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Offshore Sector ‘Recognising Competence’ in Delivery of Complex Oil & Gas projects

Offshore Sector ‘Recognising Competence’ in Delivery of Complex Oil & Gas projects

27 August 2015

Earlier this month, 19 Senior Project Practitioners from the Oil and Gas sector commenced the ECITB Registered Project Professional (RPP) Programme.  The seven month long programme awards successful participants the Association for Project Management’s (APM) RPP designation.  RPP is the next step on the ladder of professional achievement for Project Managers, and one step closer to Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) status in line with the Association of Project Manager’s (APM) progress towards achieving the Royal Charter early next year. 

RPP is a pan-sector standard for managers who can demonstrate the capabilities of a responsible leader and the ability to manage complex projects and use appropriate tools, processes and techniques. It is about recognising individuals who can achieve success in a complex project, programme and portfolio environment through the management of others. 

John Wilkinson, general manager UK & Ireland for Operated and JV Projects at Shell E&P was one of the senior industry figures who offered his support today to the ECITB, and the Offshore Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG) in promoting the RPP programme.  

Lynsey Benson, Offshore account manager for the ECITB said: "The RPP initiative is an important part of what we are trying to achieve in developing and recognising competence in Project Management within the offshore industry. This like so many of the other initiatives we are pioneering it is an excellent example of industry collaboration and a uniformed approach across the sector. We are really delighted that we have such strong support from senior practitioners working within Operators and Contracting organisations, all very passionate in demonstrating their commitment to good project management practice.”

The Offshore RPP Pilot programme is one of several high profile initiatives being developed by the ECITB and the Offshore Project Management Steering Group (OPMSG). Earlier this month the ECITB launched a pioneering webinar series featuring leading experts and practitioners from the Oil & Gas sector to promote good practice and knowledge sharing across all energy industries. In November the ECITB will bring together leading industry figures and practitioners at a major offshore conference, focused on cost reduction and collaboration.