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IPMA Level B®: Certified Senior P3 Manager

Level B badgeAn individual certified at Level B has provided clear and convincing evidence of competent performance managing complex projects, programs, or portfolios.

Experience Requirements

Experience must have been acquired within the last 8 years. If your career was interrupted (e.g., for military service or parental leave), that period can be extended to 12 years. The minimum experience requirements for Level B are:

  • Certified Senior Project Manager: 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a project manager of which at least 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) were in a leadership role for a complex project
  • Certified Senior Program Manager: 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a program manager of which at least 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) were in a leadership role for a complex program
  • Certified Senior Portfolio Manager: 5 years (7,500 hours on-the-job) as a portfolio manager of which at least 3 years (4,500 hours on-the-job) were in a leadership role for a complex portfolio

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

  • Is responsible for leadership and management of a complex project, program, or portfolio.
  • Manages the management team.
  • Develops and coaches personnel to improve their competence and performance.
  • Contributes to the development of project, program, or portfolio management improvements.

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