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 do our advanced Program Director and Program Manager certifications compare to PMI's PgMP?

 Factor
IPMA Level A®, Certified Program Director
IPMA Level B®, Certified Senior Program Manager
PgMP®
Program Management Professional
Years of experience as a Program Mgr.
Five years1
Three years2
Minimum required complexity?3
Very complex (Level A), Complex (Level B)
No
Program results reviewed?
Yes
No
Face-to-face interview?
Yes, 2 assessors
No
Global recognition through IPMA?4
Yes
No
Length of certification
5 Years
3 Years

1 For Level A, programs must have been 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 All IPMA Member Associations accept the validity of each other's certifications.

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
Global recognition through IPMA?2
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 All IPMA Member Associations accept the validity of each other's certifications.


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.