IPMA level A project

With an IPMA level A certificate you demonstrate that you are an experienced project manager and that you managed a wealth of very complex projects. If you have a minimum of five years’ worth of experience as a project manager of complex projects, then opting for the IPMA level A course is certainly a good choice, as it means you will be right up there with the world’s most experienced project managers.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for IPMA level A certification, you must demonstrate adequate experience with sufficiently complex projects. Below are the minimum experience requirements. It is about the total of all projects that count for IPMA level A or B.

At least non-overlapping 60 months of experience as project manager in the last 12 years, of which at least 36 months at IPMA level A (complexity score ≥32). The rest is allowed at IPMA level B (complexity score ≥25). In total, you must have spent at least 4.400 hours as project manager on projects, of which at least 2.500 hours on projects at IPMA level A.


What is a level A or B-project?

The complexity as you describe it in the Experience document determines the level of the projects: IPMA level A or B. The complexity is determined by a large number of factors.

An indication of the expected minimum size of a typical level A and B project is given below. However, these are not minimum requirements: the figures are indicative in nature, and their interpretation varies from sector to sector. The indicative figures are given in the table below.


Indicative criteria of complexity
IPMA level B IPMA level A
Period you were the designated project manager ≥ 9 months ≥ 18 months
Scheduled project lead time ≥ 9 months ≥ 18 months
Actual project lead time ≥ 9 months ≥ 18 months
Number of people directed ≥ 10 ≥ 30
Number of hours of the people you directed ≥ 6.250 ≥ 30.000
Number of hours spent on the project as a project manager ≥ 700 ≥ 2.400
Number of stakeholders ≥ 8 ≥ 16, of which min. 6 at board level


A detailed description of the admission requirements and complexity can be found in the Explanatory Note and Instructions. The templates, instruction and sample papers are available on request.


For course components, costs and trainers, please visit the general IPMA level A page.