IPMA Level B

IPMA Level B: Certified Senior Project Manager, Certified Senior Programme Manager and Certified Senior Portfolio Manager are internationally recognised qualifications offered by APM.

These qualifications are designed for experienced project professional who can demonstrate an ability to manage complex projects, programmes or portfolios.

Who are they for?

Individuals with a minimum of five years’ experience as a project, programme or portfolio manager of which at least three years were in a responsible leadership function in managing complex projects.

The experience must have been obtained within the last eight years, however, the evidence timescale may be extended by four years with justification.

What is the process?

The qualification is completed in two stages.

Step 1
Firstly, you will need to submit a CV for initial certification which includes personal details, career history, qualifications, training, professional memberships and any other relevant professional development.

Step 2
In addition, you must submit an Executive Summary Report of at least 15 pages, a full self-assessment and two referees who are familiar with your work.

Step 1
You will need to submit a 25-page report which focuses on the projects, programmes and portfolios which have been referred to in your Executive Summary Report. This report focuses on the application of your leadership of others, using the competence elements being assessed in the report.

Step 2
Once submitted you will take a 90-minute oral exam which will ask open questions and be focused on testing your ability to apply knowledge.

Step 3
Finally, you will partake in a 120-minute extended interview which relates six competences. This is also an opportunity to evidence the competence elements which may have not been sufficiently covered previously.

Step 4
A final evaluation will be undertaken by the assessor to determine if you have demonstrated sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities in a project, programme or portfolio management context and the relevant level of competence. You will receive a feedback report which will indicate whether the required standard has been met or whether you are deemed not yet competent. If you are deemed as not yet competent, the feedback will highlight areas of development that can be addressed prior to a potential re-entry.

What is assessed?

For project management you will be assessed on 28 competences via an oral exam, a report and an interview. To pass, you must evidence a minimum of 23 out of 28 competence elements.

For programme and portfolio management you will be assessed on 29 competences via an oral exam, a report and an interview. To pass, you must evidence a minimum of 24 out of 29 competence elements.

Assessment specifications 

Syllabus

IPMA Level B: Certified Senior Programme Manager  

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IPMA Level B: Certified Senior Portfolio Manager 

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IPMA Level B: Certified Senior Project Manager

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How can I study for these qualifications?

  • You can apply and study for this qualification through one of APM’s Accredited Training Providers.
  • You can also self-study for this qualification and apply directly to APM by completing an application form.
  • The application process begins with reviewing the evidence and candidate guidance notes and the other supporting information on our website. The application forms can then be completed and submitted to APM via email

 

FAQs

What is the Interview format for the qualification?

The interview will be conducted in person (alternatively via Skype if the candidate is unable to attend in person).

  • The interview will be conducted by two assessors.
  • The interview will be based on the projects submitted in the report.
  • Each competence element passed will receive one mark.
  • All candidates will be asked “Is there anything else that you wish to add to support your application”.

What is the pass mark for the qualification?

IPMA Level B: Certified Senior Project Manager
Assessment Type Competence elements assessed Pass mark
/score
Report 16 13
Oral exam (12 questions) 6 60%
Interview (Assessors will also use the interview to ask candidates about elements of the report that need further clarification) 6  
Overall pass mark
Candidates must provide satisfactory evidence against at least 23 competence elements by the end of the interview out of 28

 

IPMA Level B: Certified Senior Programme/Portfolio Manager
Assessment Type Competence elements assessed Pass mark
/score
Report 17 14
Oral exam (12 questions) 6 60%
Interview (Assessors will also use the interview to ask candidates about elements of the report that need further clarification) 6  
Overall pass mark
Candidates must provide satisfactory evidence against at least 24 competence elements by the end of the interview out of 29

Where can I find information about which competence elements are assessed against?

This information can be found in the assessment specifications document.

How will results be released?

Results are released to candidates via email, at each stage of the qualification with feedback provided if applicable.

Re-taking the oral examination

In the event of a failed written examination, we recommend you allow a suitable interval for revision before re-sitting the examination.
Candidates are allowed to retake only once, before having to start the qualification from the beginning.

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