AnswersWhat is IPMA?
IPMA is an international associations from over 60 countries. IPMA represents  Member Associations on the global level. IPMA plays a leading role in the development and promotion of the project management profession, providing standards and guidelines for the work of a wide range of project management talent through the IPMA Competence Baseline (IPMA ICB®).

Our competency-based Four-Level Certification System for programme and project managers is unique in the World, and widely recognized for its quality. Our ambition is to lead the development and promotion of the project management profession and to help even more organisations realise the benefits of competent program and project management.

We are a Federation of National Member Associations. What are the advantages of that, and how does this differ from other professional associations?
National organizations understand the unique needs and cultures of their respective nations. They are not subject to the mandates of the “parent ship,” because they are fully autonomous, and actively take every policy, process or service action needed to serve their constituencies.

Other organizations serve their members well. And, with their chosen structure, they tend to homogenize all their local representatives, losing the richness of their ability to respond to diverse local needs, customs, and cost structures. IPMA Member Associations are neither subordinate nor franchisees to “the parent ship.” Instead, our Member Associations are the highest level of our governance structure, with our boards and project teams all being volunteers, and answering to our Member Associations.

This is a significantly different model from that of others. And here is another facet to this unique Federal structure. Our Member Association leaders and IPMA leaders are practicing project and program managers. We are not professional association managers. We understand the profession we accelerate in Moving Forward. This also helps to assure our role as the thought leaders in competent practice of program and project management.

Who Is IPMA’s Audience?
Our Member Associations are “part of the family,” so here we are speaking of website visitors. Our Audiences, or Visitors, have another dimension: Who you are, and what you want to know. Our visitors top ten visitor groups are listed below; each may have different interests:

  • Managers and Executives
  • Government Officials
  • Professional Project and Program Managers
  • Certificants in Basic PM who seek Advanced PM Certifications
  • Project Stakeholders Who Seek Greater Project Results
  • Educators and Trainers
  • Students
  • Project Management-related Consultants
  • Researchers
  • Representative of other PM-related Organizations

Visitors’ most popular sections of our website include our Certification section, and our Awards section. Interestingly, three of our top-ten pages use Google Translate: In each case they are Certification pages, in German and French.

How can I/we become a member of IPMA?
Individuals who to join IPMA may apply for membership in national Member Associations. If there is no member association yet in their country, they may approach the member association that is geographically the closest to their country found here

Which are the IPMA Member Associations?
You will find all Member Associations here, organised by continent. See the links in the left column.

Where can I find information about the IPMA Four- Level Certification System?
General certification information can be found here. The standards of the Certification Program are specified in the IPMA Competence Baseline.

How do I get certified?
The Certification Program is carried out by Member Associations and their Certification Bodies. If you have questions regarding training and certification in your country, please contact your Member Association. If there is no Member Association in your country you are welcome to contact any of the other Member Associations. All Member Associations are prepared to guide  project managers in their education towards the IPMA certificates.

What standards do you supply for project management?
IPMA does not provide specific standards for project management processes, as there are as many different processes as there are needs. However, we offer a uniform understanding of the required COMPETENCES. We clearly understand that, while processes and knowledge are useful, without the range of needed competences, PM and business success are elusive. Therefore IPMA has developed the standard for project management competences, ICB: The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB), which serves as a basis for our four level certification program, and mastery of ICB moves you toward initiative success.

When you have mastered needed competences, we also have strategic relationships with the validation body of the most popular project management methodology. This strategic alliance organization offers a true PM methodology, rather than just a knowledge taxonomy, making it useful for a wide range of projects. See the APM Group in our Alliances and Agreements section.

How can I order a hard copy of the ICB?
Record your email address, and download the ICB in pdf-format here. Or, if you prefer, you can request information about purchasing the bound copy. It is available for 30 Euros, plus shipping and any appropriate taxes.

Where can I find details of future IPMA congresses, courses and workshops?
Details of future events can be found in our Events section.

About Navigation

You will note that there are multiple sections of this website, accessed in most cases by the main horizontal menu. Selecting one of those first-level links shows an overview page for that section. Then you can select the detailed topics from the links in the left column.

In this age of multiple ways of connecting to the internet, mobile access will soon overcome the classic desktop or notebook computer access point. For this purpose, this website is optimized for both traditional and mobile access. It should work well with either a mouse on a notebook or desktop computer or a touch screen on a cell phone or tablet. We are very interested in your suggestions for improvement, because as of this moment, this is a new frontier in most websites.

Languages and This Website

We base this website primarily on British English. English is IPMA’s official language. And, reflecting our global Federation of Nations, we also offer instances of our Member Associations’ native languages, usually with translations. You will find these most often in our Articles, in the Resources section of this website.

Some of our commentators use American, Canadian or Australian English. We do not view this diversity as a disadvantage, but as an advantage. More effective communication across language barriers is just another way we continue to demonstrate IPMA’s role as the global representative of competent and performing project and program managers, teams, stakeholders, managers, and executives