Our Professional Development Programmes 

Professional development and good practice are at the very centre of the Association’s objectives. Each year, the professional development element of our programme is geared to respond to the needs of people working at different stages in their careers. 
In addition to the wide range of seminars, the Major Projects Association offers its membership a number of professional development opportunities: 

Rising Stars ​

The Rising Stars seminars are 2 day residential events aimed at talented people in member organisations who are on track for responsible positions in management. The programme focuses on analysing key issues and expolring different ways of thinking

Challenge of Major Projects 

The Challenge of Major Projects is an annual course which  always attracts a varied and high powered group who benefit from the
course material presented by a team of experts.

Major Projects Simulator 

The Major Projects Simulator has been designed to help members in the training of their project managers and brings to life many of the universal challenges of major projects. It requires teams to make decisions in several key areas including:


The Major Projects Association mentoring scheme is designed to support key decision makers (for example: project sponsors, senior responsible officers, project or programme directors) in member bodies, facing challenges in particularly large, complex or innovative projects

Research Grants 

In 2010 the Major Projects Association established a grant for PhD students. In 2011 the Board of Directors increased the funding available in order to offer two distinct grants which are open to PhD students undertaking research in any discipline relating to the undertaking of complex major projects

Academic Courses 

See relevant courses run by our academic members 

Space on all of these programmes is limited. You are advised to contact the Association if you would like to reserve a place using the form below.