IPMA level C theory

IPMA level C theory is the first part of the IPMA level C course. In this part you will gather theoretical knowledge of all aspects of project management. If you pass the exam, you will receive the IPMA level C theory course credit certificate and you can start with level C-assessment.

The IPMA C exam is available in English. Please select ‘English (en)’ at Voorkeurstaal when you sign up.


Eligibility criteria

There are no eligibility criteria for the theoretical IPMA level C. However, some experience in project management is desirable. The IPMA level C assessment itself however does have experience criteria. Since the theoretical certificate is valid for 18 months after sign up, you will have to be able to fulfil these demands in order to be considered for the fully fledged IPMA level C certificate. Eligibility for an IPMA level C assessment



The theoretical exam takes three hours and contains open questions and short cases. Sample papers are available after sign up.

At the exam you will get  IPMA B, C, D & PMO Calculation rules theoretical exams (ICB4) v2.1 so you do not have to learn all the formulas by heart. The formulas are included in the exam. In the Examination requirements v1.3 (695.3 kB) you will find the requirements for the exam.

You will take the exam via the portal with one of our computers. Wondering how it works? After registration, an exercise environment will be available for you.

We do not provide exam training. Training and exam take place separately to guarantee trustworthiness and independence. If you are interested in a training with the goal of obtaining an IPMA certificate, you will find a summary of project management training centres on the website of IPMA Nederland (in Dutch). Pass rates per training institute as well as information on how we are rated by our candidates can be found at Pass rate and satisfaction.



We will do our very best to check your exam as soon as possible. After a maximum of 4 weeks you will receive the result (and if you pass the certificate) by e-mail. This theoretical course credit certificate has a validity of 18 months after signing up. This means that you have a limited timeframe to do the C-assessment and obtain the IPMA level C fully fledged certificate. The theoretical certificate is not a part of the international IPMA register.


More information and sign up

To take an exam you have create an account in our portal. After that, you sign up for the IPMA level C theory course and you will be able to choose an exam date. Exams take place almost every other week on Thursday afternoon from 12.30 – 15.30 at our office in Nieuwegein.

More info about Exam dates and Fees.

To take an exam, you create an account on our portal. You can then sign up for the IPMA level C theory course and choose an exam date.



IPMA level D certificate with an IPMA level C Theoretical certificate

If you already have a IPMA level C theoretical course credit certificate, you have the possibility to register for the internationally recognised IPMA level D certificate as well. You will receive the IPMA level D certificate and will be recorded in the register of IPMA International. Your IPMA level C theoretical certificate will remain valid.

It is possible to register for the IPMA level D certificate from the moment you receive your IPMA level C theoretical certificate. You can register for this IPMA level D certificate one month before the expiry date of your level C-certificate at the latest. More info