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Certification Candidate Training –

IPMA Level D

Let’s get you ready for the robust IPMA individual competence certification in the field of project management at Level D.

Certification Process

For All Domains

For All Levels:

IPMA Level A
IPMA Level B
IPMA Level C
IPMA Level D

Certification process

 

No. Topic Level D
1 Individual competence Baseline All
2 Application All
5 Self-assessment All
4 Exam B, C

1. Structure of the ICB

Twenty-nine Competence

  • Perspective
  • Peolple
  • Practice

Three Domains

  • Project Management
  • Programme Management
  • Portfolio Management

2. Application (Level D)

Application form includes the following sections:

  1. General information
  2. Assurances and releases
  3. Personal information
  4. Exam and interview dates
  5. Required supporting information
  6. Pre-submittal checklist and payment.

Download your Application form here.

Start your application by checking the box for Level D. If you think you might be eligible for a higher level, contact PMDAN Certification Body at certification@pmdan.org for advice before submitting your application.

The General Information section has links to all the documents you will need. Your assessment must be completed within 18 months.

All assurances must be marked “yes” or your application will be rejected. Releases are your choice.

Personal Information should all be self-explanatory. Starred fields are required. Provide professional references, not personal references. References must be familiar with your work. References are normally contacted via email.

Section 4 is for individual applicants only. Individuals applicants must provide 3 options.

Check the boxes as indicated; sign and date your application. Make your payment online.

3. Self-assessment (Level D)

What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses?

Structure— competence elements by group
Purpose— get you familiar with the ICB
Why you should care — self-assessment may alert you to weaknesses before:
  • You sit for your exam

Download your Self-assessment form here.

First page has General Information and InstructionsContact PMDAN Certification Body at certification@pmdan.org if you have questions or problems.

Scoring instructions are repeated in lavender block: S = strengths; W = weaknesses. Identify 6-8 strengths and 6-8 weaknesses.

As you enter your scores, the Overall sections will display your current totals. There is one Overall section at the top of the worksheet and another at the bottom.

4. Exam (Level D)

Sample Questions and Scoring

The exam has Two Parts:

60 multiple-choice questions in 50 minutes:
  • Could address any competence element
  • 4 options and one right answer
10 short-essay questions in 120 minutes:
  • Could address any competence element
All 29 competence elements addressed by at least one question

 

Multiple-Choice Question Design 
  • One, and only one, right answer
  • Key words (not, least, except) underlined
  • Correct answers balanced (usually 12-18 of each)
  • All questions conform to best practices:
    • No excess text
    • No trick questions
    • No obscure references
Sample Multiple-Choice Question

Cost and schedule risk can be directly mitigated through the use of:

a. simulations.
b. decision trees.
c. reserves.
d. status reports
Explanation for Answer
  • Directly is the key word in the question stem, and that is why it is underlined.
  • Options a, b, andmay all be used in risk analysis, but c would directly mitigate any identified risk.
Sample Short-Essay Question

Draw and label a probability-impact matrix. Describe how it is used.

Scoring Guidance Max Pts.
Drawing: probability on one axis 2
Drawing: impact (or effect) on the other axis 2
Drawing: at least 3 columns and at least 3 rows 1
Description: estimate/evaluate probability and impact 4
Description: place risks in correct cell 4
Description: use to prioritize risks 7
Total 20

 

Short-Essay Discussion

  • Scoring Guidance ensures consistency
  • Assessors can award 0 to maximum points
  • Maximum of 20 points for each question
  • Grammar and punctuation are not scored

Passing Scores 70%

  • Multiple-choice section is worth 50 points
  • Short-essay section is worth 200 points
  • Total score of 175 required to pass

Key Advise!

Do not Panic! 

  • Do not dwell on questions you find challenging. Move on to less challenging questions and come back later. That way you accumulate more time for questions you may find challenging

Download your Sample Exam here

Identify Your Strengths And Weaknesses

Identify your strengths and weaknesses as you prepare for the IPMA certification

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