The Singapore Society of Project Managers (SPM) is an association of professionals, primarily from the construction industry, with a common interest in promoting and developing the science and art of project management. It promotes and propagates sound managerial, technical and commercial practices relating to the project management profession with the view of enhancing the quality of professional functions undertaken by members of the Society. Its 600 plus members gather to consider and discuss issues relating to the practice of project management.
SPM has interchanges, and from time to time enters into arrangements for joint working, with other associations, societies or institutions carrying a similar work or with government departments, statutory bodies, educational and scientific bodies engaged in training, research or matters relating to the work, theory or practice of project management.
Founded in 1994, the Society has formed alliances or affiliations with several institutions and associations, both local and overseas, with similar interests to build a network and help enhance knowledge and standards of practice of project management.
As a member of the Construction Industry Joint Committee, SPM, together with fellow member associations, is actively promoting the use of Building Information Modelling and other initiatives to raise the productivity of the local construction industry. As a founding member of the Singapore Green Building Council, SPM encourages its members to play an active and intentional project manager’s role in guiding their clients to embrace environmental sustainability philosophy in the implementation of their projects. Workplace health and safety is another area of concern in the construction industry. Not only work methods on construction sites should be safe, but building designs should facilitate safe construction and future maintenance. SPM members are also encouraged to be active safety advocates in facilitating consultants to design out the risks in construction.
On the international relations front, SPM is a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Project Professionals (GAPPS) and has regularly participated in their thought leadership forums. SPM is a member association of the Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (APFPM). It has close ties with the Construction Project Management Committee of China Construction Industry Association (CPMC) and the Hong Kong Institute of Project Management (HKIPM).
The Objectives of the Society of Project Managers are as follows:
- To promote and develop the profession of project management.
- To promote and propagate sound managerial, technical and commercial practices relating to the project management profession with the view of enhancing the quality of professional functions undertaken by its members.
- To stipulate training and experience requirements which its members may accept as qualifications demonstrating adequate project management competency and to examine and certify suitable individuals of the same.
- To support the establishment of formal training programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in project management.