THE INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION ( IPMA )
The INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (IPMA) is a global non-profit project management organisation based in Switzerland. It was first established in 1965 and since then, it has spread around the world through its member associations. It encompasses 45 national project management associations and 40.000 members around the world.
The IPMA actively promotes Project Management to businesses and organisations globally. It, also, certifies professional project managers, awards successful project teams and researchers, and publishes a number of publications. It has successfully spread from Europe to North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with the number of countries joining the organisation steadily growing. Through IPMA, project management professionals from all cultures and parts of the world can network, share views and ideas and help in the advancement of project management.
IPMA clients come from a variety of business sectors:
- IT and Telecommunication
- Industry (building, pharma, automobile, oil and gas)
- Public administration
- Bank and Insurance
- Consultancy and training
- Logistics and Transportation
IPMA Certification Eligibility
To be eligible for the IPMA certification, candidates must meet strict requirements:
- Become a member of the National IPMA member association.
- Possess an acceptable level of understanding, knowledge and practical experience of project management, as defined by the IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB).
- Follow the procedure defined by the National IPMA member association.
IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB)
As the basis for the IPMA 4-Level certification system the IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) is a standard invaluable to project management practitioners and stakeholders. The value of the ICB lies in the fact that it defines the knowledge and expertise expected from the managers of projects, programmes and project portfolios.
In addition to the basic terms, tasks, practices, skills, management processes, methods, techniques and tools used in good project management practice and theory, the ICB contains specialist knowledge and experience, where required, of innovative and advanced practices used in more specific situations.
The ICB is an essential resource for all the required competence elements of project management. As an emerging profession and discipline, it is critical for professionals in the field to have access to the latest and most current information. The 3rd edition of the ICB reflects the collective effort of years of hard work by IPMA’s members and embraces changes in standards, content and language, along with many amendments recommended by practitioners to the revision team of the ICB.