There are a lot of certifications in the market, sometimes confusing a practitioner which one to choose.

Comparative studies such as ones conducted by Global Alliance for the Project Professions rate the IPMA certifications very highly. Studies by IPMA USA on three factors: prerequisites, breadth, and rigor show higher effectiveness of IPMA certification.

Regardless of the choose, the real value of certification is intrinsic to each individual. We believe, it should promote self-reflection and serve as a stepping stone for life-long learning for personal and professional development, not as a destination. We are working towards offering IPMA certification for entire professional career of project professionals. We are now starting by offering:

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

Assessment Basis

The frame of reference for the assessment process of the IPMA 4LC is the Competence Elements (CE) as defined in the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline® (IPMA ICB®). It is the IPMA Standard for certification and is used for the assessment of candidates. Download it from ‘Documents in English’ section here.

Competence in projects is a collection of knowledge, personal attributes, skills and relevant experience needed for successful completion of projects. Project manager facilitates multiple activities for achieving the ultimate objectives conforming to socio, political, economic & legal environment and execution within the stipulated time & cost budget.

Self–assessment of your knowledge (and application) of PM Competence Elements in three competence areas (Perspective, People, and Practice) based on ICB4® six-stage taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation) is a must for all IPMA certifications. It needs to be carried out conscientiously and truthfully. It, therefore, requires some time. Be familiar with the description of the competence elements. Your self–assessment of competences should be assessed based on these descriptions.

The overall assessment covers the entire certification process, the computer-based tests and interview. To pass the exam, candidate must demonstrate throughout the certification mastery of at least 80% of the Competence Elements of the ICB4® for project management.

Reference materials

Syllabus, suggested reading, sample questions and making schemes can be downloaded from here.

On Exam Day

You should arrive 30 minutes before start of the exam with identification document at the test center in Nepal. Details of the center will be provided to you once your application is accepted and payment is received by pma.

Certified Project Manager (IPMA Level C®)

On certification day, first a computer-based essay type open-question written exam (1.5 hours) will be conducted. It will have 18 questions.

After a short break, it will be followed by an interview (1.5 hours) conducted via Video and Web Based Conferencing (VWBC) with Lead Assessor in Austria and a Co-Assessor at the test center.

Certified Project Management Associate (IPMA Level D®)

On certification day, first a computer-based multiple-choice exam (1.5 hours) will be conducted. It will have 120 questions testing 28 competence elements. After a 10-minute break, it will be followed by computer-based case study written exam (1.5 hours). Both parts are closed book exams. Reference materials will not be allowed to be used. Only a non-programmable pocket calculator (mobile phones may not be used) and pencils/pens will be allowed.

If you have any concerns or questions, please write to us at certification@pman.org.np.