WHAT Certification Level Is Right for You?
IPMA-USA's advanced, performance-based certifications are for experienced project, program, and portfolio managers.
The information on this page should help you determine which level of certification in IPMA's Four Level Certification (4-L-C) System is right for you:
- The IPMA Levels (see below)
- Evaluating the Management Complexity of your Project, Program, or Portfolio
- Certification Fee Schedule
- What Makes IPMA's Certifications Stand Out?
- Complete and submit our Candidate Pre-Screen for a FREE preliminary evaluation. Download it here: Application for Initial Assessment.
Use the table below to help answer the question, What IPMA Certification is right for you? Click any certification (e.g.: IPMA Level A®) to learn more about that level.
What Certification Level?
|If you are …||Consider …||Prerequisites||Typical job titles|
|An experienced senior manager in a project-oriented enterprise, a program manager, or a manager of project managers||Certified Project, Program, or Portfolio Director,
IPMA Level A®
|3 years managing high-complexity programs, and 2 years managing moderate-to-high complexity programs, and 2 years managing moderate-to-high complexity projects||Vice President, Client Manager, Operations VP, Senior Program Manager, Program Manager|
|An experienced senior project, program, or portfolio manager||Certified Senior Project, Program, or Portfolio Manager,
IPMA Level B®
|3 years managing high-complexity projects, and 2 years managing moderate-to-high complexity projects||Senior Project Manager, Project Manager, PMO Consultant|
|An experienced project manager||Certified Project Manager, IPMA Level C®||3 years managing moderate complexity projects||Project Manager, Project Lead, Deputy PM, Technical Lead|
|A project team member, a project specialist, someone new to projects or project management, a recent graduate, a newcomer to the discipline, or a practitioner in a PM-related discipline such as Architect, Engineer, Business Analyst, or Software Developer||Certified Project Management Associate, IPMA Level D®||6 months project work recommended||Team member, Junior PM, Technical Specialist, Scheduler, Team Leader, Project Engineer, Architect, Proposal Manager, Business Development Manager, Contract Manager|
|A holder of an existing IPMA certification that is expiring (IPMA certifications are valid for five years)||Recertification||See our Recertification Requirements and Process||As appropriate for your existing certification level|
Note that the IPMA Level D® certification is specifically oriented towards three audiences:
* Those who are beginning a career in projects and project management
* Those who work on projects as team members or Subject Matter Experts
* Those who need to cope with the challenges of organizational change
These audiences range from students to top executives.