Application files

The application files for Levels A, B, C and D can be downloaded below.

The file is a help for those considering to work with the application — before enroling.
Application files for Level A (download)
Application files for Level B (download)
Application files for Level C (download)
Application files for Level D (download)
Candidates manual
Candidates manual can be downoaded below.  Manuals provide step by step instructions and explanations on how to fill and submit the Application forms as well as relevant practical information.
Candidates manual for Level A (download)
Candidates manual for Level B (download)
Candidates manual for Level C (download)
Candidates manual for Level D (download)

ICB available for Download

The ICB is avilable for Download in Adobe Acrobat pdf version from the Resources > Publications section of our website. You can also make arrangements to purchase a printed version at

Application form

 The application form is intended to identify the applicant and the IPMA certification level for which he applies. The application form of the certification body should contain the personal details required. In the application form the applicant also declares that he is well aware of the conditions of the certification process and the obligations of an individual certified in project management. These include the delivery of project, programme and portfolio data and the requirement to pay a certification fee. The applicant should also be aware that lists of certificate holders are publicly available, of the consequences of misusing a certificate or having any interruptions in the continuity of his engagement in project management. The full content of the application is signed off by the applicant.

Curriculum vitae (CV)

CV should cover the following information about applicant:

  • personal information;
  • education;
  • professional qualifications;
  • career details;
  • participation in educational courses and trainings on project management;
  • researched literature on project management;
  • publications of applicant on project management;
  • references.

Self-assessment sheet

The self-assessment for each level and each stage in the applicant’s professional life is a common requirement in the IPMA certification system. The applicant should be able to assess his own competence with increasing accuracy.

List of projects, programmes, portfolios

The list should show all projects, programmes and portfolios the applicant was engaged in during the period of project management experience required for the respective level, in a format provided by the certification body.
For each project, programme or portfolio the individual has been engaged in, detailed information should be given about the project, programme or portfolio characteristics (such as deliverables, phases, cost, budgets, interested parties, management complexity), the applicant’s project management role and his responsibilities within the project, programme or portfolio, and about the duration and intensity of the applicant’s engagement.

Report proposal

The applicant shall submit a report proposal (1-3 pages plus appendices, which include an organisation chart and time schedule). The proposal shall describe:
  • description of the project, programme, or portfolio that the applicant proposes to use for his report;
  • role of applicant in this project, programme or portfolio;
  • organisational structure;
  • schedule of works.

Admittance to attend the certification process

The application form, the list of projects, programmes and portfolios, the references and the self- assessment sheet are the documents used for evaluating the eligibility of the applicant for the certification process. After a formal check by the certification secretariat and evaluation by at least two assessors the applicant will get written approval to participate in the certification process for the appropriate level.

Written Exam

The exam is usually a written test of several hours duration. It is composed of several kinds of questions:
  • Direct questions — 30 Multiple choice tasks (multiple choice, assessment of ability to think logically, answers in 1-2 sentences or selection from a short list);
  • Open essay — 4 open questions (e.g. about a project proposal, project appraisal, process description);
  • Intellectual task (Project case with 6 tasks).

The characteristics of the written exam are shown in table:

IPMA Level C IPMA Level D
Direct questions 17 46
Open essays and/or Intellectual tasks 14 9
Duration minimum 3 hours 3 hours


The reports describe the application of project management competence in real cases:
  • IPMA Level A: to a portfolio or to a programme with a considerable number of projects.
  • IPMA Level B: to a project for which complex project management is adequate.
  • IPMA Level C: to a project for which project management with limited complexity is adequate.
  • IPMA Level D: no report.
The report is an important basis for the interview. In the report typical project management situations, tasks, actions and results, the roles of the candidate and other involved parties, the methods and tools applied and the experience and conclusions gained, are described for a large number of competence elements of the ICB Version 3.
The project report shall be related to the competence elements of the NCB (or ICB if applicable). The candidate shall be encouraged to demonstrate, in the report, competence in as many elements as possible.
The length of the report is variable due to differences in typing ability, complexity/type of project and style of writing:
IPMA Level � IPMA Level � IPMA Level C
Body, pages 15 — 30 10 — 25 5 — 15
Appendices, maximum pages 20 15 10
The candidate should cover defined elements of all three competence range in his report. Minimal number of competence elements, which are described in report are shown in table:
Minimum number of competence elements addressed IPMA Level � IPMA Level B IPMA Level C
Technical 14 14 12
Behavioural 11 8 5
Contextual 8 6 4
 The number of pages relates to a report produced with a font size of 11 pts.
The appendices should provide support for statements made in the report, e.g. time schedule, and should be cross-referenced to the report.
If some competence elements were not relevant in the reported project, programme or portfolio, the candidate should be asked in the interview why this was the case and how he would have dealt with them in another project, programme or portfolio.