Evaluation & Certification

General Information

The certification is a process focused on assessing candidates’ project, programme and portfolio management competence. ‘Competence’ refers to the ability to acquire and knowledge and skills in project management in a relevant context. The certification establishes that a person has this competence. To achieve the IPMA certification, candidates must demonstrate an acceptable level of understanding, knowledge and practical experience of project management as defined by the IPMA Competence Baseline.

Certification is an assessment based on a level-specific combination of:

      Self-assessment

      Written exam

      Report on the management of a project, programme or portfolio 

      Interview

 

Initial certification process steps

 

 

IPMA LEVEL

Stage

Step

A

B

C

D

1

 

 

 

 

 

Application

R

R

R

R

Curriculum Vitae

R

R

R

R

Self-assessment

R

R

R

R

List of projects/programmers/portfolios

R

R

R

O

Report proposal

R

R

O

N/A

2

 

 

 

 

People to be contracted for references (referees)

R

R

R

O

360-degree assessment

O

O

O

N/A

Exam

O

O

R

R

Oral Exam

N/A

N/A

N/A

O

3

 

Report

R

R

R

0

Competence development plan

0

0

0

0

4

Workshop

0

0

0

N/A

 

 

Certification Significance 

What usually makes someone a "good" project manager is their experience, the fact that they have made mistakes and learnt from them in a real project environment and that they have achieved success in a real project environment. Experience on a range of projects and, most particularly, on complex projects can never be underestimated. But neither can the right sort of academic qualifications and relevant training. A project manager with the right credentials, such as one with an IPMA Certification, is not necessarily better at leading and directing projects, but the qualification itself is an indication of how serious that person is to be recognized as a professional. That in itself is an indication of drive and determination to succeed which are qualities that are far more likely to contribute to a successful project as well as to a successful career.

 

Benefits of the certification

Enrollment in the certification programme is an incentive for the managers of projects, programmes and portfolios to:

      Expand and improve their knowledge and experience

      Continue their education and training

      Improve the quality of project management

      Achieve the project objectives more effectively

      It provides peer recognition of one’s competence.