Each level of IPMA certification is valid for five (5) years, at which time candidates must recertify within six (6) months to maintain their certification. It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to notify AIPM International Certification Body (AICB) when re-certification is due.

Should the certificate holder be living in another country at the time of re-certification, the certificate holder may apply for re-certification with the IPMA Certifying Body registered in that country. 

If re-certification is approved and the candidate pays the re-certification fee, the certificate is re-issued for a further 5 years and the certification entry on the IPMA website is updated.

Each level of IPMA certification will require you to gather different evidence, such as references, CV or project evidence. See the IPMA website for more details.

Each IPMA certification candidate is individually assessed by independent assessors against the ICB - IPMA Competence Baseline Version 3.0. In the certification process, individuals demonstrate their competence in managing projects, programmes and portfolios. The assessors will be looking for competence in the following ICB elements:

  • 20 technical competence elements deal with the project management matter, on which the professionals are working;
  • 15 behavioural competence elements deal with the personal relationships between the individuals and groups managed in the projects, programmes and portfolios;
  • 11 contextual competence elements deal with the interaction of the project team within the context of the project and with the permanent organisation.

The people-based assessment and combination of competence areas make IPMA certification unique. They give a broader picture of each candidate's competency, and enable companies to match the right project manager with the right project based on their strengths.