IPMA Level A® — Certified Projects Director

Entry requirement: Has at least 5 (five) years of experience in portfolio management and/or programme management with strategic relevance, of which 3 (three) years were in responsible leadership functions in the management of complex portfolios or programmes and has 2 (two) years of experience in managing projects (5=3+2).
�ore competence: Shall be able to manage complex portfolios or programmes
  • Is responsible for the management of a complex portfolio of a company / organisation or a branch of the organisation, or for the management of one or more important programmes;
  • Contributes to strategy and makes proposals to senior management. Develops project management personnel and coaches project managers to improve their competence in PM;
  • Directs senior project managers and project managers and manages the members of the portfolio or programme team;
  • Develops and implements project management requirements, culture, processes, methods, techniques, tools, handbooks, guidelines for his programme or portfolio;
 The main criteria for the complexity of a portfolio or programme (IPMA Level A) are: 
  • Number, importance, variety and complexity of active projects in the programme or portfolio and number of project managers directed;
  • Proposals to the overseeing body for decision and own decisions;
  • Selection and development of project management requirements, processes, methods, techniques, tool, regulations and guidelines in the organisation;
  • Influence on the selection, training and employment of project managers;
  • Coordination of all projects of his portfolio or programme and ensuring compliance to strategy.

 IPMA Level B® — Certified Senior Project Manager

Entry requirement: Has at least 5 (five) years of project management experience, of which 3 (three) years were in responsible leadership functions of complex projects.

Сore competence: Shall be able to manage complex projects:

  • Is responsible for all project management aspects of a complex project and all project management competence elements.
  • Has a general management role in a large project management team and leads managers of sub- projects.
  • Uses adequate project management processes, methods, techniques and tools.
 The complexity of the assessed projects is evaluated for the following ten criteria:
  • Objectives, assessment of results;
  • Interested parties, integration;
  • Cultural and social context;
  • Degree of innovation, general conditions;
  • Project structure, demand for coordination;
  • Project organisation;
  • Leadership, teamwork, decisions;
  • Resources, including finance;
  • Risks and opportunities;
  • Project management methods, tools and techniques.

 IPMA Level C® — Certified Project Manager

Entry requirement: Has at least 3 (three) years of project management experience in responsible leadership functions of projects with limited complexity.
Core competence: Shall be able to manage projects with limited complexity, and / or to assist the manager of a complex project in all competence elements of project management:
  • Is responsible for managing a project with limited complexity in all its aspects, or for managing a sub-project of a complex project;
  • Applies common project management processes, methods, techniques and tools.

 IPMA Level D® — Certified Project Management Associate

Entry requirement: Experience in the project management competence elements is not compulsory; but it is an advantage if the candidate already has applied his project management knowledge to some extent.

Core competence: Shall have the knowledge in all competence elements and be able to apply it:

  • Can practice in any competence element. May work in some fields as a specialist;
  • Works as a project team member or a member of the project management staff;
  • Has broad project management knowledge and the ability to apply it.