Become Recognized as a Professional – Certification

We offer world’s leading role-based IPMA Four Level Certification (4-L-C) in collaboration with Projekt Management Austria (pma). pma, one of the mature leading member associations of IPMA, offers certifications to project, program and portfolio managers; project management trainers, consultants and coaches; and organizations based on IPMA’s Competency Standards.

There are more than 200,000 IPMA certified professionals worldwide.

The IPMA 4-L-C for project, program and portfolio management personnel is managed by Certification Validation Management Board and offered by Certification Bodies of member associations. The IPMA 4-L-C System operates within 3 domains: project, program and portfolio management and includes 4 levels of competence that can be interpreted as a career path in project management:

  • Certified Project, Program, or Portfolio Director (IPMA Level A®)
  • Certified Senior Project, Program, or Portfolio Manager (IPMA Level B®)
  • Certified Project Manager (IPMA Level C®)
  • Certified Project Management Associate (IPMA Level D®)

You do not need to start at Level D and move your way up to C and B and A! You can apply directly for the desired level. Certification process includes several steps. To learn about eligibility criteria, process, and areas of responsibility expected for each level, visit here.

The level of competence for a candidate is evaluated by assessors who are trained in the IPMA certification assessment process. The evaluation is a fair, valid with reliable process based on candidate evidence.

Once you receive certification, you can use the title abbreviation after your name on your business cards and stationery. You also have the option to be listed as a certified professional on our website as well as on IPMA’s web directory.

Re-certification is required after a 5-year period for all levels and is based on evidence of continuing involvement in project, program or portfolio management at the appropriate level and evidence of Continuing Professional Development CPD).

Currently, we are offering:

  • Certified Project Manager (IPMA Level C®)
  • Certified Project Management Associate (IPMA Level D®)

Certified Project Management Associate (IPMA Level D®) is suitable if you want to deepen knowledge of project management and apply methods reliably. You need to prove knowledge of methods & processes in accordance with IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (4.0). Project management experience (as a project team member, Assistant PM, PM Consultant, PM Specialist, Project Analyst, …) is an advantage but not essential. This is the first step for many towards a professional project or program manager role. Achieving IPMA Level D certification is international recognition of your knowledge about managing projects. You have shown to know and how to apply the competences as described by the IPMA International Competence Baseline®. It is similar to the exam-oriented, knowledge-based certifications of other major project management associations.

Certified Project Manager (IPMA Level C®) is suitable if you already have several years of experience in project management and can plan and run projects independently. You need to prove knowledge of methods & processes in accordance with IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (4.0). You need to have at least 3 years of project management experience during the last 6 years as a Project Manager (or Project Coordinator, Project Officer, Team Leader, …) with overall responsibility on moderately complex projects or a leader of sub-team of a large complex project.