How is the certification process?

The IPMA certification follows a formal process, developed by IPMA, based on EN ISO 17024 for certification of individuals.

Normally there are two open certification rounds per year. Certification can also be performed within an organization, according to an agreed time table.
Before each round there is an open orientation meeting.

Certification may be performed in norwegian or english.

The certification process starts with an introduction seminar for all candidatest that have applied. For each candidate two assessors are appointed, one of which with knowledge form the candidates branch.

Part 1

First part is the same for all levels:

The candidate fills in a CV and a self asessment using predefined templates. The CV should also be signed by a sparring partner.
3-5 days should be planned for the self asessment. This will give a good insight in own comptencies, strengths as well as weknesses.

Applicants for levels A and B shall also write an Executive Summary Report, showing their experiences from projects, programmes or portfolios, and also assess complexity. For level C the Executive Summary Report covers experiences from projects.

There is a written test of three hours.

This phase ends with a feedback from the assessors to the candidate.

This is the last step for level D.

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Part 2

Part 2 depends on the chosen level.

Level C
You will participate in a one day workshop together with 3-6 other candidates. The next day there will be an interview of 1 hour.
In some cases the workshop may be replaced by an extended interview of 1 1/2 hours.

Level B
A Management report from a project, program or portfolio shall be delivered within a given date. The report should be about management efforts, not the deliverables. The workload in producing the report is estimated to 3 days.
The last step is an interview of 2  hours.

Level A
A Management report from a project, program or portfolio shall be delivered within a given date. The report should be about management efforts, not the deliverables. The workload in producing the report is estimated to 3 days.
The last step is a meeting with a real organization, to solve a real case. This is termi

Different situations

You can postpone next step in the process one time to the next round. This will require an extra administrative fee. See Prices. Further postponment requires new registration.

If you, during the introduction seminar, think that your knowledge or experience is too low, you can resign by giving a notice, or choose a lower level.

If you during your self assessment find out that your competence fits better to another level, higher or lower, you can change the level. The must however be done before written test.

Pass criteria

Pass criteria of Levels A, B and C

For all levels: Length and depth of project/program/portfolio management experiences must be met.

To achieve a Level A, Candidates must demonstrate evidence of 80% of the domain CE’s, in a very complex environment.

To achieve a Level B, Candidates must demonstrate evidence of 80% of the domain CEs, in a complex environment.

To achieve a Level C, Candidates must demonstrate evidence of 80% of the domain CEs, in a moderately complex environment.

To demonstrate sufficient evidence against a specific CE, a Candidate shall demonstrate a minimum of 50% of the KCIs

Pass criteria of Level D

In the written exam, 100% of the CEs areassessed. To achieve a Level D, Candidates shall demonstrate knowledge of 80% of the domain CEs. Calculated percentage shall be rounded down to a whole number.