Training Course

For IPMA 4-L-C Certification 

Learn to be agile, flexibile and resilient.

Learn to be be future-ready, secure adoption, foster innovation for future digital transformational advances

Learn & be  prepared to demonstrate your Project Management competence at the IPMA certification.

4-day IPMA Training Course

After completing this course, you will be able to:


  • Explain the drivers of every project or programme.
  • Explain The formal and explicit goals and needs of the organisation and/or society, and informal and implicit motives and interests that bring projects and programmes to life.
  • Describe the personal and social competences an individual working in the project, programme or portfolio needs to possess to be able to realise success.
  • Consider contextual influences and demands that come together when the organisation initiates a new project, programme or portfolio.
  • Take into account influences and demands when working in project, programme or portfolio management
  • Learn about the model and competency assessment system of IPMA Competence Baseline for project managers. ICB Version 4.0 of the International Project Management Association IPMA

Perspective (Contextual) competences of a project manager

address the methods, tools and techniques through which individuals interact with the environment, as well as the rationale that leads people, organisations and societies to start and support projects, programmes and portfolios.

This group of competences include:

  • С1: Strategy of an organization
  • С2: Organisational and external Governance, structures and processes
  • С3: Compliance, standards and regulations
  • С4: Informal Power and interest of people within an organization
  • С5: Culture and values of an organisation (or society)

People (Behavioral) competences of the project manager

consist of the personal and interpersonal competences required to successfully participate in or lead a project, programme or portfolio.

This group of competences include:

  • B1: Self-reflection and self-management
  •  B2: Personal integrity and reliability
  • B3: Personal communication
  • B4: Relations and engagement
  • B5: Leadership
  • B6: Teamwork
  • B7: Conflict and crisis
  • B8: Resourcefulness
  • B9: Negotiation
  • B10: Results orientation

Practice (Technical) competences of the project manager

are the specific methods, tools and techniques used in projects, programmes or portfolios to realise their success

This group of competences include:

  • A1: Project design
  • A2: Requirements and objectives
  • A3: Scope
  • A4: Time
  • A5: Organisation and Information
  • A6: Quality
  • A7: Finance
  • A8: Resources
  • A9: Procurement
  • A10: Plan and control
  • A11: Risk and opportunity
  • A12: Stakeholder
  • A13: Change and transformation
  • A14: Select and balance

Enhance your Project Management competence

The IPMA certification is a robust individual certification in the field of project management, programme and portfolio management. It is a challenging process in which you first have to study the complete project management theory, and furthermore submit yourself to a critical self-reflection, which is completed with the judgement of two independent assessors. This is an in-depth experience which delivers a significant self-insight, and provides developmental initiatives.

Learn by Doing

Our course is delivered for face-to-face and self-paced to help improve the knowledge, skills and ability of individuals who are responsible for implementing projects, programmes and portfolios.

This is a hands-on, problem solving course that offers learners many opportunities to learn and practice project management competences while working in teams. Lectures are used in each session to introduce Key Competence Indicators, the objective of the session and to present essential project management concepts. Activities provide learners an opportunity to develop their project management by self assessing their current level of competence and applying the content from the lecture to a lifelike problem. Activities also help prepare learners to work on the comprehensive case study. The comprehensive case study is based on an actual project. It is designed to let participants apply what they have learned in the module with minimal assistance from the instructor. For the instructor, the case is an opportunity to observe learner performance and to assess how much the participants have learned.

Discussion and Application. Ample class time will be devoted to discussing the lecture material, activities, self-assessments, and comprehensive case study. Learners are encouraged to apply what they learn to their own projects. Time for this is allocated within each session or added at the end of a session, module, or course. Working in teams on a real project is the method of both learning and application.


IPMA 4 Level Certification

Our IPMA ICB4 preparation for certification training courses are based on the Individual Competence Baseline (ICB4) developed by the International Project Management Association 

ICB4 describes 29 competence elements that a project manager has to master, and against which he can measure his competence.

There are four levels:

D: for project team members
C: for project managers with at least 3 years experience
B: for experienced project/programme managers with at least 5 years experience
A: for experienced programme or portfolio managers with at least 5 years experience.

For the D, C and B levels, the candidates must take a theory exam, and for levels C, B and A there is also a practical test, in which the candidates have an assessment interview related to a specific project or programme.

Dependent on your experience, with our course we bring you to the desired level for the IPMA certification.

Programme Design

Our course based, on the ICB4, is organized in 29 topical modules divided into 150 sessions

The sequence of modules do not necessarily reflect the order of activities that a project, programme and portfolio manager undertakes when approaching the implementation of a new project, programme or portfolio.
Competence elements or Key Competence Indicators (KCIs) are implemented depending on the situation and challenges at hand. Tools and techniques are integrated as much as possible when leading discussions on the exercises and case studies.

Lessons schedule 

Change and transformation (Practice 13) 

Introduction 5 mins
Session 1 (Lessons on Key Competence Elements)
A13. 1: Assess the adaptability of the organization(s). 25 mins
A13. 2: Identify change requirements and options. 13 mins
A13. 3: Develop a change strategy. 19 mins
A13. 4: Implement the change. 15 mins
Self assessment (survey) – Reflect on your current involvement in a project 10 mins
Session 2 (Lectures on Concept)


25 mins
Dealing with the opposition 22 mins
Business Model Canvas
Session 3 (Assignment in class)
Case study based on your project of choice (in groups): Unfreez-Change-Freeze; Diffusion of innovations; Business Model Canvas 30 mins
Case study presentations and discussion (10 mins each)
Feedback survey (3 months after the course) 30 mins

Class Handouts

Student copy of lecture visuals (Lectures 1-4)

Case Study assignment 

Required reading (John)

Your entire project team will be able to manage their project by the end of this seminar

We have developed the IPMA training courses in such a way that they can easily be adjusted to your needs. Although in principle the theory training courses are preparation for taking and passing the exams, it is very well possible that you will want to go a level deeper, by applying the theory to the practical situation. Together with you, we can draw up a list of which elements will provide added value for your organisation, and we then go into these more deeply and apply extra practical training and guidance. The IPMA certification then becomes the backbone of a far more extensive professionalisation project.

Certification FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions on the world leading, professionally demanding and role-based IPMA Four-Level Certification (4-L-C) System 


The more advanced a certification program is, the more questions it raises. The purpose of this page is to answer the most frequently asked questions about PMDAN’s implementation of IPMA’s program and project manager certification offerings.


WHAT Certification Level is Right for You?

IPMA Level A: An experienced senior manager in a project-oriented enterprise, a program manager, or a manager of project managers

IPMA Level B: An experienced senior project, program, or portfolio manager

IPMA Level C: An experienced project manager

IPMA Level D: A project team member, a project specialist, someone new to projects or   project management, a recent graduate,  a newcomer to the discipline, or a practitioner in a PM-related discipline such as Architect, Engineer, Business Analyst, or Software Developer

Recertification: A holder of an existing IPMA certification that is expiring (IPMA certifications are valid for five years)

WHO is interested in Certification?

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WHY Should You Certify?

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WHEN and WHERE Can You Certify?

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HOW Do We Certify?

Every assessment decision requires agreement from two independent assessors who are both skilled project, program, or portfolio managers as well as trained assessors. The assessors operate under a detailed set of regulations and guidelines that covers everything from how to score a candidate’s evidence to how to prepare for a video assessment..

HOW Does IPMA's Certification Programs Differ

The IPMA certification program extends beyond testing of short-term knowledge to use professional assessors to evaluate the competence of the individual. The competences we evaluate go beyond technical areas like cost, time, and risk to include soft skills such as leadership, self-management, and integirty. We also evaluate each candidate’s understanding of the context of their work such as strategic fit, governance, and culture.

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