IPMA level B

IPMA level B is intended for the experienced professional. With the IPMA level B certificate, you prove that you can independently manage complex projects, programmes or portfolios.


Three domains

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


Project      Programme      Portfolio


Course components

The IPMA level B course consists of four components:

Phase 1: Submitting Experience document, Executive Summary Resport and Self assessment. Eligibility check.

Phase 2: Written exam ↺

Phase 3: Report ↺

Phase 4: Assessment interview ↺


The entire process (including any repeat steps) must be completed within 18 months of notification. A phase with ↺ indicates that if this activity (the Written examination, Report and/or Assessment interview) is judged to be insufficient, this activity may be performed once again. The costs of the phase in question will be charged again for this.

Four documents have to be submitted for IPMA level B project management. The templates and a detailed entry instruction are available on request.


Phase 1: Submission of three documents

You start by submitting the Experience document, Executive summary report and Self assessment. Two reviews will take 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 summary report you give background information about the organisation for which you execute projects and you 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.


Phase 2: Theoretical exam

In this phase you need to do a theoretical exam. To choose between all available days we refer you to the page exam dates.

Unlike our other exams, the level B-theory exam is open book. This means that it is allowed to consult the ICB4 and study books based on the ICB4 during the exam. Computers, tablets or mobile phones are not allowed.

We offer exercise questions so that you can prepare to the best of your ability. The English sample papers are available on request: info@ipmacertificeren.nl

After a positive grade of the theoretical exam you may proceed to phase 3: the Project report.


Reference survey

After passing your theoretical exam, you can use the portal to invite your referents to give feedback. In the referent survey you will be assessed on your performance by four persons by means of six open questions and one closed question. The referents are the project executive, the manager and two project team members. All the referents will be presented with the same questions in order to be able to make a proper comparison. The results of this inquiry will be used during the assessment.

The referents survey 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 project team members and the applicant, their remarks are confidential and will only be put at the disposal of the assessors.


Phase 3: Report

In the report you give a description of a project in which you demonstrate that you have of all IPMA level B-competencies. In the report you broach the subject of background of the project (cause, aimed result, stakeholders, duties), as well as the challenges of the project and a retrospect on your performance. The report needs to be drafted according to a special template. In the explanation entry instruction you will read exactly what information to submit. Both documents are available upon request.


Phase 4: Assessment

The assessment is an interview of two hours with two assessors. Your competences 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 in which it 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 these 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 B 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 can be found at Fees.