Creating a Profession for PLM Practitioners


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The PLM industry needs a recognised, worldwide professional structure for the people who work within it. The Professional PLM Initiative has been set up to fulfil this need.



The Initiative covers the whole spectrum of what it means to be 'professional' in PLM.  This will be a significant step forward, and will change the way that PLM practitioners work.



The Initiative is inclusive and interactive.  This web site shows the latest developments, and how you can get involved.


PLM as a Profession

Professional PLM - Associate Programme


The Professional PLM Initiative provides a managed and interactive learning programme for practitioners to improve their PLM professionalism.


The collaboration involved in forming a Professional Body, and of establishing official qualifications and certification, will generate a new Body of PLM Knowledge and create new best practices that everyone can apply.


There is a demand for PLM practitioners to be able to use this new material as soon as it is created.

The PLMIG has therefore devised the Professional PLM Associate programme, which enables individual practitioners from all types of organisation to learn from this neutral body of knowledge and tools, and make use of them in their own implementations.


PLM as a Profession


Active Involvement

This is not a route to a professional qualification in a few years' time, but a programme of active professional improvement that can be followed now.

The 12-month programme runs throughout 2024.  It is designed to expand the skills of the participant and also to be applicable to real-world PLM.

It enables practitioners from any part of the world, and at any level of experience, to access the same central pool of advanced PLM thought; enhance their career planning and horizons; interact with other Associates; and leverage the PLMIG to resolve actual live problems they encounter.

Thus the participants add value and improvement to themselves, their organisations and their implementations as they learn.


PLM as a Profession



The Associate Programme has 5 main elements:-




Mobilisation commences with a 'Starter Pack' of career-positioning guidance to help the Associate think through this process and produce a personal career template.

Monthly Material Feed


The monthly feed of practical working material expands the Associate's thinking and provides tools that can be used in practice to improve their ongoing in-house PLM operations.

Body of Knowledge


Associates can cross-reference what they are doing and learning against the neutral PLM Body of Knowledge, gaining from it and contributing to it as they do so.

Operational Q&A


The Associate Programme is designed to provide practical help as well as education and development.  Associates can send in A4-sized overviews of issues they are encountering, and receive a PLMIG response.  Experience has shown that this ideas exchange is enough to break the implementation barrier and move forward.

Associate Interaction


Associates can work with each other via on-line meetings, on Agendas that they set for themselves.  This enables them to share ideas and working techniques directly, at whatever level of detail they choose.


PLM as a Profession



The programme enables participants to visualise and manage their career; to see in advance how their career may progress; and to make choices based on the evolving professional structure that will enhance that progress.  For those in academia, it provides a real-world input to complement their studies.


The initial orientation sets up the detailed programme, in which Associates cross-reference their skills against the Neutral Syllabus and map their ongoing techniques to the PLM Body of Knowledge.


Participants then apply and respond to the written tools and methods that the programme provides.


Over time these effects lead to improvements in PLM visibility, operational effectiveness and governance.


The participant's organisation benefits from the enhanced skills applied to ongoing projects; can provide more effective training and career support; and can incorporate learnings and best practice from other participating companies as Associates liaise with each other over the course of the programme.

There are also extensive corporate benefits in terms of global integration, with staff mobility across divisions and geographies, aligned to a common level of expertise.

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PLM as a Profession


How to Join


If you would like to join the Professional PLM Associate Programme, you can Register here.

You will receive the Mobilisation Pack and the published material to that point, and can start the interaction as soon as you put it into practice.

You can request any other information via .

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