United Kingdom and honored in over 100 countries worldwide, 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.

Continued Learning Requirements

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 and 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 three 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 retroactively to the 750-plus professionals who took the "5 Day BPM Certification Class" in 2004/5, provided they have submitted (and had approved) their project portfolio and met continuing education requirements.

Henceforth, 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 resource for those seeking certified staff and consultants.

Additional Articles of Interest

— For more information on solutions for business process management, see "BPM Rising," the Net Best Thing column in the October/November 2002 issue ofiSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.

— As technology's benefits hit the wall, one provider believes business process management can boost competitiveness. Read the SDCExec.com article Finding Adaptability in BPM for more on this topic.

Successful supply chain executives differentiate themselves — and their companies — from the competition. Here are the skill sets you need to focus on. Read "Critical Skills for Effective Supply Chain Leaders" in the December 2005/January 2006 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.