Breaking down the P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management: Training and Qualification

Training and qualification are crucial for ongoing development and project success. At GPM, Training and Qualification is an element under the “Labor Practices and Decent Work” category in the P5 Standard, and it is an important one.

According to the P5 Standard, practices for Training and qualification  that project team members have the necessary skills to effectively complete their work. It involves providing instruction, assessing proficiency, monitoring performance, and offering guidance.

According to the P5, The project team should:

  • Identify skills required for the project.
  • Identify skill gaps and development needs of project team members.
  • Avoid placing project team members in roles they are not suited for.
  • Sponsor training programs that enable project team members to learn new skills.
  • Give project team members access to mentors who can offer advice and practical tips on how to improve their skills.
  • Encourage project team members to collaborate with each other and share ideas for professional growth.
  • Establish a system of rewards and recognition for those who improve their skills.

Let’s drill down a little and outline some key reasons why we prescribe these practices.

  1. Enhanced Engagement and Productivity

Imagine this: You have a team of highly skilled and trained individuals who know exactly what they’re doing. They are engaged, motivated, and ready to tackle any project that comes their way. Now, doesn’t that sound like a dream team?

When you invest in training and qualification, you empower your team members to develop their skills and knowledge. This not only boosts their confidence but also enhances their engagement and productivity. They become like superheroes, armed with the right tools and ready to conquer the project world!

  1. Attracting Qualified Individuals

In the competitive world of project management, attracting qualified individuals is like finding a needle in a haystack. But it doesn’t’ have to be. Training and qualification can be your secret weapon.

When potential candidates see that you value continuous learning and development, they’ll be drawn to your organization like bees to honey. People want to work for companies that invest in their growth and provide opportunities to expand their skill sets. By offering training and qualification programs, you’ll have a pool of talented individuals knocking at your door.

  1. Better Project Performance

Picture this: You’re sailing smoothly through your project, ticking off tasks left and right, and delivering exceptional results. It’s like riding a unicorn through a rainbow!

Training and qualification contribute to better project performance by equipping your team with the knowledge and skills needed to overcome challenges and deliver successful outcomes. When everyone is on the same page and knows what they’re doing, projects run more efficiently and effectively.

  1. Organizational Learning and Informed Decision-Making

In the ever-changing landscape of project management, staying ahead of the game is crucial. That’s where organizational learning comes into play.

By encouraging a culture of continuous learning within your organization, you create an environment where knowledge is shared and new insights are gained. This leads to enhanced capabilities, increased efficiency, and the creation of an organizational body of knowledge.

With a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips, you’ll be able to make more informed decisions, avoiding pitfalls and seizing opportunities. It’s like having a crystal ball that helps you navigate the project management realm!

  1. Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Inclusion and diversity are not just buzzwords; they are fundamental to creating a thriving work environment. When you provide equal opportunity in the workplace, magic happens. Why?

  1. It reduces turnover. When employees feel valued and supported, they are more likely to stay with your organization for the long haul. This not only saves you time and resources but also fosters a sense of loyalty and commitment.
  2. it improves organizational morale and productivity. A diverse workforce brings together different perspectives, ideas, and experiences, leading to enhanced creativity, innovation, and problem-solving. It’s like a melting pot of awesomeness!
  3. It builds trust. When employees know that they are treated fairly and have equal access to opportunities, trust between them and their employers flourishes. And trust is the foundation of any successful team.
  4. Local Competence Development

It is also important to remember that the impact of training and qualification on the local community. When you invest in local competence development, everybody wins!

By providing opportunities for skill development in the local area, you contribute to economic growth and social inclusion. This means new and improved skills for individuals, a more sustainable access to a qualified workforce, increased productivity and efficiency, and enhanced innovation opportunities.


Dr. Joel Carboni

Dr. Joel Carboni is a highly respected expert in sustainable project management. He is a graduate of Ball State University and holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and Environment. He has over 25 years of experience in project management, including government, finance, consulting, manufacturing, and education. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events related to project management and sustainability and has worked in more than 50 countries. In addition to serving as President Emeritus of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) in the United States and being a member of the Global advisory board, Dr. Carboni is also the founder of GPM (Green Project Management) and a visiting professor at Skema Business School. He is also the GPM representative to the United Nations Global Compact, where he was a founding signatory of the Business for Peace Initiative and the Anti-Corruption call to action and a contributor to the development of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). Dr. Carboni is the creator of the PRiSM™ project delivery methodology and the P5 Standard for Sustainability in Project Management and has written training programs on Green and Sustainable Project Management that are offered in more than 145 countries through professional training providers, business associations, and universities. He is the lead author of the book "Sustainable Project Management."

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