IPMA's Four Level Certification System (4-L-C)

AIPM is a Member Association of the International Project Management Association (IPMA), a Federation that promotes the profession of project, programme and portfolio management through a global network of over 60 Member Associations (MAs) around the world. IPMA has developed the Four Level Certification System (4-L-C) and the IPMA Competency Baseline (ICB).

The AIPM nternational Certification Body (AICB) is the certification body of AIPM that has been appointed by IPMA to conduct certifications under IPMA’s 4-L-C system in Australia.

The 4-L-C system is based on ICB - IPMA Competence Baseline Version 3.0. The ICB is the first and only international competence baseline for the field of project management. It is the common framework document which all IPMA Member Associations and Certification Bodies abide by to ensure that consistent standards are applied.

The ICB forms the basis for the world-wide recognition of national project management training and certification programs at the four levels of certification.

IPMA Competence Baseline: ICB

The Eye of Competence represents the integration of all the elements of project management as seen through the eyes of the project managers when evaluating a specific situation. It covers three areas of competence:

  1. Technical Competence Elements (20): project management success; interested parties; project requirements and objectives; risk and opportunity; quality; project organisation; teamwork; problem resolution; project structures; scope and deliverables; time and project phases; resources; cost and finance; procurement and contract; changes; control and reports; information and documentation; communication; start-up; close-out.

  2. Behavioural competence elements (15): leadership; engagement and motivation; self-control; assertiveness; relaxation; openness; creativity; results orientation; efficiency; consultation; negotiation; conflict and crisis; reliability; values appreciation; ethics.

  3. Contextual competence elements (11): project orientation; programme orientation; portfolio orientation; project, programme and portfolio implementation; permanent organisation; business; systems, products and technology; personnel management; health, security, safety and environment; finance; legal.


The Eye of Competence

For a more detailed description of IPMA competencies please refer to the IPMA Competence  Baseline (Version 3.0).