IPMA Level A®

IPMA Level A is a Certified Projects Director. Each IPMA Member Association has its own explanation, process description, and application process. The information below is a good example from the Scandinavian Certification Organisations of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Thank you!

The overall requirement for becoming Certified IPMA at Level A is that the candidate has broad competence in management of the project processes in a corporation or government agency. This includes two types of situations:

  • Management of complex project portfolios of a corporation or department which includes projects of various complexity.
  • Management of complex programmes which includes various types of projects and initiatives for achieving the objectives of the programmes.

To fulfill these functions the certification candidate must also possess competences in:

  • Contribution to strategic management, including preparing proposals to the corporate management.
  • Managing the support functions for the management of projects, programmes and portfolios.
  • Managing the promotion of portfolio, programme and project management – including improvement of competencies of project managers and other participants.

Further, the candidate should demonstrate the full range of competences in project and programme management, as specified in the ICB.

Certification Process

The certification process takes place through the certification organisation of the appropriate Member Association (MA) in your nation. You begin the steps of the process by applying with the appropriate nation’s MA. The certification has three stages:

Stage 1: Self-assessment, application and examination
Note: Some Member Associations use examinations for Level A
Stage 2: 360-degree feedback (in some cases) and report on project or programme cases
Stage 3: Corporate case study session, assessor interview and approval

Assessment at Level A is made by two assessors, and is based on your CV (bio or resume), self-assessment, written examination, and references at Stage 1. At stage 3 the assessment is based on a 360-degree feedback, a report on cases, an assessment session, and an interview. If the self-assessment at Stage 1 shows that the competencies correspond better to IPMA Level B®, you can apply for Level B without extra payment. If a candidate does not pass the examination, you cannot submit a new application for certification for a minimum of six months, counting from the assessors’ feedback letter.

Assessment considerations. Candidates will be expected to provide evidence that they have done the following:

  • Contributed to strategy and made proposals to senior management.
  • Developed project management personnel and coached project managers to improve their competence in project management.
  • Directed project managers and members of the project portfolio or programme team.
  • Led or directed the development of project management infrastructure (e.g., processes, methods, techniques, tools, handbooks, guidelines).

The certification round for Level A takes place in the MA nation’s language or in English, depending on your selection.

Competence Requirements

Experience Requirements:
At least 60 work-months of experience in portfolio management and/or programme management with strategic relevance.

The candidate must have:

  • Minimum 36 work-months in a responsible leadership function in management of complex portfolios or programmes.
  • The remaining up to 60 work-months should include experience in portfolio management, programme management and/or handling project-oriented management functions.

The 60 work-months of experience must be recent; not older than 8 years. Further, accumulated experience should have been applied continuously in new situations/projects. The candidate must also possess minimum two years of experience in actually managing projects or programmes.

ICB Range of Competences Demonstrated:
The candidate must have from solid to nuanced explicit knowledge of several methods/tools for most of the subcompetences under the method elements of the ICB, as well as the capability to apply them in complex situations, including evaluation and optimisation of variants. Further, the candidate must have practical experience from applications – with many participants, in numerous complex situations.

Reminder: Each Member Association tailors the flexible aspects of IPMA 4-L-C to national needs, while consistently applying the required aspects. Contact the Member Association of your nation to see more about the specifics of your local program.

Member Nations Offering IPMA Level A, Certified Projects Director

Note that some IPMA Member Associations have used their own title for each level of the IPMA 4-Level Certification for many years. we list them here by those titles. For others, the title is in their national language. Regardless of the title, all IPMA offerings for this level follow the IPMA Guidelines for the level. We list the links below, plus the titles if they differ from the IPMA default.

Austria: PM-Executive. Canada. CroatiaCzech Republic.Finland: Sertifioitu Projektitoiminnan Johtaja. Germany: Zertifizierter ProjektdirektorGreeceGuatemala:Director de Proyectos o de Cartera de Proyectos (DPP). Hungary: Projektigazgató. India. Italy. Latvia. Netherlands. Nigeria.Poland. Russia.Slovak RepublicIPMA stupeň A. Serbia. Spain:IPMA Nivel A, Director de Programas.  Sweden. Switzerland. Taiwan:Level A認證.USA: Certified Senior Program Manager.