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- Become Recognised as a Professional

Doctors without a degree, a taxi driver without driving license? Does not sound trustworthy! Knowledge often needs to be proven, and IPMA certification is a reliable way to prove to others that you control all the elements of project management. 

Four level certification

There are four levels in the IPMA 4-L-C System – Levels A, B, C and D. The IPMA level definitions are constructed against the following core criteria:

  • Level A is constructed in terms of the leadership of others in very complex projects (programmes or portfolios) throughout the life cycle (where applicable) at a strategic level. 
  • Level B is constructed in terms of the leadership of others in projects (programmes or portfolios) and includes complexity throughout the life cycle (where applicable).
  • Level C is constructed in terms of the management of others in projects of moderate complexity throughout the life cycle through the application of knowledge/theory across all relevant competences.
  • Level D is constructed in terms of knowledge across all relevant competences only.

There are three domains in the IPMA 4-L-C System – project, programme and portfolio. In the three domains, projects have four levels (A, B, C and D); programme and portfolio each have two levels (A and B). This creates eight profiles in the IPMA 4-L-C System as shown below:

Project Management Association Finland´s organisation PRYSERT® is responsible for IPMA certification in Finland.

Data on all issued certificates (Level, Name of holder , Date Awarded , Valid Until , Country, Number ) is published quarterly on IPMA pages.

IPMA certification is based on Individual Competences Baseline which can be downloaded at IPMA´s webpage. 

IPMA Individual Competence Baseline®, ICB version 4.0

ICB4.0IPMA has defined a worldwide standard for competences in the areas of Project-, Programme- and Portfolio Management. For individuals, we have defined the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline®, ICB version 4.0. The IPMA Individual Competence Baseline 4th Version (ICB4) delivers a comprehensive inventory of competences for individuals to use in career development, certification, training, education, consulting, research, and more. The standard is designed to help individuals find the correct path to achieve their goals. IPMA envisions that organisations, teams, and individuals will use this standard as an everyday tool for success.
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For the Finnish version click here

What level is right for you?

Choosing the right certification level depends on the years of experience of your project management and the complexity of projects, programs, or portfolios. For each of the eight roles of the IPMA system, eligibility criteria (minimum requirements) have been defined.

Read more about qualification profiles and eligibility criteria

Do you have the required competence for certification?

IPMA defines individual competence as follows:
Individual compentence is the application of knowledge, skills and abilities in order to achieve the desired results.

These three terms are related in that having a skill presupposes some relevant knowledge. Having ability presupposes relevant skills and knowledge, but adds to that the use of these in practice, in the right manner and at the right time.

Objectives of the certification:

  • To contribute towards making project management a recognised career
  • To improve the professional status of project management
  • To provide a focus for industry, commerce and education to recognise that projects should be managed more professionally
  • To assist in improving the competency of project personnel
  • To offer a powerful vehicle for the development of project management competences
  • To provide an independent assessment process which will enable project personnel to demonstrate their competence and their track record in managing projects, based on established standards

Success factors

  • Internationally accepted certification system, including processes and standards
  • Widely accepted standards by industry, commerce and education institutes, and compliance with these procedures
For these purposes, a variety of qualifications and competencies concerning knowledge, experience and the personal attitude of project management personnel are assessed.

IPMA Certification Assessors

  • Lasse Alanne
  • Ari Eskola
  • Petri Heino
  • Petteri Hellsten
  • Olli Ilmarinen
  • Anne Isotalo
  • Tuomo Koskenvaara
  • Maria Nieminen
  • Virva Nurmela
  • Jukka Lahtinen
  • Kirsti Leppämaa
  • Leena Oksanen-Peltola
  • Vesa Piipponen
  • Juhani Silvasti
  • Jouko Vaskimo


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