2. ABOUT IPMA
3. IPMA GOODS, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
4. THE IPMA MEMBERSHIP
5. IPMA BACKGROUND
Many projects and programmes are compared to going on a journey with all the excitement, twists and turns that can take place to
travelling towards a destination.
IPMA is a collection of people and organisations – a family – which is dedicated to projects, programmes, portfolios and how they are
And IPMA is on its own journey – which in 2015 will reach its fifty year milestone. This is quite an achievement and is worth celebrating.
This colourful volume is one of the means of celebrating the IPMA achievements and predicting the future.
Amongst the texts, charts and photographs within there are:
So if you have only just heard of IPMA or you are a member of the family for many years you will find this book interesting, entertaining,
informative and encouraging.
You can read it from cover to cover if you wish. You can use it as a reference book to find information from time to time about IPMA
and the global range of friendly national bodies. You can use it to induct potential or new members of the family or customers for the
ever-growing goods, products and services. You can use it as a gift or prize in the right circumstnaces.
This is a celebration of fifty years of IPMA, of project management development, of a professional community. It is also a foundation
for many more years of going on journeys, travelling and searching for success.
In the following section there are messages from the President of IPMA, the current Chairman of the IPMA Council of Delegates, the
current Executive Director of IPMA and from a vice-President of Thales representing the corporate support of IPMA and its activities.
These messages convey the spirit of IPMA, the achievements access fifty years and at the present, and confirm the strong foundations
of IPMA going forward. They also suggest some celebrating.
explanations all about IPMA,
descriptions of the goods, products and services which are provided and promoted by IPMA – it is an impressive collection when
all put together like this,
contributions from every one of over sixty Member Associations of IPMA – which demonstrate the substantial breadth, width and
consistancy of the IPMA network,
there is a history with some key characters and personalities.
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Promoting competence throughout society to enable a world in
which all projects succeed.
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Message from IPMA President
It is my pleasure as the current President of IPMA to say “Happy birthday IPMA!” What a
wonderful anniversary. 50 years ago a few pioneers gathered and started IPMA as a network
for exchange of experience in the field of project management. Today, IPMA is still following
this great idea. Spread across more than sixty countries IPMA is a vigorous network of
project management associations and supporting organisations, people, suppliers and
sponsors moving the profession forward. The idea of a network fits more than ever to the
current situation of the world. A network can adjust flexibly to changes in the context, lever
the diversity of cultures involved and support collaboration between members (e.g. regional
networks). A network needs a powerful vision as orientation for joint activities. Promoting
competence throughout society to enable a world in which all projects succeed was agreed
and adopted by the Council of Delegates last year.
Competence is what differentiates IPMA from other associations. Competence is much
more than knowledge. It is the demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and/or skills,
and where relevant, demonstrated personal attributes. IPMA standards cover the most
important success factors. Besides the technical competences (project, programme
and portfolio management) there are personal and social competences as well as the
competence of dealing with relevant contextual factors. In an increasingly complex world
technical competences are not sufficient anymore. We also address social dynamics and
intercultural settings; communication, cooperation and coordination are the key words for
success in projects, programmes and portfolios.
This is why the 50th Anniversary of IPMA is just a beginning. There is a lot to do in order
to reach our aspirational vision. Thanks to all the pioneers, volunteers, supporters and
passionate people who have been helping IPMA to move the profession forward. Let´s go
for the next 50 years of our journey!
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Message from IPMA Chairman
The creation of IPMA, as the very first global project management association, was
a milestone in the history of project management. Based on a unique vision in which
professionals can dedicate their own free time for volunteering and contributing in project
management development. The idea of IPMA has been accepted across the globe and
today it is represented by around sixty national associations. The power of IPMA comes
from strong commitment of each individual or Member Association involved and the firm
belief that working together we can achieve much more.
As we see at first hand in the IPMA Council of Delegates we also respect our many cultural
diversities and ability to create consensus which brings benefits to the project management
profession and to society. If you are with IPMA, it means you feel at home in so many
countries across all five continents.
The special feeling of IPMA as a Family is something of which we are very proud. It balances
our every day jobs focused on the profession and on society with moments when we
enjoy learning from different cultures, and confirming how similar we are despite of all kind
of diversities. The value and the power of IPMA comes from its people, just as in project
management where people make the difference, where people create positive changes,
results and benefits.
During the last 50 years IPMA has made tremendous contributions in the development
of project management competencies, but also in bringing people and nations closer
together, and sharing positive ideas across the community at large. Sincere congratulations
and many thanks to all champions, contributors, supporters and members for continuously
moving the profession forward; and in parallel bringing people closer for the creation of new
opportunities and new friendships.
Prof. dr. Mladen
Chair of IPMA Council
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Message from IPMA Executive Director
It is with great excitement that we welcome you to this extraordinary publication! 2015 was
a very special year for all of us! Not only did we have the chance to look back on 50 years
of growth, we could also celebrate 10 years of development of Young Crew which represents
the project management talents below 35, and the 100 years of existence of the opening of
the Panama Canal where IPMA’s annual Congress has taken place. These significant steps
are a showcase of successful international project management. With the excellent support
of our members, volunteers, service providers and only one employee for many years we
achieved this development over the past five decades.
After 50 years, IPMA as a leading professional association for project management
continues to shape the profession in so many ways. The increasing number of volunteers
and certified project managers involved in our network today covers 60 national Member
Associations in the world. They are the driving force of IPMA and their commitment and
engagement in their own environments have made possible the growth and sustainability
of this vibrant network.
We would like to thank the many people who have contributed to IPMA’s advancements and
accomplishments throughout the past.
The IPMA community in general have achieved their success today by constantly moving
forward and looking for ways to anticipate future trends and technologies through: targeted
projects, high-quality events, outreach on critical societal topics, best practice principles,
and close cooperation with business representatives – these are some of the key elements
of IPMA’s contributions and leadership to the project management profession.
We invite you to take a look inside this publication at what we have achieved in the last 50
years – and what is yet to come! We need your constant input! Together, as partners, we can
work towards an even stronger professional community for the next 50 years!
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Message from Global Organization -
First of all, I would like to congratulate all IPMA members for this jubilee of fifty years
dedicated to promote Project Management with respect to each member culture. Thales
and IPMA share the same strategic goal: increasing partnerships between more than sixty
countries around the world like a bridge between cultures. Merging both IPMA and Thales
networks, integrating local specificities was significant to reinforce project management
competences for individual as well as maturity of companies and organisations.
In 2010, IPMA and Thales have started a certification partnership to recognize Project
Managers competences. Based on the innovative Global Organisation approach, a
successful alignment has been reached thanks to team spirit of Member Associations. After
five years, more than 800 Thales Project Managers are certified across the world.
In addition to individual recognition, participation in the IPMA Project Excellence Awards
(IPEA) provides the opportunity to recognize collective results. Professionalism and
accuracy of assessors are key inputs to improvement plans, as well as an efficient
communication vector towards customers and partners. I truly hope that we will continue
our common innovative approach to business, through consultant and PMO certification
for example. I wish lots of work, luck and knowledge in reaching success.
Vice President Bids
and Projects, Thales
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This section succinctly explains the many features of modern day
IPMA. Within are explanations of current formats, governance
arrangements and structures, mission statements, lists of benefits,
strategy and execution and more. There are also a cross section of
success stories within IPMA and a personal story with overview.
What is IPMA about? ..... 8
Governance Structures ..... 17
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IPMA is world’s first international project management association(1965). IPMA is member-driven and volunteer-staffed federation
with over 60 Member Associations (MAs) spread all around the world. MAs develop project management competences in their
geographic areas of influence interacting with thousands of practitioners and developing relationships with corporations, government
agencies, universities and colleges, as well training organizations and consulting companies.
IPMA is leading the evolution of the project
management profession and the maturity of its
IPMA is unique global network that thinks globally
and acts regionally as well as locally.
IPMA’s advanced, competence-based certification
underpins a unique service portfolio offered
through its network.
IPMA recognizes, respects and builds on diversity
as the foundation for a global network.
IPMA builds Alliances with those having
And IPMA is your Partner for knowledge,
competence and performance
in project management.
IPMA Council of Delegates from over fifty countries in the sunshine, Dubrovnik (Croatia), 2013
IPMA Council of Delegates making their points in exhibition
area, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2014
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IPMA Initiatives for future
agencies around the World. To increase the recognition and effectiveness of the profession, IPMA does the following:
Certifies project managers in a wide range of
Seeks to highlight, improve and increase the
behavioural and contextual competences of
all project and programme stakeholders, a key
prerequisite to project management success,
Recognises and awards excellent and successful
project teams, research projects and individuals,
Acknowledges and further develops the
performance competences of emerging young
Assesses and certifies the PM maturity of entire
Supports basic and advanced PM education and
Offers distinctive and useful project management
Young Crew looking upwards and onwards at 26th IPMA World Congress, Crete (Greece), 2012
Launches a professional conferences and courses,
Brings Ethics and Professionalism into the PM
IPMA -Your Partner for knowledge, competence
and performance in project management.
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IPMA is spreading from Europe to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and North and South America. The demand for our products
and services and the number of Member Associations is growing. Through IPMA project management practitioners from all cultures
and all parts of the world can network, share ideas, and move practice and stakeholders forward through effective collaboration and
Project, Program and Portfolio Managers
Governments and Government Officials
Top Business Managers and Executives
PM who seek PM Certifications
Project Stakeholders Who Seek Greater Project Results
Educators and Trainers
Project Management-related Consultants and Coaches
Representatives of other PM-related Organizations
Who benefits from IPMA? What do they benefit from?
Deserving, happy prize winners at 26th IPMA World Congress, Crete (Greece), 2012
IPMA Standards (IPMA ICB, IPMA OCB and IPMA PEB)
IPMA 4-Level-Certification-System for Individuals and
IPMA Delta Certification for Organisations
Project Excellence, Achievement and Research Awards
The IPMA World Congress and many other opportunities
for networking and experience exchange
Training Aid Programme
….and of course, the IPMA website, www.ipma.ch with
….and all of you!
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IPMA STRATEGY 2020
The world is changing. Projects are popular. Projectification is a trend that can be observed in all countries, sectors and organisations.
It means that more and more activities are performed in a temporary organisational setting, managed by managers with a specific set
of competences. Thus, it was time for IPMA, to develop a new strategy, the IPMA Strategy 2020, guiding us into the future.
Promoting competence throughout society to
enable a world in which all projects succeed.
The IPMA Strategy in graphic development
With our vision we aspire to turn the projectification into a success for
society. The vision has also a great impact on IPMA itself, the way we
interact, act and activate to reach professionalism in our network.
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IPMAs strategic goals
IPMA’s strategic goals answers the question what does IPMA
want to achieve with new strategy:
A high performing global reach through a
sustainable, equitable and diverse network.
Value adding benefits for the profession, economy,
society and environment through audience oriented,
integrated and self-sustaining know-how, products
A synergetic network combining voluntary and
professional work to co-create value which expands
Immediately after the decision for the Strategy 2020, a
strategy program 2020 was set-up. More than twenty
initiatives, shaped into projects and accompanied by a
change initiative are transforming IPMA under the leadership
of IPMA´s Executive Board.
IPMA’s Mission is to:
Facilitate co-creation and lever the diversity of our global
network into benefits for the profession, economy, society and
Offer know-how, products and services through our global
across public, private and community sectors.
Maximise the synergies in our global network to help all
Member Associations develop according to their needs.
Promote the recognition of project management and engage
stakeholders around the world in advancing the discipline.
With our mission we need to facilitate co-
creation and lever the diversity of our global
network into benefits for the profession,
economy, society and environment. Our
interaction in IPMA´s network, with alliance
and other network partners builds on three
core values: diversity, consensus and mutual
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IPMA Success Stories
Success stories and testimonials related to project management can be hard to find, because often companies and organizations
prefer to keep sensitive information for their own purposes. For many of them IPMA-certified professionals are their competitive
advantage and an overall strength.
The following success stories from multiple perspectives provide insights into the added value of IPMA´s offerings as goods, products
Denmark; Vice President, Human
Resources Corporate certification
AAA employs the best project managers in the building and
construction sector in Denmark. A specific focus on project
managers has lead to the establishment of the AAA Project
Academy, which includes training targeted at the upper levels
comprehensive ISO Certification, that AAA can document the
organisation’s project handling as well the competences of the
individual project - in relation to customers and cooperating
partners. Internally, the certification process provides a better
starting point for the professional development of project
management. Furthermore, the focus areas of certification
provide a common frame of reference, which promotes the
Norway; Project Manager Individual
After many years as professional project manager and
department manager for other project managers I started
looking for a way to check, refine and document my own
and my colleagues PM competence. Studying the different
alternatives for certification I decided to go for IPMA approach.
The IPMA certification process forces you to dig into your own
experiences and “best practices” and to confront them with a
well-acknowledged PM model. The certification process is a
sort of personal “SWOT-analysis” which pinpoints your own
After my own certification, our company uses certification as
an important part of each PM’s development and career plan.
Certification of PMs is also important so we can demonstrate
to the markets our ability to deliver projects.
Volunteers volunteering at 28th IPMA World Congress, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2014
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Kela, the Social Insurance Institute of
Finland - IPMA Delta Assessment
Kela IT Department employs over 700 IT professionals who
work with large-scale information systems crucial to the
Finnish national social and welfare insurance services applying
to all people living in Finland. We are currently in the midst of
a challenging change programme in which we are overhauling
the general architecture of Kela’s IT systems. The Project
Management Office [PMO] at Kela IT began operations in the
Spring of 2012. The PMO was created to enhance and promote
the project culture in the whole organisation. The PMO
plays a very important role defining the path for developing
project management maturity and competency in the Kela
organization. It will assess project performance and implement
continuous improvements. As a specialized unit for project
and portfolio management it will support the strategic goals;
resulting in both overall efficiency and cost savings.
CSP, as an independent consulting company, leads complex
projects to success. Whether in organizational change
initiatives or IT projects, we succeed due to pragmatic,
innovative and trustful cooperation with our clients.
During 17 years we optimized and simplified our methods
to an above-average level. That’s why we are particularly
pleased that we have successfully obtained as the world’s first
class 4 confirms that we consistently lead, manage and
improve our projects and processes and that we can assure
the project success for our customers. Also this certification
by an independent body underscores, why customer surveys
attest us continually best marks for our consulting & project
A special thanks for this successful IPMA Delta certification
goes to our motivated consultants and project professionals,
whose aspiration is simply awesome. On the other hand we
also thank the impartial IPMA Delta assessors of the Swiss
certification body who have impressed us with their stylish and
undeviating assessment ctivity!” (Alexander Colombi, CEO of
the management team, CSP AG)
CSP AG, Switzerland - IPMA Delta Class 4
Successful IPMA Delta Assessment and presentation at
Social Insurance Institute of Finland, 2012
IPMA Delta Class 4 certification presentation to CSP AG,
Thorough IPMA Delta certification process we have achieved
better awareness, increased involvement of our management,
consistent feedback and new ideas from PM people as tangible
ways for us to gain desired results. The assessment report
and experienced assessors’ advice gave us clear vision and
confidence to plan our next development steps; improve our
portfolio management; ambitiously focus on project planning
phase and more proactive steering committee work. The IPMA
Delta feedback and certification will increase awareness of
our project culture and level of maturity. We are proud to be
the first IPMA Delta certified organization in Finland and the
forerunner of project management awareness in the public
sector (Laila Vihersaari-Johnston, Development Manager,
Head of PMO).
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To reward their exceptional contributions to project
management, Huizhou government has recently awarded
them 1 million Yuan as an incentive. As Professor Fupei says,
“I think this is not only a great reward by local government
for distinguished achievements made by Huizhou refining
company in project management; also it is a high recognition
for the company to be among the best in class! As an IPMA
Award winner for 2010, Huizhou Government has given
Huizhou Refining Company the incentive. For this reason, I
congratulate the Huizhou Refining Company, IPMA and IPMA
At the 24th session of IPMA International Project Management
Congress, held in Istanbul, Turkey in November 2010, CNOOC
Huizhou oil refining project stood out from a multitude of the
World’s best projects. The competition included such projects
as the high-speed broad gauge railway project in Russia, by
Germany’s Siemens, and the overall construction planning,
China’s 2010 IPMA Award Winner Receives Million Yuan Reward
Proud recipients at Award Ceremony, Huizhou Oil Refining Company, IPMA Istanbul World congress, 2010
Possible slight disagreement on prize winning at Award
Ceremony from the IPMA Istanbul World Congress, 2010
The Netherlands. Professor Quin Fupei, PMRC Honorary Chairman, and IPMA Honorary Member, announces exhilarating news: “In the
year 2010, Huizhou Oil Refining Company won the IPMA Project Excellence Award in the category Mega projects. This is not only an
honor for Chinese people but also an honor for all Huizhou citizens.”
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Expo. And, CNOOC’s project was awarded with the top prize
of IPMA international Project Management Excellence; the
golden prize for mega-sized projects.
Individual view on competences
How did you do it? ( success of a Lady on the East)
How I did it in the first place and how I am still working as a Project Manager on Middle East
Projects is a result of the mix of the requested competences and the recognition by the
Management of the Major Oil/Petrochemical Companies of the expertise against the still
existing stereotypes and/or prejudices well known to all the women. It is a matter of fact that
the “Contracting” world is an environment dominated by the men; and this is even more
stringent in certain geographical areas.
In any case, there are values belonging to every human being that are the richness for which
I strongly believe any society have to invest to promote the development of the people:
the Culture (all the multiculture) and the Instruction (education). On this I invested very
much and I am still investing and promoting it, first to my two children and then to all my
colleagues and collaborators.
I entered in a Greek Engineering University in 1989 after a tough selection process leaving
my city Argos to join a University of Xanthi at approx. 1000 Km from my house. After my
degree in 1994, I moved to the capital Athens where I began my working career in a small
I had the opportunity to move to different discipline departments learning of “how to do
things” to be become a Project Engineer and then a Project Manager. During this process,
I had the opportunity to work on several projects in Europe, Middle East and Russia. I was
interacting with different cultures which I studied and respected in all their values.
I take this occasion to thank the Company for which I am working, Tecnimont, which
promotes the competence and the entrepreneurial behaviours as the main characteristics
to be considered. When I was proposed to become a Project Manager for a Mega Project
like Habshan-5 in UAE and then for the Project I am presently managing in Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia, I had long interviews with the Client Senior Management where it became
evident that the respect of the person and due considerations of what shehe can do
was not dictated by consideration about being femalemale but about your know-how,
experiences and capabilities to interact daily with a multicultural team co-operating with all
the members in full respect of their cultures and sensitivities.
Is it all that I described easy? Absolutely no: the work environment for a woman is not easy
in Middle East as well as in Europe; but I am truly convinced that my current activities are
evidence for all women that “we can do it” - avoiding to be influenced by stereotypes that it
does not mean under evaluating the realty in front of us.
Project Manager for
Middle East Projects
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Which IPMA competences help you to achieve your
First of all are the competences about how to manage a
team - through the understanding of the group dynamics
with whom you are requested to deal from the beginning of
the “storming phase”, when you are setting up your Team,
to the “performing phase”, when you are requesting high
performance of your colleagues; manage
and physical erecting dealing with the local realties.
From my perspective, the above are the more difficult and
at the same time more fascinating and gratifying tasks of
my daily activities. Coming to more engineering oriented
aspects, the competences about the overall process of
an Industrial Project starting from the Feasibility Phase to
the Proposal and then, if awarded, the Execution Phase to
the very sensitive Plant Handover and Project Close Out
Phases, are very much essential to guide the team towards a
The IPMA Governance consists of a Council of Delegates with a Chairman, an Executive Board with the President and six Vice-
Presidents, several Management Boards with a chairperson, working groups and project teams as well as an Executive Director with
Secretariat and several contractors. The Council and Board Members are from all over the world and reflect the Global nature of IPMA.
IPMA’s governance structure follows the governing structure of an association registered in Zürich (CH) after the Swiss Civil Code
(Verein nach Art. 60 ff. des Schweizerischen Zivilgesetzbuchs).
The by-laws which are drafted in conformity with Swiss Law define in its article (Article 10.1) that the Council of Delegates is the highest
decision making body of the organisation. It is composed of representatives nominated by the Member Association according to their
voting rights. It decides on important topics of the organisation defined in Article 11 of the by-laws. Among these topics is the election
of the members of the Executive Board composed of a minimum of four vice-presidents. The Council also nominates the auditors of
the organisation. It ratifies memberships of the organisation.
The Executive Board manages the activities of the Executive Director who manages the secretariat of the organisation. It supervises
the activities of working groups, programmes and projects and expedites progress. The chairs of working groups manage their
members who should reflect the international composition of the organisation.
The Impact of Megaprojects
Today the challange in front of the Investors (Owners), the
Contracting Industries and thus to all the Project Management
World is the managing of the “Higher Project Complexity”.
The Oil/Gas & Petrochemical Industries are moving to
Mega Projects necessary to assure the profitability of the
investments in a world where the competitiveness of different
geographical areas is daily in front of us. Just few examples of
what is characterizing the market include: the new era of the
Shale Gas in the USA with the abundant and cheap availability
of gas and associated C2/C3 steam; the need of having large
scale multi-products Petrochemical Complex in Middle East/
Far East to assure the maintaining of the market positions; the
exploration of new remote areas for gas and oil extraction and
then treatment.The Project Management World has a really
big task in front of it: to serve the Investor (Owner) and the
Contracting assuring the due competences to create value
in a balanced way to all the stake holders always assuring
the respect of the health and safety of any workers and the
protection of the environment .
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Based on the bylaws, the Council of Delegates is the highest decision making body. Each Member Association nominates one Council
representative (and one substitute), who attends the Council meetings twice a year. The Executive Board together with the Executive
Director are responsible for the operational management of IPMA and sets the practical guidelines for all approved activities. The
Executive Board and the Executive Director organise the administration, assess new candidates for membership and represent IPMA
in all external relations.
Several management boards support the activities, services, and ongoing development of IPMA:
IPMA Council of Delegates take a brief break, Rotterdam (Netherlands), 2014
Swiss Civil Code
Council of Delegates
Member Association 2 Auditors
ExBo President, min. 4 VPs
Chairman of Working Groups Executive Director
Member of working groups Secretariat
IPMA’s governance structure
Award Management Board
Certification Validation Management Board
Research Management Board
Young Crew Management Board
Education and Training Management Board
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IPMA GOODS, PRODUCTS AND
The impressive range of goods, services and products from IPMA
and through its family members of Member Associations (MAs) are
explained in this section. With fourteen topics there is something for
everyone – from individual to teams to organisations, for students
to practioners, from learning to earning, from taking to giving.
Certification of Individuals ..... 20
Certification of Project Managers (4 Levels) ..... 20
Certification of Project Management Consultants ..... 22
Certification of Organizations (IPMA Delta®) ..... 23
IPMA Advanced Courses ..... 24
IPMA Awards ..... 25
IPMA World Congress ..... 30
IPMA Ethics ..... 31
IPMA Expert Seminars ..... 32
IPMA Registration System ..... 33
IPMA Research Conference ..... 34
IPMA SIG & ProjeXchange ..... 35
IPMA Standards ..... 36
IPMA Training aid programme (TAP) ..... 37
Young Crew ..... 38
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Certification of individuals
IPMA certification started in 1998, the same year was published 1st version of ICB, v.1.0. Today, more than ever, everyone is demanding
improved results from their project, programme, and portfolio initiatives. And others are now beginning to understand the importance
of broad competences, that include behavioral and contextual areas. IPMA encourages a range of practitioner roles to explore
essential knowledge foundations, then expand beyond knowledge, to achieve PM competence, and project success.
While IPMA manages the 4-L-C system, the Certification Bodies of our Member Associations perform the actual assessments and
certification. The certification process involves several steps for the assessment of a candidate. The assessment steps for individuals
are applied to each of the IPMA competence levels A, B C, and D. If the Candidate meets the Competence Requirements he can
apply directly to the desired Level. The IPMA four-level certification programme is designed as an ongoing competence development
process. Every step up the four-level competence stair incorporates adequate development in self-knowledge and verified
competence. While each IPMA Member Association may have different names or titles, and some have additional roles at some levels,
we all use the basic role-based certification approach, as shown in the model below.
IPMA four-level certification program
The roles in the 4-L-C system, with their distinctive
IPMA Level A: Certified Projects Director manages complex
project portfolios and programmes.
IPMA Level B: Certified Senior Project Manager manages
complex projects. Minimum five years of experience.
IPMA Level C: Certified Project Manager manages projects of
moderate complexity. Minimum three years of experience.
IPMA Level D: Certified Project Management Associate applies
project management knowledge when working on projects.
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“IPMA certification has given
me self-knowledge, an extended
network and a verification of
Per-Olof Sandberg Program Manager, Major programs SEB
IPMA’s 4-L-C demonstrates a level of rigor that helps to assure knowledge, experience, competence and performance for each role.
For example, our guidelines on complexity, for our Advanced, professionally assessed, competence-based certifications, Levels A, B
and C, require more than experience in simple projects. Instead, we require end-to-end responsibility and authority in projects of a
certain minimum size, and organizational impact. Of all the persons leading projects around the World today, many do not have the
authority, or manage projects of sufficient complexity, to qualify for our advanced certifications. Still our IPMA Level D, as with other
knowledge-based certifications, is an excellent starting point for advancement.
The IPMA certification is recognised worldwide. Over the last 10 years IPMA has certified more than 250,000 project managers in
over 60 countries across the globe. Global corporations benefit from IPMA’s international presence and recognition. We enable them
to use the same certification for the entire company in all countries. The examination process has no language barriers. Candidates
always have the choice of doing the certification in their own language or in English. No matter where you live or what language you
speak, you are always welcome to certify your competence with IPMA.
Animated discussion within IPMA Certification Systems Panel, 2014
Verifies to the market that the organisation has qualified
Stimulates the professional environment for skilled
project management and contributes to an ongoing
advancement of competence levels.
Promotes visualisation of the career process for project
managers in the organisation.
Ensures that the project management is placed in the
right hands — also for recruitment of project managers.
For the organisation: For the project manager:
Documents knowledge, behavior and experience – i.e.
competence in management of projects.
Advances one’s own competence level, because
participation in the certification programme provides a
useful learning process.
Gives feedback regarding areas in which additional
competencies are necessary.
Provides a structure for personal development as
a project manager by using certification levels as
The IPMA 4-L-C
offers benefits both for the
organisation and the
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Certification of PM Consultants
To fulfill the certification needs of PM Consultants, IPMA has extended the Four Level Certification (4-L-C) system with a Two-Level
Certification for PM Consultants. The IPMA certification system for PM Consultants, like 4-L-C system for professional project
managers, is used by the network of IPMA National Certification Bodies (CBs), each operating the certification scheme in their nation.
Project, Programme and Portfolio Management Consultants (PM Consultants) are fulfilling an important role in project management
practice. However, they are not accountable for the Project, Programme, Portfolio products and outcomes but, instead, they are
advising project managers and organizations. The candidate shall be able to deliver PM consultancy services on a PM strategic,
organisation and strategy implementation level (Executive level, Project Portfolio or Programme Responsible, PM Responsible).
The IPMA certification systems, including 4-L-C system and PM Consultant certification system, are compliant with ISO 17024
(Conformity assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons) with a few modifications that are
appropriate to the area of project management. Eligibility criteria, functional areas and the responsibilities expected of PM Consultants
are identified at each of the two levels of PM Consultants: IPMA PMC: IPMA Certified Project Management Consultant and IPMA PPMC:
IPMA Certified Programme and Portfolio Management Consultant.
Expert seminar, 2014 – How did they get in?
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Certification of organizations (IPMA Delta®)
IPMA Delta assesses the current status of an organisation’s organisational competence in managing projects and the delta to a self-
determined competence class (IPMA Delta competence classes 1-5). This achievement points the way for the organisation to move
to the next dimension of organisational competence in managing projects. This assessment is offered in 2012 by IPMA as respected,
world leading, independent and neutral project management organisation. The investment to participate in this assessment in time,
internal resources and cost terms remains suprisingly effective throughout the entire process.
IPMA Delta is the most comprehensive project management assessment for the entire organisation, a 360° PERSPECTIVE. IPMA Delta
offers organisations a decisive advantage. This Delta Effect opens up a new dimension through which organisations can increase their
competitive edge. It adds measureable value and positive change.
in managing projects.
Up to the next dimension
The model used for IPMA Delta assessments consists of three modules based on leading project management standards: IPMA
Individual Competence Baseline (ICB), IPMA Project Excellence Baseline (PEB) and IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline (OCB).
Use the Delta Effect to boost the success of your project management.
The IPMA Delta-Model
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IPMA Advanced Courses
In 1989, IPMA wanted to offer opportunities for advancing competences of experts in project, programme and portfolio management
and thus launched the IPMA Advanced Courses.
The IPMA Advanced Courses address a broad range of topics. In 2015, the following topics were covered: proactive preparation and
start-up of projects; managing opportunity and risk in new ways; develop your charismatic project leadership; effective leadership in
virtual project teams; advancing project management in organisations; programme management for effective change; and managing
corporate project portfolios. Through the Advanced Courses the participants can benefit from respected experts with profound
experiences in the topic, they can share their own experiences, and polish their behavioural skills.
More enthusiastic attendees at IPMA Advanced courses, Copenhagen (Denmark), 2014
The high reputation of the Advanced Courses is based on a number of elements: small class sizes, highly interactive training with
active participation, use of case studies and projects from the participants’ own organisations; and opportunities to network with
internationally experienced individuals – all in a relaxed learning environment, which includes having fun!
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The IPMA Awards support professional project management in recognising high performance and also identifies projects as examples
of excellent project management.
IPMA recognises and acknowledges excellent projects, people and teams by providing recognition that proves their success.
Applicants, finalists and winners will be eligable for:
international highest honours and worldwide recognition,
systematic feedback about their strengths and potential improvements in their project management,
good opportunities to make multi-dimensional and world wide advertising for their marketing activity,
opportunities to celebrate their achievements and success within their organisations, with their teams and alongside their
customers and stakeholders.
High performance in projects and excellent project management has become imperative in the curricula of today’s business leaders
and engineers. In the move to raise the professional project management skills, in 2002 IPMA launched the IPMA Project Excellence
Model and introduced the IPMA International Project Excellence Award. The aim of the IPMA International Project Excellence Award
is to increase the recognition of projects from different countries, different industries and different organisations and to motivate
project teams to develop and improve project management.
Project Excellence Awards
“It’s a panoramic evaluation – 360° – which clearly
established Herschel-Planck as the outstanding
program in its category. It was a good training
for my following project management activities. I
learned a lot from the evaluation model. Indeed a
good benchmark of project management results.”
Jean-Michel Reix, Thales Alenia Space, Gold Winner 2014
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“Winning the Award was an exceptional experience
we shared with our customer and was a further
confirmation that long service agreements are
the right basis for strong partnership, innovation,
performance and success.”
Mr. Michele Filidoro, GE Oil & Gas, Award Winner 2011
“There are rare possibilities for a Project to
be audited or evaluated from outside by PM
professionals. The IPMA Project Excellence
Award is such a possibility, providing international
If you are tough enough, apply for the Award!”
Mr. Dan Donciulesku SIVECO Romania SA, Award Finalists
Since 2013 the International Project Management Association’s (IPMA) Achievement Awards, through its local Member Associations,
have provided opportunities for industry recognition, at both the project and individual level, and for project teams and project
as part of preparing the written submissions and to have their performance compared to similar projects and peers, and garner
positive publicity for well-managed, innovative projects.
IPMA Achievement Awards
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The Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid Award is made to an overseas project (or programme) where completion or a large
milestone has been reached. The Award recognizes a project managed or supported by a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
that has brought a major benefit to a community.
“Being recognized by such prestigious entity as IPMA assures MAHAK’s ever-expanding family that the path
is correct and the efforts towards reducing the malignancy effects of cancer for children and their families are
bearing fruit. “
MAHAK’s Two Year Operational – Developmental Project by MAHAK- the Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer, Iran-
Gold Winner 2014
Humanitarian Aid Projects
Community, cultural or volunteer-based projects as well as projects that are conducted by or underpin/promote the education,
development, preservation and well being of indigenous, disadvantaged, or disabled people or which are undertaken in not-for-profit
“It is a single platform to reach out to global PM crowd on your work that you dearly motivated for. It gives you a
unique opportunity for experience sharing with other awards applicants and finalists and judges automatically
helps you set a benchmark for your organization and others who are in similar sector.
Tikajit Rai, MAGNUS- Award Winners 2013
Integrating Information Technologies in Rural Nepal through Small Farmers Agriculture Cooperative
Any programme/project director, project manager or project team member who normally resides in an IPMA Member Association
country is eligible to enter, or be entered in, the awards. A winning individual will be one who demonstrates, through narratives and
documentary evidence, excellence and/or innovation in project management over a cumulative period of not less than two years.
PM of the Year
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The IPMA Young Project Manager Award is awarded annually to recognize and motivate young professional project managers around
the world. It recognizes rising talent in the project and program management industries by honoring young project managers for their
accomplishments early in their careers.
“Winning the 2014 IPMA Young Project Manager Award is certainly a great recognition for me and my
teams. This has not only contributed in elevating my career but has also branded my company with a great
honor. The IPMA is one of the largest professional project management body, so this is recognition on an
international scale. I would strongly encourage project management professionals to apply for the award and
get internationally recognised.”
Mehmood Alam, UK- Award Winner 2014
Young Project Manager of a Year
IPMA recognises excellence in project management research by young researchers (under 35 years of age), established researchers,
and teams. The goal of IPMA Research Awards is to promote excellence within the research community. Researchers may come from
academia, other research institutions or industry. Researchers may come from disciplines other than project management but must
contribute to the development of project, programme management, project-oriented companies or any element named in the IPMA
ICB. There are two types of Research Awards: IPMA Young Researcher Award and Research Achievement Award.
Recognized, respected researchers with ExBo members at IPMA
Research Awards, 2014
The IPMA Research
Awards aim to promote
excellent research to
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IPMA is the world´s first international Project
IPMA World Congress
programs and portfolios and their management with the gathering of the world’s leading practitioners and managers, representatives
of global companies as well as academic staff, students and young people. The first IPMA World Congress was held in Vienna, in 1967.
The IPMA Congress has large global and regional impacts and importance in the development of trends and practices of project
management, exchange of experience and information, support of regional and local development, as well as arranging plans for
future initiatives. At the same time Congress is a great opportunity and encouragement for networking opportunities, celebrations,
congratulations and the development of the profession of Project Management around the
Young Crew explore horizons at 27th IPMA World Congress in
Dubrovnik (Croatia), 2013
IPMA PEA Team at 26th IPMA World Congress
in Athens (Greece), 2012
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INTERNET/IPMA World Congresses
1. 1967 Vienna (AT)
2. 1969 Amsterdam (NL)
3. 1972 Stockholm (SE)
4. 1974 Paris (FR)
5. 1976 Birmingham (UK)
6. 1979 Garmisch -Partenkirchen (DE)
7. 1982 Copenhagen (DK)
8. 1985 Rotterdam (NL)
9. 1988 Glasgow (UK)
10. 1990 Vienna (AT)
11. 1992 Florence (IT)
12. 1994 Oslo (NO)
13. 1996 Paris (FR)
14. 1998 Ljubljana (SI)
15. 2000 London (UK)
16. 2002 Berlin (DE)
17. 2003 Moscow (RU)
18. 2004 Budapest (HU)
19. 2005 New Delhi (IN)
20. 2006 Beijing (CN)
21. 2007 Cracow (PO)
22. 2008 Rome (IT)
23. 2009 Helsinki (FI)
24. 2010 Istanbul (TR)
25. 2011 Brisbane (AU)
26. 2012 Athens (GR)
27. 2013 Dubrovnik (HR)
28. 2014 Rotterdam (NL)
29. 2015 Panama (PA)
IPMA adopted a new Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct in March 2015 to be mandatory for all people acting on behalf of IPMA
and its members. The application of this code enables us to promote our core values of “integrity”, accountability and transparency”.
IPMA recognizes that projects, programmes and portfolios, affect people, society and the natural environment in diverse ways, both
locally and globally. Project, programme and portfolio management are fast developing disciplines in an increasingly globalized world.
Through this growth, we are presented with new challenges, both in our individual endeavors as professionals and on the whole as a
Moving the profession forward by acting ethically!
IPMA believes that by committing to acting ethically we will make our projects, programmes and portfolios better and that this will
serve to further our profession. The IPMA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct lays out the principles and minimum duties we hold
towards the project, programme or portfolio owners, teams, stakeholders, society and natural environment.
IPMA acknowledge that community spirit and the relations between professionals and their clients depend upon trust, mutual respect
and the appreciation of our diversity.
When working with clients, project owners and other stakeholders we endevour to act with integrity, accountability and transparency.
IPMA realise that work in project, programme or portfolio management may present us with a variety of ethical challenges and IPMA
believes that it is through these values that we will best be able to meet them.
IPMA welcome the diverse origins of ethical norms - secular and religious alike - and seek to treat difference with respect. We sign
the IPMA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to demonstrate adherence to the fundamental values that must guide all our
professional conducts and practices.
IPMA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
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IPMA Expert Seminars
The IPMA International Expert Seminars follow a established format by addressing particular and forward looking themes. These
themes provide clear directions for the presentations and discussions. The results are brought to the plenum.
Experts from various sectors of the economy and university institutes as well as different cultural backgrounds explain the issues
and trends for each theme. Recommendations are developed based on various case studies, research results and theories. An
authoritative publication makes available the results of the Expert Seminars for a wider audience.
Expert Seminar, “Future Trends in Project, Programme and Portfolio Management”, 2014
Expert Seminar, “Behavioral and Contextual Competences for project
management success”, with more on speakers panel than in audience, 2009
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IPMA Registration is offered to IPMA Member Associations in 2009, as a method to engage with relevant Educational and Training
organizations. Providers register their IPMA-related training programmes and courses. This improves the respect and visibility of
organisations who desire competence improvement in project management. The audiences comprise the Project Management
Educators and Trainers, and those who would engage them. The benefits are assurance that the learning aligns with IPMA’s broader
understanding of the foundations for initiative success.
The purpose of the IPMA Registration Programme is to provide IPMA Member Associations with an instrument to improve the
communication between project managers or their organisations requesting competence improvement in project management ––
and the organisers that administer and perform education programmes or training courses in project management. IPMA Registration
in a country guarentee that the objectives and content of the registered programme/course is mapped by the organiser against the
National Competence Baseline (NCB) issued by the Member Association, and that the claimed level of competence development
opportunity is verified by the Member Association.
The logotype “IPMA Registered Training Course” is provided
to training process of up to 60 hours – including preparation,
training session, self-study, and practicing.
The logotype “IPMA Registered Education Programme” is
provided to education processes of more than 60 hours –
again including preparation, training sessions, self-study, and
The logotype “IPMA Registered Extensive Programme” is
provided to education processes of more than 360 hours –
again including preparation, training sessions, self-study, and
The logotypes include the Member Association’s country code and indicate both the
association who has performed the registration process – and the geographical area
where the IPMA Registration is valid.
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IPMA Research Conference
IPMA Research Conferences aim to bring all researchers, experts, scholars and practitioners together to discuss and exchange
research achievement and ideas on how to bridge theory and practice of project, programme and portfolio management. The IPMA
Research Management Board aspires to enable all IPMA Member Associations to cooperate globally in future research. The German
Project Management Association (GPM) hosted the first IPMA Research Conference 2013 in Berlin. The second Research Conference
was held in Tianjin, China in the year of 2014 and the third one is planned to happen in Capetown, South Africa.
The conferences focus on sharing, exchanging and discussing specific themes in order to resolve existing and future challenges of the
profession. A maximum of interaction is enabled by using facilitation methods such as the World Café, Open Space, Fish Bowl Sessions
Agreeing directions at 1st IPMA Research Conference, Berlin (Germany), 2013
Big friendly crowd at 2nd IPMA Research Conference, Tijang,(China) 2014
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ProjeXchange aims at bringing together experts for an exchange of ideas, experiences and know-how to develop the profession in a
certain sector or direction. The focus of a ProjeXchange event could be a specific sector, a hot topic or a challenge which is interesting
for the profession. It brings together people from different persepctives, e.g. countries, cultures, functions and or disciplines.
Delegates waiting for the ProjeXchange-Event of the PMO SIG, London (UK), 2014
It can be offered as a 1 to 2 days onsite facilitated workshop, followed up with additional face-to-face sessions at regularly scheduled
IPMA conferences, plus year-round virtual support. Methods and tools utilized for the interaction could include World Café, Open
Space, workshops, flashmobs, surveys and sessions on social media such as Linkedin, Facebook, Google Drive, YouTube or Project
The audience includes but is not limited to corporate and individual members of IPMA´s Member Associations, special interest groups
(SIGs), representatives of government, public services, research institutes, industry experts, Young Crew members, research award
candidates and winners, IPMA partners, university students, World Congress presenters.
Productive period at ProjeXchange-Event of the PMO SIG, London (UK), 2014
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Standards are essential in an increasing complex world. They should enable collaboration within and across organisations in order
to improve effectiveness and efficiency in project related activities. Globalization forces a lot of organisations to undertake projects
in an multi-national and cross-cultural context. Thus, standards should give guidance for people to involved in such activities. IPMA
and its Member Associations are involved in standardisation since the late 1960s. Besides developing its own global standards IPMA
is engaged as category A liaison to the ISO/TC 258 Project, Programme and Portfolio Management and actively participates in the
work being performed. Furthermore, IPMA is a full member of the Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS), which
provides independent reference benchmarks for project management standards and assessments.
IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (IPMA ICB ®)
The core standard of IPMA is the IPMA Individual Competence Baseline (ICB), now available in Version
4.0. Various stakeholders, managers and team members of projects, programmes and portfolios are
using the ICB for their competence development. Within the IPMA 4-Level-Certification system, the
IPMA ICB serves as the baseline for assessments. Furthermore, it can be used as a guide for consultants,
trainers, lecturers and researchers.
IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline (IPMA OCB ®)
IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline (IPMA OCB) introduces the concept of organisational
competence in managing projects. It is a holistic approach for organisations to strengthen their
management of projects, programmes and portfolios. IPMA OCB offers insights for all organisations
interested in understanding how to improve the ways projects, programmes and portfolios are managed
in an organisation.
IPMA Project Excellence Baseline ® (IPMA PEB)
IPMA Project Excellence Baseline (IPMA PEB), aims at promoting competence in managing projects
and programmes complementing our previous standards for individual competences (ICB) and
organisational competences in managing projects (IPMA OCB). We now expect every excellent project
to consider sustainability and environment with a long term perspective not as an option but rather as a
default. In other words, IPMA have moved away from the past practice of allowing each project to decide
what is in scope or not to a more normative approach of telling that considerations about sustainability
and impact on the environment is a prerequisite for project excellence.
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IPMA Training Aid Programmes (TAP)
In 2008 IPMA launched its much appreciated and well-known Training Aid Programme (TAP) under its Education & Training Board.
Under TAP, 1/2 – 1 day project management seminars are organized in interested non-IPMA member countries in association with
local universities, government bodies, professional associations and other non-profit bodies.
TAP offers training courses on project management either at an introductory level or at an advance level for audiences such as
executives, managers, Government officials, and project Professionals. Project professionals are provided with new insights to the
benefits of their PM competence.
TAP is also a support system to help starting a new IPMA Member Association in a country with interests of moving the profession
Enthusiasts at IPMA Training Aid Programme, Ciudad de México (México), 2011
Fascinated delegates at IPMA Training Aid Programme with UNAPEC, Santo
Domingo (Dominican Republic), 2013
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The Global Young Crew Workshop is the annual hightlight of the IPMA Young Crew family. Since 2005 Young Crew members from all
over the world come together to learn, share experiences and develop Project Management during this three day event. Students and
Young Professionals alike enjoy world class keynotes and interactive workshops and celebrate the international vibrant community.
The Global Young Crew Workshop is the hub for ideas that creates new services and projects for the community such as GeCCo or the
new Young Crew to Young Crew project.
The Project Management Championships (PMC) Programme is a set of national competitions (projects) with an international final.
The PMC is a global competition in which students studying project management in a higher education curriculum take on each other
in project related rivalry. Purpose of the competition is to support project education, develop interest towards project management
and at the same time provide a fun way to prove ones leadership and methodical skills. As with each IPMA project, participants will also
have a great opportunity to network among other like-minded future professionals and organizations.
During the academic year 2014/2015, 516 students from 6 countries- Spain, Finland, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Chile – competed
in the Project Management Championships with the Finnish team winning the international finals. For the next project management
championship’s with the final in Riga, we expect an even more challenging national round and a peculation final.
IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop attracted over 80 young PM enthusiasts
from more than 15 countries.
9th IPMA Global Young Crew Workshop – upwards
Welcome guidance to a team at the Project Management
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THE IPMA MEMBERSHIP
On each of the following pages a flourishing national project management
community has taken the opportunity to describe and explain itself – and
provide links for more information, contact, participation – all leading
towards a world in which all projects succeed.
All of these contributions are greatly appreciated, welcomed and
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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ...............................
COSTA RICA ................................................................
Czech REPUBLIC .....................................................
Dominican Republic ...........................................
SOUTH AFRICA ..........................................................
ROC (Taiwan) ...........................................................
united kingdom ....................................................
United States .........................................................
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of Project Management
fter a year of work, the Project Management
Association in Argentina (AGP.A) began its local
registry in the last quarter of 2014, and was accepted
by IPMA in September 2014. The AGP.A is taking its first steps,
looking forward to be a reference in the area. Argentina
is a large country in area, with centralised economic
development. Buenos Aires is the leading city in importance
and density. The larger projects are in the hinterland. This fact
means the most important challenge for the AGP.A: planning
of the opening of its shares to the whole country, giving equal
opportunities to all professionals.
Argentina is geographically located in South America.
It is bordered by Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.
Argentina has a wide Atlantic Ocean coastline.
It has a surface area of 2 780 400 km2, and a population of
41 446 246 inhabitants, with almost 40% of people located
in Buenos Aires Province and the City of Buenos Aires. The
official language is Spanish.
In October 2014,
its first satellite,
space from the
base in Kourou,
It will provide
services to Argentina,
Chile, Uruguay and
DID YOU KNOW?
The creation of the AGP.A - IPMA is the biggest challenge in the field of project management in our country, serving local needs for
personal and professional development. The projected growth, under the “Work Network” model, implies the coverage of the entire
country through regional nodes that incorporate local human resources committed to the IPMA features.
The agreement with local institutions, within the area of project management, will provide technical resource in IPMA’s all training
and broadcast actions.
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Australian Institute of
he Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
is the premier, longest-serving body for project
management in Australia. Founded as the Project
Management Forum in the late 1970’s, the AIPM has now
grown to be the home of over 10 000 members amongst our
eight state chapters. It is recognised by Australian business,
industry and government as the key promoter, developer and
leader in project management professionalism.
The AIPM is currently the second largest member of the
International Project Management Association (IPMA), and is
also the secretariat of the Asia Pacific Federation of Project
Management (apfpm), an organisation initiated by the AIPM
in early 2010. The organisation is led by CEO Yvonne Butler
and a board of directors consisting of highly experienced
project and industry professionals.
House, situated on
in Sydney Harbour,
is one of the most
of the 20th
and one of the most
arts centres in the
DID YOU KNOW?
The AIPM is a member-based organisation which exists to serve its members and project managers in the region. It has led the way
in terms of developing project management standards and competency frameworks in the region, and was recently appointed as
the regional certifying body for IPMA. In 2016, the AIPM will be proud to host the first IPMA Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in
Sydney. As a result, the AIPM now delivers local and international certifications concurrently.
The AIPM is the voice of project management in Australia, and its vision is to be regarded as a world authority on project
management practices and competency, and to provide top quality and relevant services to our members and partners.
AIPM’s role is to improve the knowledge, skills and competence of project managers and related project personnel, all of whom play
a key part in the achievement of business objectives – not just project objectives.
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rojekt Management Austria (pma) currently has 1150
members and is Austria’s largest PM association.
Established in the „Wild Sixties“ and registered as a
non-profit association in 1973, pma nowadays is a well-
established and highly recognised organisation. pma provides
a platform for communication, professional training and
A wide range of events are organised by pma, the two most
important ones being the PM congress “pma focus” and the
“pma award gala dinner”.
Austria is a small but beautiful country in the heart of Europe.
It has a long and eventful history with the origins of modern-
day Austria dating back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty.
With an area of 84 000 km2 and approximately 8 million
inhabitants, Austria consists of 9 independent federal states.
The terrain is highly mountainous and the climate moderate.
Austria is internationally renowned for its contributions to
music, arts and sciences.
capital, was ranked
the world’s most
liveable city by the
2015 Study - for the
6h time in a row!
DID YOU KNOW?
pma operates as the official IPMA certification body in Austria and represents Austria within the IPMA. pma and IPMA have always
had close ties – from the first IPMA World Congress taking place in Vienna in 1967 to Brigitte Schaden, president of pma functioning
as president of IPMA in 2009 and 2010.
On a national level, pma puts special emphasis on support and professional development of the next generations. Through the pma
young crew and a range of diverse activities, pma cooperates with schools, universities and other educational institutions.
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Azerbaijan Project Management
zerbaijan Project Management Association (AzPMA)
was established in 1999 and within last 15 years has
been implementing a range of successful projects.
Azerbaijan is very proud to be given the opportunity to host
the CoD Meeting of IPMA in Baku, 2012.
The mission of AzPMA is to form methods of business
management in Azerbaijan on the basis of international
standards of project management.
Azerbaijan (official name: the Republic of Azerbaijan) is
situated at the crossroads of the continents, between West
and East, in the heart of the Trans-Caucasian transport
corridor. Azerbaijan is a country with a very rich and ancient
On the territory of the present-day Republic, which was a
junction of trade-routes from Asia to Europe in ancient times,
6308 historical, archaeological and architectural monuments
can be found.
Baku is divided into
districts. The Inner
City of Baku, along
with the Shirvanshahs’
Palace and the Maiden
Tower, was included
in the UNESCO World
Heritage List in 2000.
DID YOU KNOW?
AzPMA is proactive in the market of intellectual services, in the field of modern technologies of project management and it helps the
development of companies. Main areas of AzPMA’s activity: advancement and introduction of international project management
standards, their coordination with the national systems of management in the Republic of Azerbaijan, certification of managers in
project management on international standards of the IPMA, creation of special conditions of AzPMA membership and organisation
of sharing experiences between project managers in membership club.
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Project Management Association
of Bosnia and Herzegovina
roject Management Association of Bosnia and
Herzegovina is one of the newest members of IPMA.
Officially, it was introduced into the IPMA family in
March 2011. That same year, the Association was honored
to be the organiser of the Executive Board meeting in
Sarajevo. Despite the fact that the Association exists for
just a little over three years, it has been very active in terms
of promotion and presentation of IPMA in BiH, which has
resulted in almost 280 certified project managers during
those three years of existence.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in Southeastern Europe,
situated in the west of the Balkan Peninsula. To the north,
west and southeast it is bordered by Croatia, to the east by
Serbia and to the southeast by Montenegro.
It is composed of two entities, the Federation of Bosnia
and Herzegovina and the Republic of Srpska. In addition
to extremely fertile land it abounds forests and fresh water
Bosnia and Herzegovina
has got many beautiful
rivers. Una River is 212
km long and considered
probably the most beautiful
river in the entire Bosnia
and Herzegovina. It is
characterized by long
canyons, cascades and
numerous rapids and
DID YOU KNOW?
PMA of BiH is an opportunity for educated young people to improve their knowledge in the field of project management through
learning and volunteering. These opportunities may lead them to more successful mastering of business activities which could help
the successful transition of Bosnia and Herzegovina into the European Union. PMA of BiH strongly supports them by organising
numerous seminars and conferences.
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Brasil (IPMA Brasil)
nternational Project Management Association Brasil
(IPMA Brasil) was established in December 2009, and was
accepted into the IPMA Family in 2010. As the biggest
country in Latin America, Brazil is very proud to have been
the part of the IPMA LATNET initiative since 2014. IPMA Brasil
has a key role in project management in Brazil, since for the
first time, the system thinking approach of the IPMA eye of
competence could be noticed by companies and universities,
and understood as a complete model to evaluate the
individual professional contribution to business results.
Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest
country in both South America and the Latin American
It is the world’s fifth largest country, both by geographical
area and by population. It is the largest Portuguese-speaking
country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.
A Brazilian inventor
called Santos Dumont is
responsible for inventing
a machine heavier than
the air, which could take
off by itself, fly along
100 meters and land!
Yes, we are talking about
the airplane! The same
inventor was responsible
for the creation of a
DID YOU KNOW?
IPMA Brasil has only one focus: to deliver PM results through PM competent professionals. The pursuit for excellence is presented by
our classes, workshops, and all initiatives that our executive board provides for Brazilian PM Community. IPMA Brazil aided to create
the biggest in-company initiative programme of Master in Project Management: almost 30 classes for the biggest oil company in
Brazil, provided by Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. This example proves that we are promoting integration of various projects,
programme and portfolio management references for the development of PM competences and the contribution to excellence in
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Bulgarian Project Management
ulgarian Project Management Association (BPMA) was
established in April 2002 and was accepted to IPMA in
October 2004. BPMA represents the interests of a wide
range of local experts from the private sector, government
and local authorities, working in the field of project
management. BPMA is a non-profit organisation, which has
a goal to affirm and develop modern project management
practices among local experts. We believe that good results
are always preceded by serious efforts in organisation and
communication, so our main focus is in bringing up the skills
and knowledge of our members.
Bulgaria is located in Southeastern Europe and is an
important transport connection between Europe and Asia.
It borders Black Sea to the east, Romania to the west,
Serbia and Macedonia to the north, and Greece and Turkey
to the south. Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic. In 2004
the country joined NATO and since 2007 has been a part
of the European Union. Bulgarian territory has one of the
most ancient cultural heritages in the world. Next to the
many historical monuments, the country abounds with many
natural sights and phenomena.
The oldest processed gold
in the world, dated to
approximately 4500 BC,
was discovered in Bulgaria.
Some of the oldest scripts
in the world have been
DID YOU KNOW?
Bulgaria is becoming a preferred investment destination for companies from an increasing number of sectors, as well as a space
for the realisation of European projects. In this regard, BPMA supports the economic development of the country, actively working
on the introduction of high professional standards in project management and promotion of the project management profession
as a highly specific field, with an application in all areas of business. BPMA collaborated in the preparation and implementation of
projects that contribute to the sustainable development of Bulgaria.
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Project Management Association
of Canada (PMAC) / Association de
gestion de projet du Canada (AGPC)
roject Management Association of Canada (PMAC)
was founded in 2006 and registered with the Canadian
Ministry of Industry in 2007. PMAC joined IPMA as a
transitional member in March 2009, and as a full member in
March 2012. PMAC had the honour of hosting IPMA’s internal
bi-annual assembly of its delegates (known as Council of
Delegates) in March 2014, at the Hotel One King West in
Toronto; an event that was attended by 60 people from
about 30 countries. What’s so special about PMAC is its
ability to run its operations (board meetings, certifications,
trainings) via virtual means, e.g. on-line test for IPMA
certifications levels C & D, on-line payments for certification
applicants and membership renewals, etc.
Canada is in the northern part of the continent of North
America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and
northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million km2 in
total, comprising of 6 time zones, making it the world’s second
largest country by total area and the fourth largest country
by land area. Canada’s common border with the United States
forms the world’s longest land border. 10% of the world’s
forests is in Canada.
Although PMAC is a fairly new member of IPMA, and it has been actively present in many IPMA internal events and activities (Council
of Delegates meetings, membership of IPMA boards, Certification System Panel meetings, and various task forces and workshops)
and external events (World Congresses, Project Award Galas, Expert Seminars), it has made some positive impacts in the Canadian
corporate environment too. 36 IPMA certificates (of which 6 are at levels A & B) have already been issued to the certification
applicants, and 670 PMAC certificates to the agile project certification applicants. Apart from that, PMAC has been an active
partner to a global corporation (Thales in Canada and US), in the areas of PM competence assessment and IPMA certification.
The man who invented
basketball in 1891 was Dr.
James Naismith, a Canadian
living in Massachusetts.
The longest street in the world
is in Canada. Yonge Street in
Ontario starts at Lake Ontario,
and runs north through
Ontario to the Minnesota
border (almost 2000 km).
DID YOU KNOW?
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Chilean Corporation of
Project Management (CCDP)
he Chilean Corporation of Project Management
(Corporación Chilena de Dirección de Proyectos,
CCDP was accepted by IPMA as a TMA in September
2011. Nowadays, the CCDP is consolidating its presence in
Chile through the participation of an increasing number of
individuals and institutional members. The CCDP is becoming
a well-known institution in the area of Project Management in
Chile and recognised for its contributions.
Chile is a very long and narrow country, located in the
southwestern part of South America. The capital of Chile is
the City of Santiago, a modern and very dynamic city.
Its population reaches more than 17 million people and its
territory encompasses an astounding and rough geography.
Chile’s main exports are copper, fruits, wine, salmon, as well as
many other products.
One of the most famous
projects carried out by a team
of Chilean authorities, local and
foreign project managers and
engineers, was the rescue of the
33 Chilean miners trapped in a
mine for more than one and a
half months. The whole world
followed this rescue on TV.
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the main activities during 2014 was the organisation of a successful International Seminar on Current and Future Challenges
of Project Management, which counted around 100 attendants.
The keynote speaker of the Seminar was Dr. Hernán de Solminihac, a former Chilean Minister of Public Work. Lecturers of the
Seminar from IPMA were Dr. Mladen Radjukovic, Dr. Jesús Martínez Almela, and Mr. David Hudson. Mr. Roy Williamson represented
LATNET and Dr. Alfredo Serpell the CCDP. This activity is aligned with the mission of CCDP to promote project management
knowledge in Chile and to contribute to the advancement of this discipline.
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Project Management Research
Committee, China (PMRC)
roject Management Research Committee, China (PMRC)
is the UNIQUE trans-industry, non-profit national
association on project management in China. PMRC was
established in June 1991 and was accepted to IPMA in 1996.
PMRC is the unique umbrella PM association in China,
connecting closely with other industry–oriented and regional
PM organizations in China.
The members of PMRC are distributed in more than 30
provinces and different industry fields such as aviation,
aerospace, information technology, metallurgy, coal industry,
irrigation works, architecture, shipbuilding, petrochemistry,
mining, mechanical industry, weaponry, education,
China (official name: the People’s Republic of China) is an
Asian country which lies in the east of Asia.
China is one of the largest countries in the world with a
territory over 9 600 000 km2, a population of more than 1.3
billion, which is the quarter of the world’s population, and the
world’s second largest GDP.
China’s High-speed train’s core components, traction power
transmission system and network control system have
achieved a label “created in China“. China’s High-speed
railway network exceeds 16 000 kilometers in length, which
makes it the longest high-speed railway in the world.
DID YOU KNOW?
The mission of PMRC is to promote the development of the
discipline and the profession of project management in China,
as well as to accelerate the exchange and cooperation in the
field of PM between China and overseas.
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Association of Engineering
Projects Colombia (aiPco)
he Association of Engineering Projects Colombia is
an organisation that seeks to attest the scientific,
technological and innovation skills that a person can
have in the field of project management . Social, economic,
political and cultural impact that has made proper use of the
methodology management, is an obligatory subject in the
national and global reflection.
aiPco offers its services in the agricultural, petrochemical,
educational and service sectors.
Columbia is the third country in the world in terms of water
resources (1200 rivers -258 great rivers, 1600 lakes, 4500
micro basins and 1900 swamps). It is the second largest
exporter of flowers in the world and has the greatest diversity
of species of flowers, more than 50 000, 3500 of which are
orchids and 233 are native orchids.
Columbian coffee is recognized all over the world. Columbia is
the third largest producer of coffee and has the largest coffee
research centre in the world.
Columbia is the largest
producer of emeralds in
the world, world’s leading
producer of bamboo
and the second largest
producer of blackberries.
The Cerrejon mine in
Columbia is the world’s
largest opened coal mine.
DID YOU KNOW?
Columbia has the largest theatre festival in the world. 102 indigenous tribes enrich its cultural diversity. Two of the highlights of
prehistory in Latin America are in Colombia: Lost City and St. Augustine. Columbia has 1025 known folk rhythms and is the birthplace
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Asociación de Dirección de
Proyectos IPMA (ADIPRO)
he Asociación de Dirección de Proyectos IPMA in Costa
Rica (ADIPRO) was established in 2011. Costa Rica´s
growing economy depends on the successful design
and implementation of projects in both public and private
ADIPRO´s main objective is to popularise IPMA National
Competency Baselines and the certification of professional
project managers, capable of overseeing successful projects
in diverse areas such as IT, social welfare, infrastructure,
exports, tourism, and many others.
Costa Rica (official name: the Republic of Costa Rica) is
a Latin American country, geographically located on the
Central American isthmus, bordered by Nicaragua to the
north and Panamá to the south.
Costa Rica plans to become the first carbon-neutral
country in the world by 2021.
DID YOU KNOW?
ADIPRO´s aim is to develop the profession of project management in Costa Rica. The association works closely with several leading
universities and institutes in the country that offer project management curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate
levels, in order to foster the growth of a critical mass of professional project directors, capable of guiding the country´s growth and
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Croatian Association for
roatian Association for Project Management (CAMP)
was established in May 1999. At the IPMA 15th World
Congress, held from 22 – 25 May 2000, CAPM was
accepted to IPMA - International Project Management
Our mission is to actively promote project management
values, as well as the values of the certification system and
to develop project management profession through our
activities. We are the main support to Young Crew Croatia
because we believe in their knowledge and energy!
Croatia (official name: the Republic of Croatia) is a European
country, geographically located at the transition between
Central and Southeast Europe. Croatia is ranked as one of
the most popular tourist destination in the world. Croatia’s
Adriatic Sea coast contains more than a thousand islands. It
was also the first European country to develop commercial
naturist resorts. During the Croatian history, the most
significant cultural influences came from Central Europe and
the Mediterranean cultural circle.
Croatian inventors are
responsible for numerous
inventions. Among most
popular Croatian inventions
are parachute, torpedo, airship,
Apaurin, pen and even a tie!
DID YOU KNOW?
Our vision is to be the leading organisation for project management that will actively work on setting professional standards,
improving educational programmes in public and private educational institutions and provide support to institutions that want to
improve their organisational skills using the best project management practices.
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Cyprus Project Management
he Cyprus Project Management Society (CPMS), is
a non-profit organisation established in February
2008 with the objective to promote international
project management standards and techniques in Cyprus
and to introduce the benefits from the application of a
project management culture in companies and the society
in general. The effort will entail the institutionalisation of
the project management profession in Cyprus through the
introduction of international project management standards
and techniques and the promotion of accredited project
management academic and professional certifications, to
students and local professionals.
Cyprus is a small island with a vast amount of history. Here
you’ll find an archaeological site dating to the 4th century BC.
But that isn’t what makes Paphos historically unique -- the
remains of ancient tombs, fortresses and palaces have made
the whole town a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Carnival in Cyprus is a unique blend of ancient Greek and later
traditions. To be exact, the Cypriot dessert wine commandaria
is recognised as the world’s oldest named wine.
the Greek goddess
of love, was born
and rose from the
foam (“afros,” in
Greek) near a rock
off what’s now
DID YOU KNOW?
As a member driven professional organisation the CPMS is always open for collaborations with other prestigious international bodies,
active in the wider management discipline that can add value to its members, the business community and the society in general.
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Spolecnost pro projektové
ounded in February 1990, Spolecnost pro projektové
rízení (SPR) was accepted as a member of IPMA in
1993. We are a professional umbrella organisation
for project managers in the Czech Republic. We promote
project management in private, non-profit and academic
sectors, as well as in various fields of human activities. We
organise professional conferences, lectures, workshops
and the Project Manager of the Year competition. Actively
participating in IPMA ICB4 and ICRG 4.0. project versions,
we are the second partner organisation that introduced the
certification process for consultants. We are proud of our
representatives that have been elected to the Young Crew
Situated in the very heart of Europe, the Czech Republic
is a landlocked country with a rich history, which offers a
wealth of cultural, historical and natural places of interest, all
concentrated in a relatively small space.
Prague is among the most frequently visited cities in the
world. Besides its cultural heritage, the Czech Republic is also
known for its top quality spa care and beer production.
Famous Czechs include the Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha,
composers Antonin Dvorak and Bedrich Smetana, marathon
runner Emil Zatopek and the writers Franz Kafka and Milan
The Czech chemist
invented the soft
contact lenses in
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/ IPMA Denmark
ur association was founded in 1975 with focus
on project planning. The bylaws stated that the
association should be terminated after ten years,
which inspired a very active decade. After the closing, the
interested members signed up for direct membership of
IPMA – and formed a network of project management. After
a second decade, the use of the IPMA® Certification led to a
re-founding of the association in 1996 – and since 2006 we
have been an institution for Danish Project Management.
The Kingdom of Denmark consists of Denmark, Faroe Islands
and Greenland. It is the oldest continuing kingdom headed by
the same royal family since the 10th century.
The Constitution has been adjusted stepwise – mainly in the
spirit of negotiation – to the needs of various epochs and
since 1849 Denmark has been a constitutional monarchy,
today headed by Queen Margrethe the Second.
Denmark is one of the
countries with the highest
degree of mutual trust
and the lowest degree of
It influences the way of
DID YOU KNOW?
Based on the IPMA Competence Baseline, ICB3, in cooperation with Norway and Sweden, we have spent a huge effort on developing
a National Competence Baseline (NCB) for Scandinavia.
It has proved to be an effective tool for assessments during IPMA® Certification processes and for promotion of self-learning.
Based on the NCB, we have developed a short and clean version, which is broadly applied in organisations for continuous
The ICB is also the core of our successful implementation of the IPMA® Registration of education.
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Dominican Association of
Project Management (ADGP)
ominican Association of Project Management (ADGP)
was established in January 2014 and was accepted
to IPMA as a TMA in March 2014. In November 2014
ADGP was the host of the First Regional Energy Forum, held
in Santo Domingo, with the participation of national and
international expert speakers of the electricity sector. This
occasion was the scene of the IPMA LATNET awards 2014,
recognizing the Dominican Electricity Transmission Company
(ETED) as the Benefactor of the year due to work towards
strengthening the IPMA culture in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic is a country on the island of
Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the
Caribbean region. It borders Haiti to the west, which makes
Hispaniola one of the two Caribbean islands, along with Saint
Martin, that are shared by two countries. With 48 445 km2
and 10 million people, the Dominican Republic is the second
largest Caribbean country.
As Christopher Columbus
landed on the island of
Hispaniola in 1492, it
became the site of the
first permanent European
settlement in the
Americas, namely Santo
Domingo, the country’s
capital and Spain’s first
capital in the New World.
DID YOU KNOW?
With 36 professionals certified in less than one year, ADGP is gaining wide recognition in the Dominican Republic as the leading
institution in development and dissemination of knowledge on best practices of project management in the public sector, private
sector and academia, providing a platform that offers great opportunities, helping its members to have a successful career as
project, programme and portfolio managers, developing products and services that improve performance in their organisations,
society and the country. Through its Young Crew Team (PM-Joven), the association provides networking scenarios that allow young
people to share ideas and challenges and improve their skills as project managers.
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