Since the beginning there has been no well-defined career path for project controls disciplines in industry! Project Controls cannot be easily learned on the job, and few companies can offer training or mentoring.
The variability created has been a handicap for both the people trying to perform the roles and companies who are trying to gain advantage out of deploying best practices.
Working in conjunction with Planning Planet we have been able to conceive the first professional body representing the Project Controls discipline - The Guild of Project Controls - The Guild
Planning Planet is hosting us in our infancy and we are launching the Guild in two phases The first phase will allow people to apply for membership without accreditation and the second phase will be the launch of the full accreditation process. The Guild of Project Controls (The Guild or CPG)
The Guild is:
- Independent, transparent and supported by major employers
- Not for profit; sensible fees to be used for the good of the membership
- Founded on pan-industry, professional standards, maintained via an ongoing process of development
- Independent and in a position to collaborate with employers and professional or educational establishments
- RUN BY leading Planners & Project Controls PROFESSIONALS
- RUN FOR Planners & Project Controls PROFESSIONALS
The Guild is:
- A Centre of Excellence for Contract Administration, Planning & Scheduling, Cost -Estimating, Forensic Analysis & Project Controls
- Supported by the Global Community and it’s Employers
The Guild is designed to support companies and individuals with:
- Career Path/Professional development
- Certifications to Prove Competency
- Project Controls Systems Resources
Download the Guild Presentation here
- Get access to Standards of Practice for self-training and self-improvement.
- Access to a career path recognised by employers.
- Elevate your profile and standing in your field; obtain a Guild Accreditation.
- To incorporate globally recognised Standards of Practice into your work methods.
- Increase your personal competitiveness as an individual.
- Gain recognition of your achievements and the benefits you provide to your potential employers.
- Gain help with finding organisations that will use your capabilities to the full and provide you with challenging opportunities.
- Have access to the Guilds knowledge base and practice standards.
- Be able to use the Guilds support infrastructures to address your personal work practices and support needs.
- Get access to recognised career paths for your Project Controls Professionals.
- Incorporate globally recognised standards into your Project Control practices.
- Increase your competitiveness as a company through using proven methods.
- Propose tenders and project bids that are supported by fully Accredited teams.
- Gain credibility as an Organisation of Excellence through Guild Accreditation.
- Gain access to Guild recognised good-practice training bodies.
- Gain access to help with the recruitment of experts, graduates and apprentices.
- Have your Project Control practices assessed against industry-wide standards.
- Have access to a pool of expertise to address your project performance issues and recovery action.
- Have access to a pool of expertise to create the architecture of your individual projects or corporate practices.
CAREER PATH / MEMBERSHIP TYPES:
The Guild has defined the following Membership Categories:
- Member – a proven basic level of capability
- Associate – a proven competent practitioner
- Senior – an advanced level practitioner
- Fellow – a practitioner operating as a specialty expert
The Guild supports the individual discipline (i.e. Planning or Claims) career paths as well as the overall (i.e. Project Controls) career path:
- Planning & Scheduling - time and scope management
- Contract Admin / Information Management - contract awareness / doc control
- Cost Estimating - schedule cost / budget management
- Forensic Analysis - claims and issues resolution
- Project Controls - encompassing all of the above
Global differences and corporate needs and standards will likely require the elements, equivalent levels and role descriptors to be amended via the work being done by the Educational Development Committee. The matrix below provides further context into these career paths: