IPMA International Project Management Association

About IPMA International

IPMA is a Federation consisting of a network of about 70 Member Associations (MAs). Some MAs are also named IPMA, some have their own name. Our MAs develop project management competences in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with and developing relationships with professionals, corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organisations and consulting companies. Aiding the development of the project management competences is a comprehensive portfolio of products and services. Is there an MA present in your country? Click here to find out more.

Our Vision

Promoting competence throughout society to enable a world in which all projects succeed.

IPMA History

IPMA is the world’s first project management association, founded in 1965. Our Member Associations cooperate to help project and programme managers achieve project and business success. Originally started as an international network to exchange project management experiences, the organisation developed into global organisation in the 1970s, organising courses and events. In 1996 the organisation was renamed as IPMA, International Project Management Association, and started it certification activities. Click here for more information about our history.

How We Run IPMA

IPMA is driven by its members and volunteers. The IPMA boards, teams and Member Associations consist of enthusiastic, experienced project management practitioners. As a global organisation, we collaborate on an ongoing basis, organising regular Executive Board and bi-annual Council of Delegates (for Member Associations) meetings. This “collaborate globally, serve locally” approach to serving our community is unique to IPMA. Executive Board members are elected for a three-year period. See the current Executive Board members here.

IPMA Initiatives

IPMA actively promotes developing competences in project management for individuals, project teams, businesses, organisations and government agencies around the world. To increase the recognition and effectiveness of the project management profession, we:

  • Certify Project Managers in a wide range of specific roles
  • Seek to highlight, improve and increase the perspective-oriented, people-oriented and practice-oriented competences of all project and programme stakeholders, a key prerequisite to initiate success
  • Recognise and award excellent and successful project teams, research projects, and individuals
  • Assess and certify the project management maturity of organisations
  • Support basic and advanced project management education and learning
  • Acknowledge and develop the performance competence of emerging young professionals
  • Offer distinctive and useful project management publications
  • Organise regional and global congresses where professionals can meet and learn

If you want to learn more about our activities, please download our brochure on the bottom of this page, or browse through this site!

IPMA Growing, Moving Forward

IPMA has increased its activities from Europe to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and North and South America. The demand for our products and services and the number of our Member Associations is steadily growing. Through IPMA, project management practitioners from all cultures and all parts of the world can network, share ideas, and move our practice and our stakeholders forward through effective collaboration and cooperation. Is IPMA near to you? Find more information here.

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