Compare Certification Programs

A. Links to broad-based comparisons of program and project management certifications:

B. Focused comparisons of our certifications to competitive offerings.

B1. Certified Program Director

How does our Program Director certification compare to PMI's PgMP?

 Factor
IPMA Level A®
Certified Program Director
PgMP®
Program Management Professional
Years of experience as a Program Mgr.
Five years1
Three years2
Minimum required complexity?3
Very complex
No
Program results reviewed?
Yes
No
Face-to-face interview?
Yes, 2 assessors
No
IPMA4 recognition?
Yes
No
Length of certification
5 Years
3 Years

1 Programs must be at a strategic level.

2 A minimum of 4500 hours leading and directing programs (revised 04/2012 eligibility requirements in the PgMP Handbook).

3 Our management complexity evaluation tool helps candidates determine whether their programs qualify.

4 IPMA posts the names of individuals certified through its 4-L-C System on its website.

B2. Certified Project Management Associate

How does our Certified Project Management Associate certification compare to similar offerings?

 Factor
IPMA Level D®
Certified Project Management Associate
PMP®
Project Management Professional
PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner; CAPM® Certified Associate in Project Management
Years of experience
Not required. IPMA Level D is intentionally accessible to all
Three years1
Not required
Project complexity assessed?
No
No
No
Project results reviewed?
No
No
No
Face-to-face interview?
No
No
No
IPMA2 recognition?
Yes
No
No
Length of certification
5 Years
3 Years
3 Years

1 A minimum of 4500 hours leading and directing projects (revised 04/2012 eligibility requirements in the PMP Handbook).

2 IPMA posts the names of individuals certified through its 4-L-C System on its website.


IPMA Level A, IPMA Level B, IPMA Level C, and IPMA Level D are registered marks of IPMA in the USA and other countries.
PgMP, PMP and CAPM are registered marks of Project Management Institute in the USA and other countries.
PRINCE2 is a registered mark of OGC in the United Kingdom.