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Cheshire Cat One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'
said Alice.
'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the cat.
'I don't much care where -,' said Alice
'Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,' said the cat.

Lewis Carroll, 1865:55  

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PMI’s Career Central 
PMI's Career Central is designed to provide project management practitioners with a comprehensive resource to assist your career development. The Career Central page links to all of the career related resources on the PMI Website including:
- Search for jobs by region, keyword or industry to find opportunities that match your professional goals (primarily USA based jobs - see PMI's Career Headquarters).
- Career coaching (also see Mosaic's Executive Mentoring and Coaching).
- Certifications (also see below).
- Training and events,
- The PathPro™ Career Framework.
Go to the PMI Career Central page

PMI’s PathPro™ Career Framework
The PathPro™ Career Framework is a free research-based* self and peer assessment tool that enables individuals and organisations develop planned project management career paths.  Via the web-based interface, individuals can plan and guide their career in project, program or portfolio management, see where they currently are, and decide how to move ahead. Career Central also helps organisations that employ project and program management practitioners develop an effective project management career path. [Go the the PMI PathPro™ home page]

The PMI PathPro™ online career assessment tool is designed to help plan and control your career development. Proficiency assessments enable practitioners to evaluate themselves against PMI’s sample job descriptions or the custom organizational job descriptions. Additionally, practitioners may request assessments from their supervisor, peers, stakeholders, customers, etc. Career Framework is available to all PMI members and holders of a PMI credential. You use your account information to log onto the PathPro website (if you have not yet registered with, you will need to do this before you are able to access the PathPro website).  Once you’re in you’ll be able to:
  • Research those skills necessary to manage a project.
  • Assess your current skill set.
  • Decide which PMI credential is best for you at each level of your career.
  • Plan for future career growth!             Sign in at
Results from PMI’s Project Management Salary Survey indicate that over two-thirds of corporations that employ project managers lack official project management career paths to help their employees develop and progress both horizontally and vertically. For example, a planned path may allow employees to advance from management of smaller, less complex projects to projects of larger magnitude, or to advance from project management to program or portfolio management. Career Framework is designed to help organisations create career paths internally and identify the skills needed by project managers at every stage of their career.  
Organisations may obtain a free licence to use Career Framework to develop a project management career path that will help plan PM career development activities and contribute to the organisation’s project management maturity and success.  Sign in at

Career Framework Contents
PMI's Career Framework includes 5 job descriptions (3 in project management, 1 in program management, and 1 in portfolio management). Each description identifies a set of skills in management, leadership, communication and industry-specific knowledge required by project, program and portfolio managers. It leads individuals along a path to refine or acquire the needed knowledge and skills to advance their career.

Organisations can customise their private instance of the Career Framework to suit the specific needs of their business. The sample positions developed by PMI can be edited and/or entirely new positions created. For more information and assistance in this aspect of using the tool contact

The following baseline components may be modified by an organisation:
 - Job definitions
 - Project/Program/Portfolio management skills
 - Leadership skills
 - Interpersonal skills
 - Project typology including attributes of complexity
 - Levels of proficiency
 - Job requirements for credentials  (PgMP, PMP or CAPM -
see 'Selecting your PMI Certification below)
 - Educational requirements (University degrees, etc.)

Career Framework complements the OPM3® global standard (Organizational Project Management Maturity Model) created by PMI in 2003. OPM3 helps organizations to assess and develop their ability to deliver projects successfully, consistently and predictably; and is consistent with the 'Project Manager Competency Development Framework'. For additional information on these standards [see Mosaic's Books Page] and visit our [OPM3 Home Page].   

For more information on the PMI Career Framework and a 'guided tour', see:

Mosaic's training options support many aspects of the Career Framework, see Mosaic's courses mapped to a career framework. Mosaic's courses include the full range of PMI Certifications [see 'Selecting your PMI Certification below] plus a wide range of specific workshops on-site Mentoring and Assistance for organisations
and personal Project Management Coaching and Mentoring.
* PMI's world leading research to develop 'Career Framework' involved interviews, surveys and feedback from thousands of project, program and portfolio managers around the world and is on-going.  Information entered into 'Career Framework' assists in this research, but PMI staff can only see aggregate data; individual and organisational data is protected.
Career Framework
Click on image to see how the PathPro™ Framework is built

Key Resources:

Project Manager Competency Development Framework 
The Standard for Portfolio Management

The Standard for Program Management

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 5th Edition
For additional information see Mosaic's Books Page
Career Framework Customisation

Customising PMI's career framework is relatively straightforward but is assisted by a good knowledge of PMI's Standards and Credentials. Mosaic is ideally placed to assist organisations in the initial development of their career framework and to provide on-going support and mentoring to their nominated system administrator.

For more information contact
Knowledge Acquisition Options
Mosaic's 'How To' series of workshops focus on the practical skills needed to undertake key project management processes and incorporate practical information on templates, methodologies and tools. See Mosaic's 'How To' series.

Mosaic's Executive workshops and briefings are designed for project and program managers, and the mangers of project and program managers, focused on advanced project management topics. See Mosaic's Executive Workshops.

Or consider
personal Project Management Coaching and Mentoring.

Other Certification Frameworks:
There are three non PMI certification frameworks of significance in Mosaic's areas of business. Each has a focus that may be relevant to some project management practitioners and are listed here for completeness.  The PMI Career Framework can be adapted to work with these other certification frameworks:
AIPM's certification system. Based on the AIPM Competency Framework the certifications are awarded based on demonstrated competencies in the workplace. Upgraded and overhauled in 2008 to focus more on behaviours, certification is awarded based on workplace assessments and evidence. [For additional information see below]
IPMA’s 4 level certification system. Based on the IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) the certification is awarded by National Project Management Associations that are IPMA members, including APM in the UK. See diagram for grades and titles D to A.
AXELOS certification system PRINCE2, MSP. Focused on the PRINCE2 and MSP methodologies originally developed by OGC in the UK and widely used in Europe and parts of Australia. These certifications are exam based and are focused on practitioners working in organisations using the methodologies. Courses and examinations can only be offered by accredited training organisations.

Mosaic's focus on the PMI framework of credentials is a business capacity decision. We feel we are unable to develop high quality courseware and skills in more than one major project management certification system and prefer to work within the knowledge framework and examination system offered by PMI. If you need the PRINCE2, MSP or AIPM credentials, we can certainly provide advice and recommendations. Dr. Lynda Bourne is a certified MSP Practitioner and Patrick Weaver has been involved in the development of the AIPM competency framework over many years.

For more information on the PMI Career Framework, see:
Download Mosaic's paper discussing certifications: 'Supercharge Your Project Performance'

Mosaic Course Bookings

- View our current PMI public course schedule -

Public Training Course Bookings are made from this schedule

Need More Information?
To discuss your training requirements, please complete an [Information Request Form]
Telephone (03) 9696 8684 or simply email your request to:-

AIPM Certification Framework (the RegPM process) & CPD Requirements

The AIPM certification framework is focused on certifying competent project personnel, not the very  few people achieving the 1st tier of excellence.  It is designed as a pragmatic and practical system of assessment and continuing professional development.

Certifications available:
  • CPPP: The Certified Practicing Project Practitioner level is suitable for team members who are applying their project management knowledge to projects, contributing to projects plans and participating in team meetings.
  • CPPM: The Certified Practicing Project Manager will plan projects, manage teams and implement projects in consultation with higher authorities.
  • CPPD: The Certified Practicing Project Director will regularly direct projects, assess that the progress is in line with the organisational goals and analyse their effectiveness.
  • CPPE: The Certified Practicing Portfolio Executive will monitor a series of projects and evaluate what projects are most beneficial towards the whole organisations strategy.

Continuing Professional Development requirements  

From July 2008, to renew your AIPM certification, mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is required, the number of points to be earned are 70 in a three year cycle for all levels of qualification:
  • CPPP: The Certified Practicing Project Practitioner.
  • CPPM: The Certified Practicing Project Manager.
  • CPPD: The Certified Practicing Project Director.
  • CPPE: The Certified Practicing Portfolio Executive.
      See more on CPD Categories
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Mosaic's short courses and workshops generally comply with the AIPM CPD requirements under Category B08 (typically 2 points per hour to a maximum of 20 per workshop).

The AIPM Credentials

Background to the new credentials

In the early 1990s the AIPM developed project management competency standards for Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) levels 4, 5 and 6. These were approved as National Standards in 1996 which were then reviewed in 2003 and a revised set of National Standards was issued in 2004. Since then the project management body of knowledge and industry expectations of project management have increased substantially [download PDF for more detailed information on the development of the Standards]. The new credentials have been designed to:

The AIPM RegPM Process (check the AIPM web site for any updates to this information - see

If you wish to apply for the RegPM, the process is as follows:

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