The IPMA certificates have a validity of five years. After that you can re-certificate for five more years. The recertification course is shorter and easier to go through than to cover the whole course of studies over again. If you recertificate in time you will not have to go through the whole procedure again. It is possible to recertificate for IPMA A, B, C, D, Agile Leadership and PMO. Re-certification is not possible for the IPMA C theoretical certificate, but you can apply the IPMA D certificate.
We will do our utmost to contact candidates with an expiring certificate to recertificate. However, timely recertification ultimately remains the responsibility of candidates. Want to know when your certificate expires? Consult the international registry.
Recertification IPMA D
Do you want to recertificate for IPMA D? You can find all the information on the separate page: Re-certification IPMA D.
ICB4: New requirements and documents. Transitional period until 1 April
As of 1 December 2017, recertification will be carried out in accordance with the rules of the CIU4. As a result, the recertification requirements change slightly. The new requirements can be found below. The new requirements also include new documents. You will find them – together with a detailed explanation – at the bottom of this page.
Do you want to recertificate for IPMA (A, B or C) and do you fail to meet the following requirements? You may comply with the lower ICB3 requirements (see the heading ‘Recertification according to old standards (ICB3)’). Note: Recertification under the ICB3 requirements is still possible until 1 April 2018.
Have you been working as a project, programme and/or portfolio manager since your previous certification? Then this is the time to register for recertification. To be eligible, you must meet two requirements:
IPMA A and B
The requirements for recertification A and B are Project Management:
(a) Demonstration of at least 30 months in project management since the date of the last (re)certification. For at least half of these 30 months (i. e. 15 months or more) you must demonstrate experience at the appropriate level; the other experience may be lower at a maximum of one level.
(b) Show at least 175 hours (35 hours/year) of’ other project management related experience (OPG experience) since the date of the last (re)certification.
We assume that in those 30 months or more you have spent about half of your working time on projects, i. e. approx. plm. 2.200 hours or more.
It is not allowed to recertificate at any other level. So someone with IPMA B cannot, for example, recertificate on IPMA C. However, certified persons at IPMA A or B level are allowed to recertificate in another domain. So an IPMA B project manager can for example choose – provided the requirements are met – to recertificate as IPMA B program manager. For the requirements, please refer to the Recertification Explanatory Notes Programme, Portfolio (project) management IPMA A and B (ICB4).
The requirements for recertification C (project management) are as follows:
(a) Demonstration of at least 30 months in leading (sub)projects at C level (or higher) since the date of the last (re)certification.
(b) Show at least 175 hours (35 hours/year) of ‘other project management related experience’ (OPG experience) since the date of the last (re)certification.
We assume that in those 30 months or more you have spent at least one third of your working time on projects, i. e. approx. plm. 1500 hours or more.
If you want to recertificate on IPMA C project management, you must demonstrate at least 30 months of experience in leading projects with a complexity at IPMA C level (or higher) (complexity score 16). Projects that do not meet all C requirements (e. g. in terms of months, hours, employees or complexity) do not count as experience.
If you want to recertificate on IPMA B project management, you must demonstrate at least 30 months of experience with project management. At least 15 months of these should be projects with a complexity at IPMA B level or higher (complexity score? 25) and the remaining experience (up to a total of 30 months) should be at least at IPMA C level (complexity score 16).
Other project management related experience (OPR)
OPR experience includes activities that enable you to develop your project, programme or portfolio management skills. This includes:
- attending training and courses
- attending congresses, seminars, lectures, etc.
- providing education, training and courses
- Speaking at conferences, seminars and lectures
- writing articles or books
- advising project, programme and/or portfolio managers and/or organisations on projects, programmes and/or portfolios and/or portfolios and/or project, programme or portfolio management
- carrying out assessments on projects, programmes and/or portfolios
- supervising and assessing project, programme and/or portfolio managers.
All activities must have a direct relationship to the field of project management. In addition, membership of IPMA-NL (or an IPMA sister organisation) provides 15 hours of OPG experience per full year of membership.
Experience in other roles
(Only) If you do not meet the minimum number of months of experience (for instance because you have held temporary and other positions) you can submit a request to let this other experience count instead. See pages 4 and 5 of the explanatory notes.
Recertification in 2 simple steps
Recertification is very easy. You do not have to take a new exam but simply demonstrate that you have maintained your skills.
Recertification is done in two simple steps:
1. You can log in via the login page. Then you create an account and sign up for the required recertification.
2. You submit your Recertification document. In the document you specify your training, work experience and project-related activities that demonstrate that you have maintained your skills.
After submission, we check your document. Through your account you invite your manager and client to a referrals survey. This concerns eight short questions by e-mail and is up to ten minutes of work. A final assessment is then made by one of our assessors. In the event of a positive result, you will receive a new certificate and will be reinstated in the international register.
There are costs associated with recertification, you will find them on the fees page.
Recertification according to ICB3 until 1 April
You may wish to recertificate in accordance with the old ICB3 standards, for example because you have already started to complete the Recertification document IPMA B and C ICB3 (. pdf) or because you do not comply with the ICB4 requirements. According to the old ICB3 standards, you must demonstrate at least 24 months and 800 hours of experience. Further information can be found in the document on pages 6 and 7. Submission of the ICB3 recertification document is possible until 1 April 2018.
English templates and instructions are available on request.