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IPMA Level D Certification
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

Level A: Certified Projects Director able to manage complex project portfolios and programmes.
Level B: Certified Senior Project Manager able to manage complex projects. Minimum five years of experience.
Level C: Certified Project Manager able to manage projects with limited complexity. Minimum three years of experience.
Level D: Certified Project Management Associate able to apply project management knowledge when working in a project.
IPMA Eye of Competence
The IPMA eye of competence symbolises the human being, which is the most important part of our candidate assessment. It also symbolises the combination of the three competence ranges considered in the assessment: behavioural, contextual and technical. Each IPMA certification candidate is individually assessed by independent assessors. Interpersonal skills and personal qualities are considered alongside with the own project management experience and knowledge qualifications. The people-based assessment and combination of competence areas makes the IPMA certification unique. It gives a broader picture of each candidate's competence and enables companies to match the right project manager with the right project, based on their strengths.
Behavioural competences Contextual competences Technical competences
This range covers the project management behaviour and skills. The ICB contains 15 behavioural competence elements. This range covers the project management competence in managing relations with the permanent organisations and the ability to function in a project focused organisation. The ICB contains 11 contextual competence elements. This range covers the project management technical content, sometimes referred to as the solid elements. The ICB contains 20 technical competence elements.
  • Leadership
  • Engagement & motivation
  • Self-control
  • Assertiveness
  • Relaxation
  • Openness
  • Creativity
  • Results orientation
  • Efficiency
  • Consultation
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict & crisis
  • Reliability
  • Values appreciation
  • Ethics
  • Project orientation
  • Programme orientation
  • Portfolio orientation
  • Project, programme & portfolio implementation
  • Permanent organisation
  • Business
  • Systems, products & technology
  • Personnel management
  • Health, security, safety & environment
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Project management success
  • Interested parties
  • Project requirements & objectives
  • Risk & opportunity
  • Quality
  • Project organisation
  • Teamwork
  • Problem resolution
  • Project structures
  • Scope & deliverables
  • Time & project phases
  • Resources
  • Cost & finance
  • Procurement & contract
  • Changes
  • Control & reports
  • Information & documentation
  • Communication
  • Start-up
  • Close-out
A Global Certification
A Global Certification (57 Membership Associations)
•Australia •Austria •Azerbaijan •Brazil •Bulgaria •Canada •China •Croatia •Cyprus •Czech Republic •Denmark •Egypt •Finland •France • Germany • Greece • Hungary • Iceland • India • Iran • Ireland • Italy • Kazakhstan • Kosovo • Kuwait • Latvia • Lithuania • Morocco • Nepal • Netherlands • Norway • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Russia • Serbia • Slovakia • Slovenia • South Africa • Spain • Sweden • Switzerland • Taiwan (China) • Turkey • Ukraine • United Kingdom • United States of America • Zambia
Four Levels of Certification
At the core of IPMA 4 Level Certification
IPMA 4LC - A Global Certification
The IPMA certification is well recognised worldwide. Over the last 10 years IPMA has certified about 100,000 project managers in 57 countries across the globe. Global corporations benefit from IPMA’s international presence and recognition. It enables them to use the same certification for the entire company in all countries. The assessment is based on three competence ranges; Behavioral, Technical and Contextual. The assessment consists of a combination of self-evaluation, interviews and written examinations. The consideration of personal qualities makes the IPMA certification unique. It enables companies and employers to match the right project manager with the right project, based on their strengths. IPMA clients come from a variety of business sectors:
  • IT and Telecommunication
  • Industry (building, pharma, automobile, oil and gas)
  • Public administration
  • Bank and Insurance
  • Consultancy and training
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Aviation
The uniqueness of the IPMA certification
  • Assessment made by people (assessors)
  • Consideration of behavioural and contextual competences
  • Personal,professional career development
  • Four levels of certification
  • No language barriers; English or native tongue
  • Independent from specific training courses
  • IPMA Certification is recognised worldwide, administered in India by PMA India.
  • Over last 10 years IPMA has certified about 100,000 project managers in 48 countries across the globe as per international standards.
IPMA's 4 Level Certification (4LC)
Working in a competitive environment under tight schedules and even tighter budgets will require project managers to empower themselves with latest tools and techniques. Unlike in the past where the project head was a person that rose from the ranks under the guidance of his seniors, project managers of the future will have to be versatile and innovative having a grasp of both technical and commercial aspects. Experience would of course count but a different set of skills will have to be imparted and continuously upgraded. It is a new opportunity for Indian professionals to take full advantage of IPMA’s 4LC.
Get the power of IPMA 4 Level Certification to work for your Company!
Guidance for IPMA Level D exam

1. Examination related

Paper 1 : (Duration - 2 hours) - This paper has 2 sections - Section 1 and Section 2
Section 1: (Max. 140 Marks) - This section contains 140 multiple choice objective type questions covering all the competence elements. Each question will have 4 choices. You have to choose only 1 answer. Each right answer will give you 1 mark.
Section 2: (Max. 35 Marks) - This section will have 10 detailed objective type questions requiring multiple selection in the answer. On an average, every question will have 8 to 10 options and you may have to select on average 3 or 4 best answers. Each right selection will enable you to get 1 mark.
The maximum marks in paper 1 is 175 marks. The pass mark is 60% i.e. 105 marks out of 175. There is no negative marking. In Paper 1, 70% questions will be from the Technical competences, 15% questions will be from Behavioural competences and 15% will be from Contextual competences.
Paper 2 : (Duration - 2 hours)- This paper (Max. 125 Marks) will contain 8 questions out of which any 5 are to be answered. The questions will be numerical type based on Calculations / Graphs etc. Note: This paper will not require detailed English essay type answers.

Each question carries 25 marks and it may or may not have sub-parts.
The pass mark is 60% i.e. 75 marks out of 125 marks to pass Paper 2. There is no negative marking.

2 General

2.1 Alternate exam date : A candidate will be allowed to appear in the subsequent exam only if they inform about their inability to take the exam before the last date of registration.
2.2 Time : It will generally take 3 to 4 weeks from the date of the examination to release the results.
2.3 Re-takes : In case, a candidate fails either in Paper 1 or Paper 2, they need to appear for re-examination only in the papers not cleared.
2.4 Results : Candidates must clear both papers independently for getting Level D certification.

Eligibility criteria
Candidates applying for IPMA Level D certification must satisfy the educational and experience requirements and
agree to abide by the code of professional conduct by endorsing his/her signature.
Must hold a Baccalaureate degree from a nationally recognized University or be a Diploma holder in Engineering.
Degree holders should have 500 days of working experience and Diploma holders 1000 days of working
experience in the last 5 calendar years in the generic field of project management.
A new beginning with significant implications for India
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers (FAQ)
Q: What is IPMA Level D?
A: IPMA has developed the 4 level Project Management Certification on the basis of the IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB), which is the basis for certification across all the IPMA national association members.

Q: How to register for the IPMA Level D Certification test?
A: Visit the PMA, India website http://www.pma-india.org and download the two forms i.e Application Form and Experience Verification Information (EVI). Send the completed forms along with your resume; one color photograph and the requisite fees to PMA office at Noida for registration.

Q : How to prepare for the IPMA Level D certification?
A: On your registration, PMA will give you a set of the syllabus, sample questions, the National Competence Baseline (NCB) CD on which the Level D exam is based and some more reference material free of cost for you to start your preparation. Then you can prepare in four ways.

Mode-1: Only self study as per syllabus from the material supplied plus various reference books mentioned.

Mode-2: Self study plus you can register for an e-Learning course through our Accredited Training Organisation (ATO). For more information, email to: info@cepm.com

Mode-3: Self study plus you can register for three / five days classroom training programmes organized by our ATO, CEPM (P) Ltd at New Delhi. Classroom training can also be organized at other locations subject to a minimum number of 20 participants. In-company training programmes can also be conducted by the ATO.

Mode-4: Self study plus register for e-Learning as well as the three-day classroom training.

Q: Is IPMA Level D recognized in India & other countries?
A: IPMA Level D certificate is promoted by IPMA and is adopted by the national project management association of 50 countries, that are members of IPMA from Europe, Asia, Africa, USA & South America. It is well recognized globally. In India also, many corporations from public and private sectors have recognized it and are advocating it for their employees.
Over 150 companies, whose officers have qualified as IPMA Level D Some of them are:
  • Areva T&D
  • Coal India
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
  • IDEACellular
  • Indian Oil Corporation
  • Jindal Steel & Power
  • L&T
  • L&TInfotech
  • MoSPI
  • NHPC
  • NTPC
  • ONGC
  • Praj Industries
  • Reliance Engg.
  • Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam
  • SAIL
  • Siemens
  • Tata Projects
  • Tata Power
  • Thermax
Steps for IPMA Level D Certification
  1. Complete the IPMA Level D Application Form and Experience Verification Information (EVI) Form.
  2. Enclose resume, one coloured passport size photograph & requisite fee with the application form.
  3. Clearly specify the exam center of your choice.
  4. Prepare thoroughly as per the syllabus for the exam through self study/class room training/e-learning.
  5. Come to the examination center with a photo identity card 30 minutes prior to the start of the examination.
  6. Exam Centres: Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Baroda (Please verify with PM Cert Headquarters for exam centers before applying).
  7. No application will be accepted after the last date of registration for the Examination. Examination is conducted on 2nd Sunday of February, May, August and November every year.
(Note: IPMA Level D certification examination can also be conducted exclusively on any other date, for the officers of a company at their premises, if they have a batch of minimum 20 candidates.
Download Eligibility Questionnaire 
Download Code of Professional Conduct
IPMA Level D Examination Fee
  • For an Individual/Corporate Life members of PMA
Rs. 20,000/-
  • For an Individual/Corporate Annual members of PMA
Rs. 25,000/-
  • For non-members of PMA
Rs. 30,000/-
  • Re-Examination Fees - Both Paper 1 & Paper 2
Rs. 9,000/-
           - For either Paper 1 or Paper 2 Rs. 6,000/-
The fee is payable to 'Institute of Project Management Certification', at New Delhi
Providing competitive edge to organisations
For more details contact to:
Arvind Agarwal, B.E. (Hons.), MBA, IPMA-C,
Managing Director, Institute of Project Management Certification 
A-48, Sector 5, Noida 201301, Tel: (+91-120) 242 1757, 242 3550,
Fax: (+91-120) 242 1484, Mobile: +91 9871088183
Email: info@ipmc-india.org Web: www.ipmc-india.org

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