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Certification

Background

If you are an individual wanting to improve your competence as a project manager, program manager, or portfolio manager, or as trainer, consultant or coach, you have come to the right place. Here, you will find information regarding IPMA’s certification schemes and information about international recognition as well as information regarding our products and services for the talented people rather new to our profession. Let us help you in your journey towards becoming or developing your competence as a professional project, portfolio or program manager.

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Project Management Certification

While the IPMA manages the 4-level (4-L-C) certification scheme for individuals, the Certification Bodies of the IPMA Member Associations are responsible for the individual assessments and certification. You can be certified at levels A, B , C or D. The certification process involves several steps for the assessment of a candidate and is described in detail in the International Certification Regulations (ICR).

Assessment Steps

The assessment steps for individuals are applied to each of the IPMA competence level A, level B, level C and level D. When candidates meet the competence requirements, they can apply directly for the desired Level. You do not need to start at level D and move your way up to C and B and A!

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IPMA Level A

Experience must have been acquired within the last 12 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level A are:

  • 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a project manager managing very complex projects of which at least 3 years were at a strategic level

IPMA Level A

Experience must have been acquired within the last 12 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level A are:

  • 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a program manager managing very complex programs at a strategic level, OR

  • 4 years (6,000 hours on-the-job) as a program manager managing very complex programs at a strategic level, AND 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) as a project manager managing very complex projects at a strategic level

IPMA Level A

Experience must have been acquired within the last 12 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level A are:

  • 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a portfolio manager managing very complex portfolios at a strategic level, OR

  • 4 years (6,000 hours on-the-job) as a portfolio manager managing very complex portfolios at a strategic level, AND 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) as a project or program manager managing very complex projects or programs at a strategic level

IPMA Level B

​Experience must have been acquired within the last 8 years. If your career was interrupted (e.g., for military service or parental leave), that period can be extended to 12 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level B are:

  • 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a project manager of which at least 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) were in a leadership role for a complex project

IPMA Level B

Experience must have been acquired within the last 8 years. If your career was interrupted (e.g., for military service or parental leave), that period can be extended to 12 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level B are:

  • 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a program manager of which at least 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) were in a leadership role for a complex program

IPMA Level B

Experience must have been acquired within the last 8 years. If your career was interrupted (e.g., for military service or parental leave), that period can be extended to 12 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level B are:

  • 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a program manager of which at least 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) were in a leadership role for a complex portfolio

IPMA Level C

Experience must have been acquired within the last 6 years. If your career was interrupted (e.g., for military service or parental leave), that period can be extended to 10 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level C are:

  • 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) managing projects of moderate complexity, OR

  • 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) assisting the project manager of a highly complex project





IPMA Level D

There are no experience requirements for Level D. However, most candidates find that 3-6 months working on a project of at least moderate management complexity provides context that is helpful in preparing for the exam.

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