Association for Project Management South Africa - IPMA PM 4-L-C (Project Management 4 Level Certification)
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IPMA PM 4-L-C (Project Management 4 Level Certification)

The interest in IPMA certification is growing as the focus is shifting from rule and knowledge-based project managers to competent project managers who can do the job. For this reason a growing number of employers are encouraging their project managers to earn the IPMA certificate.

Working with IPMA increases the likelihood that project objectives are achieved on time, within budget, meeting the quality and environmental expectation to the satisfaction of the interested parties.. Project managers consider this internationally recognised certificate as the best way to demonstrate mastery of their profession.

The IPMA PM 4-L-C certification system enables project managers working in a broad range of commercial sectors and at various organisational levels. The International Project Management Association (IPMA) is an umbrella organisation for project management.

The IPMA four-level certification program 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.

 

IPMA Competence Levels



IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB)


The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) is IPMA's reference publication on project management competence.

1991: The first edition called "Body of Knowledge" was published by the association APM UK
1999: IPMA published the first internationally harmonized ICB Version 2.0
2006: IPMA released a revised ICB Version 3.0 it consists of 46 competence elements:

  • 20 technical competence elements: dealing with the project management matter on which the professionals are working. The classic project management competencies.
  • 15 behavioural competence elements: dealing with the personal relationships between the individuals and groups managed in the projects, programs and portfolios.
  • 11 contextual competence elements: dealing with the interaction of the project management with the context of the project and within the permanent organizations.

Technical competence

Behavioural competences

Contextual competences

1.01

1.02
1.03

1.04
1.05
1.06
1.07
1.08
1.09
1.10
1.11
1.12
1.13
1.14
1.15
1.16
1.17

1.18
1.19
1.20

Project management success
Interested parties
Project requirements & objectives
Risk & opportunity
Quality
Project organization
Teamwork
Problem solution
Project structures
Scope & deliverables
Time & project phases
Resources
Cost & finance
Procurement & contract
Changes
Control & reports
Information & documentation
Communication
Start-up
Close-out

2.01
2.02

2.03
2.04
2.05
2.06
2.07
2.08
2.09
2.10
2.11
2.12
2.13
2.14
2.15

Leadership
Engagement & motivation
Self-control
Assertiveness
Relaxation
Openness
Creativity
Results orientation
Efficiency
Consultation
Negotiation
Conflict & crisis
Reliability
Values appreciation
Ethics

3.01
3.02
3.03
3.04


3.05
3.06
3.07

3.08
3.09

3.10
3.11

Project orientation
Programme orientation
Portfolio orientation
Project, programme & portfolio implementation (PPP Implementation)
Permanent organisation
Business
Systems, products & technology
Personnel management
Health, security, safety & environment
Finance
Legal

Because the Context of the project environment differs from project to project and country to country, taking into account different cultures and background, IPMA believes that one size doesn't fit all! To accommodate the specific cultural and contextual environment, each country has a National Competency Baseline (NCB) by which their national association adheres to.

When a candidate is certified in South Africa, it is done against the NCB. The NCB enhances the ICB as it contains additional information suitable for the South African context and environment. The NCB is customised to the South African understanding of Project Management.
There are different requirements for the certification levels. The table below indicates the different procedure steps to be followed for certification depending on the level of IPMA certification you want to obtain.

No

Procedure step

Lvl D

Lvl C

Lvl B

Lvl A

1.0

Application Orientation meeting 
(Confirm schedule, Issue Guideline; Candidates & NCB.)

X

X

X

X

1.1

Application form and CV.

X

X

X

X

1.2

Lists of PPP and References, Int'l Activities.

X

X

X

X

1.3

Short Self-assessment.

X

X

X

X

1.4

Project Short Report.

X

X

X

X

1.5

APMSA-Sert checks application.

X

X

X

X

2.0

Provisional Admission

3.0

PM-Learning, Skills Assessment and Self-evaluation.

3.1

Attendance refinement courses.

X1

X1

X1

X1

3.2

Extensive Self-assessment

X

X

X

X

3.3

Written Examination – Part 1 – Basic knowledge

X

X

X

X

3.4

Written Examination – Part 2 – Level related knowledge

 

X

X

X

3.5

Transfer Evidence Report

 

X

X

X

3.6

Assessors Report - Examinations and Experience. Review the desired certification Level.

X

X

X

X

4.0

Admission to the Project Report and Literature Synopsis

5.0

Experience, PM-Application Assessment

5.1

Topics for the Project Report, Literature Synopsis & Conference.

 

X

X

X

5.2

Measurement of Team roles and Motivational indices (Optional).

   

(x)

(x)

5.3

Project Report.

 

X

X

X

5.4

Literature Synopsis & Presentation.

   

X

X

5.5

Workshop & assessment feedback.(Discretionary)

 

(X)2

(X)2

(X)2

6.0

Admission to the Interview and optional Attitude Assessment

6.1

Attitude Assessment (Optional)

 

(x)

(x)

(x)

6.2

Interview - Assessment

(X)2

X

X

X

7.0

Assessor's Report – Final

7.1

Summative Assessment & recommendations

X

X

X

X

7.2

Issue of Certificates.

X

X

X

X


(X) - Included in the standard programme.
(x) - Excluded from the standard offer.
(1) - Candidate's discretion. No additional costs or reduction.
(2) - Assessor's discretion.

 
 
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