IPMA International Project Management Association

IPMA Standards

IPMA’s vision is “Promoting competence throughout society to enable a world in which all projects succeed.” Therefore, IPMA has defined a worldwide standard for competences in the areas of Project, Programme and Portfolio Management. For Individuals, we have defined the Individual Competence Baseline®, ICB version 4 (for free download click here); We have defined the standard for excellent projects, the Project Excellence Baseline® or PEB (for free download click here), and we have defined the standard for organisations, the IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline® or OCB (for free download click here). Based on the ICB4, we have also defined a competence baseline for coaches, trainers and consultants in the field of projects, programs and portfolios, the ICB4CCT (for free download click here).

IPMA standards – IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline (IPMA OCB)

Project management is a key competence for many organisations. In order to improve this competence, you want to know where you stand, and what are the possibilities. What is your organisation’s maturity level? Getting to the highest level should not be the goal for organisation but getting to the right level is! What is the right level for your organisation?

In the IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline, or IPMA OCB, we describe the levels but more importantly also the competences. Now you can assess what level your organisation is.

The IPMA OCB describes 18 organisational competencies in 5 areas, as indicated in the picture. These competences are crucial when trying to bridge the gap from mission, vision, strategy to actual tangible results.

The IPMA OCB can be used for self assessment, for analysis of the current situation. In our experience, using the OCB as a framework and language to start discussions about improvements is very valuable. For consultants and coaches it is a key model to use when understanding the organisation. The IPMA OCB, together with IPMA ICB and IPMA PEB, forms the basis for IPMA’s Delta assessment, about which you can read more here.

The IPMA OCB does not prescribe a method, methodology, or specific process. You can use the competency model in any organisational context, it is not related to a specific field (like ICT or investment or government or research). In this, it is different from many other maturity assessment models.

You can read the IPMA OCB online, download the pdf for free or order a book here. Now YOU can become a part of creating a society in which all projects succeed.


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