Certify Individuals

The certification process involves several steps for the assessment of a candidate. The assessment steps for individuals are applied to each of the IPMA competence levels A, B C, and D.  If the Candidate meets the Competence Requirements he can apply directly to the desired Level. It’s not necessary to have a lower Certificate Level to apply to a higher Certificate Level.

Certification on Four Levels

The IPMA four-level certification program is designed as an ongoing competence development process. Every step up the four-level competence stair incorporates adequate development in self-knowledge and verified competence. The assessment is based on three competence ranges; behavioral, technical and contextual. The assessment consists of a combination of self-evaluation, interviews and written examinations. The consideration of personal qualities makes the IPMA certification unique. It enables companies and employers to match the right project manager with the right project, based on their strengths.

What is your level?

LEVEL A Certified Projects Director
Shall have in the last eight years at least five years of experience in portfolio management and/or programme management with strategic relevance, of which three years were in responsible leadership functions in the management of complex portfolios or programmes and has two years of experience in managing projects. Read more  

LEVEL B Certified Senior Project Manager
Shall have in the last eight years at least five years of project management experience, of which three years were in responsible leadership functions in the management of complex projects in the last eight years. Read more

LEVEL C Certified Project Manager 
Shall have in the last six years at least three years of project management experience in responsible leadership functions in the management of projects with limited complexity. Read more

LEVEL D Certified Project Management Associate 
Experience in the project management competence elements is not compulsory, but it is an advantage if project management knowledge has been applied to some extent. Read more

Benefits of the certification

Enrolment in the certification programs is an incentive for the managers of projects, programs and portfolios and the members of the project team to:
  • Expand and improve their knowledge, experience and personal attitude
  • Continue their education
  • Improve the quality of project management
  • To better achieve the project objectives
Information about granted certificates (Level, Name of holder, Date Awarded, Valid Until, Country, Number) is published quarterly on IPMA web pages.

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