Competence

There are many definitions of the term ‘competence’ around the world. The IPMA Individual  Competence Baseline (IPMA ICB®) presents a plain English definition that is widely accepted by professionals and is intended to be recognisable and readily understood. This definition is not intended to minimise or supersede any other definition, but rather to provide guidance to the individual seeking improvement.

Individual competence is the application of knowledge, skills and abilities in order to achieve the desired results.

Competence requirements

  • An IPMA Certification at level A requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a management role (leadership of others) through all phases, in very complex, projects, programmes, portfolios, of which at least 3 years were on stratetic level,  through the application of knowledge/theory across all relevant competences. Alternatively for programme managers: Minimum 4 yeras as programme manager and 3 years as project manager of very complex projects at strategic level. Alternatively for portfolio managers: Minimum 4 years as portfolio manager and 3 years as manager of very complex projects/programmes. The experience shall be from the last 12 years.
  • An IPMA Certification at level B requires a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a project, program or portfolio management role (leadership of others) through all phases, of which at least 3 years were in a responsible leadership function managing complex projects, programs, portfolios,  through the application of knowledge/theory across all relevant competences. The experience shall preferably be from the last 8 years.
  • Level C requires within the last six years that the candidate  have a minimum of three years’ experience in a responsible management role (management of others) within projects of moderate complexity, or a minimum of three years’ experience in a responsible management role assisting the project manager in complex projects,  throughout the life cycle of the project, through the application of knowledge/theory across all relevant competences.
  • An IPMA certification at Level D requires that the candidate has knowledge in the Competence Elements related to project management. There is no previous experience required.

 

 

 

 

 

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