Examination Process:
IPMA Certification Level D

Examination ProcessAfter completing the Application Process, candidates for IPMA Level D, Certified Project Management Associate, will be assigned a venue (date and location) for their exam based on the preferences in their application.

Questions are selected from the exam database so that each exam is of comparable difficulty.

The Level D Exam has two parts with a 20 minute break in between:

  • Part 1: Candidates must answer 60 multiple-choice questions within 50 minutes. These questions could address any competence element in the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline. Each question has 4 options and only one right answer.
  • Part 2: Candidates must answer 10 short-essay questions in 120 minutes. These questions could address any competence element in the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline.

The multiple-choice questions are worth 50 points, and the short-essay questions are worth 200 points. Candidates must score at least 70% overall. Exam results are analyzed after each exam to ensure continued reliability and validity of the question database.

The short-essay questions are scored by Certified Project Managers and Certified Senior Project Managers against a detailed scoring key to ensure consistency of results. Handwriting, spelling, and grammar are not considered when scoring the short-essay questions.

Accommodations can be made for candidates with language, learning, or test-taking issues.

You can download your application and its supporting documents here: Application Downloads.

If you have questions, please contact certification applications.