IPMA International Project Management Association

Become Recognised as a Professional – Certification

IPMA level A certification is the highest internationally recognised level as project, programme and/or portfolio professional. You have shown to possess the competences as described in the IPMA International Competence Baseline®, and have shown to consistently, over a minimum number of years, apply those competences in a highly complex environment, taking full responsibility in a leading role. You are a professional amongst professionals, recognised by your peers and your customers. You truly deserve your position: project director, programme director or portfolio director.

If you are looking for persons that have achieved this international qualification, please visit our database to contact them.

The entry criteria for project, programme and portfolio director are detailed out below. You can contact your local Membership Organisation or Certification Body for more details. Please use our form here to contact them.

The process for achieving certification is detailed in this page.

Entry Criteria for Project Director

An IPMA certification Level A for project management requires that the candidate has acted in a very complex project environment that has a strategic impact on the organisation. Eligibility criteria include that within the last twelve years, the candidate needs to have a minimum of five years experience as a project manager in a responsible leadership function in very complex project of which at least three years were at a strategic level.

Entry Criteria for Programme Director

An IPMA certification Level A for programme management requires that the candidate has acted in a very complex programme environment that has a strategic impact on the organisation. Eligibility criteria include that within the last twelve years, the candidate needs to have a minimum of five years experience as a programme manager in a responsible leadership function in very complex programme at a strategic level, or a minimum of four years experience as a programme manager in a responsible leadership function in very complex programme and a minimum of three years experience as a project manager in a responsible leadership function managing very complex projects at a strategic level.

Entry Criteria for Portfolio Director

An IPMA certification Level A for portfolio management requires that the candidate has acted in a very complex portfolio environment that has a strategic impact on the organisation. Eligibility criteria include that within the last twelve years, the candidate needs to have a minimum of five years experience as a portfolio manager in a responsible leadership function in very complex portfolios at a strategic level or a minimum of four years of experience as a portfolio manager in a responsible leadership function in very complex portfolios and a minimum of three years experience as a project or programme manager in a responsible leadership function managing very complex projects or programmes at a strategic level.


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