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, programs, or portfolios.
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The entire process (including any repeat steps) must be completed within 18 months of notification. Certification at IPMA level B level is possible in three domains: project, program, and portfolio.
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We do not provide exam training. Training and exam take place separately to guarantee trustworthiness and independence. If you are interested in training with the goal of obtaining an IPMA certificate, you will find a summary of project management training centers on the website of IPMA Nederland (in Dutch). You can also take a look at the validation (in Dutch) of our former applicants of educators.
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
You start by submitting the Experience document, Executive summary 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.
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.
Explanation of documents
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/programs/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.
In the Executive summary report, you give background information about the organization for which you manage projects, and you also give a description of the projects/programs/portfolios as mentioned in the experience document.
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.
In the report, you give a description of a project in which you demonstrate that you have all IPMA level B-competencies. In the report, you broach the subject of the 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 via the form below.
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:
The inclusion of documentation is not a requirement but will help you substantiate your project management experience. Inability to hand over documentation does not lead to rejection. The lack of any kind of evidence can, however, lead to rejection. You can bring your documentation in hardcopy or digital format.
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 recertify.
If you obtain a certificate, you will be admitted to the international IPMA Registry. We update the register on a monthly basis.
Received a negative result? You can apply for a resit. These are the costs.