Creating a Profession for PLM Practitioners


The Home of Professional PLM

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



The Initiative covers the whole spectrum of what it means to be 'professional' in PLM.  Bringing this together is 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


The Professional PLM Initiative aims to establish a professional structure within the PLM industry that will support its practitioners, and the discipline of PLM itself, in line with evolving methods and technologies.


PLM practitioners will continue to be undervalued until the work that they do is made clear to the rest of the business world. Forming a single, global PLM Profession is the way to make this happen.



The Mission of the Initiative is to raise PLM onto the same level as existing professions, by bringing together PLM practitioners from around the world to form a single, global Professional Body that will support and maintain the discipline into the long-term future.



  Impact on PLM


The drive to form a specific profession for PLM will not only raise profile and awareness amongst other disciplines, but will have the effect of expanding and integrating the worldwide PLM industry.


As the Initiative reaches through the world's manufacturing countries it will spread good practice and cross-fertilise ideas.  This effect can be leveraged by the Steering Group to actively influence and enhance the direction, growth and adoption of PLM.



The Professional PLM Initiative will produce all of the documents, specifications and tools that are necessary to define the scope and activity of Professional PLM.


This will be a huge area of rediscovery for PLM practitioners - to see in writing the full set of skills and expertise that they should possess.

See what is involved >>>

  Features of the Profession


Defining and establishing a new profession is a complex exercise, and there are many issues and parameters to consider.  The welcome page of this web site takes you to the heart of the debate.


Starting with the background debate ("Should there be a profession at all"), and ranging through roles & grades, the impact of a profession, deliverables and timing; this is the Navigation start point for the Initiative.

Welcome >>>



The Steering Group has identified 3 themes that should have the most initial impact.


Progress will be focused on these areas as part of a comprehensive overall plan.


Neutral PLM Syllabus

The Working Group has produced an initial draft Neutral PLM Syllabus.

Add your feedback about its scope and content.


Global Education Map

Liaising with PLM training and education institutions around the world will develop a map of training provision and opportunities for learning.


Digital Future

The PLM Profession must equip its practitioners for the working environments of 5-years' and 10 years' time.  This requires skills and expertise in Digital Transformation.


  How to Participate in the Initiative



The way to benefit from the Professional PLM Initiative is to interact with it.  Companies can join the Steering Group, and individual practitioners can become Correspondents or Associates.

If you have any specific ideas or feedback about the material on this site then you can add your views directly.


Steering Group


Working Group


Correspondents & Associates





Find Out More


Follow the links above through to the respective pages, or send your questions or views to .