About pm4sd

PM4SD is a structured project management methodology based on PRINCE2®, Projects in Controlled Environments, the de facto project management standard used both in the public and private sector worldwide.

THE FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM (FEST) has developed the PM4SD certification in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University and it is  in charge of maintaining and disseminating the methodology worldwide, APMG INTERNATIONAL, is the certification and examination body.

The PM4SD qualification is organised in two levels

Through the PM4SD sustainability certificate, you will build your planning, management and leadership skills for the tourism sector.

The PM4SD qualification is the next step for anyone involved in this growing industry looking to further demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.

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Why getting the PM4SD Certification?

  • PLAN your destination with sustainability
  • DESIGN successful and sustainable tourism projects
  • MANAGE your sustainable tourism project successfully
  • LEARN how to get funding support for your tourism projects
  • MONITOR how fundings are spent
  • CERTIFY your competences in tourism management
  • INCREASE productivity
  • ENHANCE your career internationally
  • TRANSFORM your project ideas into concrete actions
  • APPLY the sustainable tourism indicators with method
  • NETWORK with key tourism players
  • NETWORKDEVELOP new fresh tourism project ideas
  • How to design, plan and implement sustainable tourism project successfully
  • How to manage your project and your destination with sustainability
  • How to get funding support for your tourism projects
  • How to monitor your project
  • How to delegate and work effectively with your team and stakeholders.

The PM4SD classes will stimulate you in developing new fresh tourism project ideas and one more key benefit is the opportunity to meet and share ideas with peers from the tourism sector who are committed to sustainable tourism.

Who is right for the PM4SD qualification?

  • Executives
  • Programme managers
  • Project managers
  • Team managers
  • Aspiring project managers
  • Project assurance
  • Project support
  • Operational line managers/staff
  • Policy makers
  • Destination managers
  • Tourism researchers and academics
  • Students
  • Public and private tourism organisations
  • Trade bodies
  • Training organisations
  • Donors

PM4SD Foundation Course

The PM4SD™ Foundation training course is a three-day intensive course.

Through dynamic lectures, case studies and small group interaction, you will be prepared to take your tourism management skills to the next level and enhance your contribution to sustainability.

The Foundation training will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to work effectively within a project management team to successfully deliver a sustainable tourism project.

The Foundation level is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner certification.

The Foundation training will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to work effectively within a project management team to successfully deliver a sustainable tourism project.

The foundation level is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner certification.

Exam Format

  • Multiple Choice
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks or more required to pass (out of 50 available) - 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed-book

Certification

By taking the PM4SD qualification you will be certified as Project Manager for the tourism industry.

The certification is released by APMG International.

Once you are PM4SD certified you can display your digital Badge.

PM4SD Practitioner Course

The PM4SD™ Practitioner training course is a two-day intensive course.

Practitioner is the senior PM4SD qualification, suitable for Programme and Project Managers already certified at Foundation level. Building upon the Foundation course, you will:

  • Understand the relationships between the roles, management products, principles, components, techniques and processes;
  • Be able to apply the principles, components and processes to a project;
  • Be able to create and assess management products

You will understand how to tailor PM4SD effectively to a project within an organisation environment supporting PM4SD.

The PM4SD classes will stimulate new sustainable tourism project ideas through dynamic lectures, case studies, and small group interactions.

You will take your tourism management skills to the next level and you will be qualified as a PM4SD™ Practitioner, meaning you will be qualified to coordinate small, medium and large scale tourism projects and also as a trainer.

Exam Format

  • Objective testing
  • 8 questions per paper, with 10 marks available per question
  • 40 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • 2 ½ hour duration
  • Open book exam (PM4SD manual only)

Certification

By taking the PM4SD qualification you will be certified as Project Manager for the tourism industry.

The certification is released by APMG International.

Once you are PM4SD certified you can display your digital Badge.

PM4SD Summer School

"Leadership and Management in Sustainable Tourism" is the PM4SD annual event. The PM4SD summer school is the perfect place to share best practices on how to deliver effective sustainable tourism programmes and is considered one of European tourism’s leading events.

It brings together key people from across the industry: donors, policy makers, industry representatives and project managers, as well as academics and entrepreneurs.

The summer school event was initially created in partnership with as Leeds Metropolitan University and NECSTouR the European Network of Sustainable Regions), It is now managed by FEST in partnership with the European Travel Commission, the patronage of the European Parliament and the participation of European and International Organizations, such as UNWTO, UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Travel Foundation.

2013 PM4SD Summer School

Naples, Italy
“Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism”,
hosted by The Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples

2014 PM4SD Summer School

Seinäjoki, Finland
“Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism”,
hosted by Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences,

2015 PM4SD Summer School

Vitoria Spain
“Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism”,
hosted by Basquetour; in partnership with Vitoria-Gasteiz Council

2016 PM4SD Summer School

Akureyri, Iceland
“Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism”,
hosted by the Icelandic Touristic Board in cooperation with Visit North Iceland

2017 PM4SD Summer School

Parco della Sila, Italy
“Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism: Overtourism at Destinations”,
hosted by Sila National Park

2018 PM4SD Summer School

Paris, France
“Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism: Overtourism at Destinations: Skills, Careers and Strategic Alliances for Sustainable Tourism”,
hosted by Villages Nature©

2019 PM4SD Summer School

Yerevan, Armenia
“Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism: Project Management for Sustainable Development - Success in Tourism - Master Classes by International Experts for Sustainable Tourism,
hosted by United Nation Development Program - UNDP IN ARMENIA

PM4SD Accredited Training Organizations

PM4SD training courses are delivered by Accredited Training Organisations (ATOs), certified by APMG International.

You can ontact them for infos and registration.

How to become a PM4SD trainer

If you are interested in becoming a PM4SD trainer you need to be certified with the Practitioner level and be sponsored by an Accredited Training Organization (ATO).

How to become a PM4SD Accredited Training Organization

If you are a nterested in becoming a ATO you can contact APMG International

ATO
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Country
United Kingdom
Language
English
Delivery option
Classroom Course
ATO
Jlag Europe
Country
United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, Global
Language
English, Italian, French
Delivery option
Classroom Course, Online course
ATO
Project Plus
Country
New Zealand
Language
English, Italian
Delivery option
Classroom Course, Online course
ATO
E-quality
Country
Italy, Global
Language
English, Italian
Delivery option
Classroom Course, Online course

PM4SD Resources

The PM4SD Manual

Includes the full methodology

The PM4SD manual has been translated in Armenian thanks to the support of UNEP Armenia.

Get the Manual

The PM4SD Structure

The PM4SD templates

Templates are management documents to help you create your own reports, plans, monitoring tools

Get the templates

PM4SD® Case Study

Putting the Bulgarian Danube on the Tourism Map

Get Case Study