IPMA Level A®: Certified P3 Director

Level A badgeAn individual certified at Level A has provided clear and convincing evidence of competent performance managing very complex projects, programs, or portfolios at a strategic level.

Experience Requirements

Experience must have been acquired within the last 12 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level A are:

  • Certified Project Director: 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a project manager managing very complex projects of which at least 3 years were at a strategic level

  • Certified Program Director:
    u 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a program manager managing very complex programs at a strategic level, OR
    u 4 years (6,000 hours on-the-job) as a program manager managing very complex programs at a strategic level, AND 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) as a project manager managing very complex projects at a strategic level

  • Certified Portfolio Director:
    u 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a portfolio manager managing very complex portfolios at a strategic level, OR
    u 4 years (6,000 hours on-the-job) as a portfolio manager managing very complex portfolios at a strategic level, AND 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) as a project or program manager managing very complex projects or programs at a strategic level

Management Complexity Requirements

IPMA-USA’s updated Management Complexity Rating tool is used to determine the level of management complexity of each candidate’s projects, programs, and portfolios. The following 10 indicators are used to evaluate management complexity:

  • Objectives and results
  • Methods, tools, and techniques
  • Resources
  • Risk and opportunities
  • Stakeholders and integration
  • Relations with permanent organizations
  • Cultural and social context
  • Leadership, teamwork, and decisions
  • Degree of innovation and general conditions
  • Demand for coordination

Typical Responsibilities

  • Contributes to strategy and makes proposals to senior management.
  • Develops and coaches project, program, and portfolio personnel to improve their competence and performance.
  • Directs the development of project, program, and portfolio management infrastructure (e.g., process descriptions, methods, techniques, tools, handbooks).

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