IPMA level A

IPMA level A is intended for professionals with extensive experience. With the IPMA level A certificate, you can prove that you can independently manage very complex projects, programmes or portfolios.


Three domains

Certification at IPMA level A is possible in three areas: project, programme and portfolio. On the pages below you will find specific information per domain:


Project      Programme      Portfolio


Course components

The IPMA level A course consists of four components:

Phase 1: Intake interview based on your own documentation

Phase 2: Submitting three documents: Experience document, Executive Summary Report and Self assessment. Eligibility check.

Phase 3: Report ↺

Phase 4: Assessment interview ↺


Phase 1: Intake interview

After registration there will be an intake interview with two assessors. On the basis of this interview the assessors will decide whether IPMA level A is the right course for the applicant.


Phase 2: Submission of 3 documents

You start by submitting the Experience document, Executive summery report and Self assessment. Two reviews are taking place. After submitting, the IPMA backoffice will check your submitted documents on the eligibility criteria. Once the three documents have been submitted and approved, a final decision will be made by two assessors.


Experience document

In the Experience document you give a description of your education, training and courses as well as work experience. Furthermore, you need to give the names of four referents that have been involved in your projects. In conclusion, you describe the projects/programmes/portfolios in which you demonstrate that you meet the experience criteria for IPMA level B and indicate the level of complexity for each of these projects.


Executive summery report

In the Executive summery report you give background information about the organisation for which you manage projects, and you also give a description about the projects/programmes/portfolios as mentioned in the experience document.


Self assessment

In the Self assessment you score yourself on knowledge, skills and experience for each competence. With every competence you need to give a real-life example of your experience.


Final decision phase 1

A final decision will be made by two assesssors. After approval, you have completed phase 1 and you can proceed to phase 2: The theoretical exam.


Reference survey

The candidate will be assessed on performance by four persons in a reference survey by means of six open questions and one closed question. The survey is available in Dutch and English and will be sent by mail. The assessors are the project executive, the manager and two project team members. All the assessors will be presented with the same questions in order to be able to make a proper comparison. The results of the survey will be used during the actual assessment.

The feedback provides additional information to the assessors about how the performance of the applicant as a project manager is regarded by his/her inner circle. The assessments of the project executive and the manager will be disclosed to the applicant before the assessment. Because of the dependant relation between the team members and the applicant, their remarks are confidential and will only be put at the disposal of the assessors.


Phase 4: Assessment interview

The assessment is an interview of 2 hours with two assessors. Your competencies will be tested by means of the documents submitted. Please bring the following items to the assessment:

  • A document describing the project/programme portfolio, project plan, project management plan, plan of approach, project initiation document (PID) or quotation.
  • A document demonstrating your approach of the risks and uncertainties; a risk register, a risk and opportunities list,  a risk log, an issue log, a risk database, etcetera.
  • A document demonstrating how you handle changes; a change list, VtW-database, a change log, change proposal file, etcetera
  • Documentation demonstrating the process of decision-making in and about your project/programme portfolio, reports of the steering committee meeting, project management meeting, meetings with the project executive, managerial meetings etcetera.
  • Documentation which states how you concluded the project/programme portfolio, completion report, project assessment, discharge statement, lessons learned report, close-out report, etcetera.

The assessors may request additional documentation, depending on the content of your Executive summary. All information is kept confidential by IPMA Certification and assessors. All assessors have signed a confidentiality agreement. If, despite our security measures, you still have reservations please contact us.

The inclusion of documentation is not a requirement but will help you substantiate your project management experience. Inability to hand over documentation it does not lead to rejection. The lack of any kind of evidence  can, however, lead to a rejection. You can bring your documentation in hardcopy or digital format.


Certificate and register

After concluding the assessment, the assessors will decide if they will nominate you for certification. If you have passed, you will receive the certificate at your email address. The IPMA level A certificate is valid for five years. After that you can recertificate.

If you obtain a certificate, you will be admitted to the IPMA International Registry. We update the register on a monthly basis.


Other information

We do not offer coaching. Coaching and certification is carried out separately to guarantee complete reliability and independence. Branch organisation IPMA Netherlands offers an overview of trainers with the IPMA quality mark (in Dutch).

The costs for IPMA level A are € 3.050 excluding VAT. If you have to do a phase again, extra costs will be charged for this. More information can be found on the page fees.