IPMA Competence Baseline
The project management certification methodology for project managers by the International Project Management Association (IPMA). Explanation of the IPMA Competence Baseline of Caupin, Knoepfel, Morris and Pannenbäcker. ('99)
Contributed by: Jean-Michel DE JAEGER
What is the IPMA Competence Baseline? Description
Today, project management is used globally by both large corporations,
governments, and smaller organizations as a means of meeting their customers’
or constituents’ needs by both standardizing and reducing the basic tasks
necessary to complete a project in the most effective and efficient manner.
To assess the overall competence, a descriptive document is used:
the IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB). The last version of the ICB, version 3,
was launched in 2006.
Ranking for each element goes from Low, Medium to High.
Taxonomy, Standards and Guidelines, and References complete the ICB assessment
Origin of the IPMA Competence Baseline. History
IPMA was launched in 1965 in Switzerland under the name of INTERNET (until
1994) by an European group of Project Managers. The first congress was in
1967 in Vienna, Austria with members from 30 countries. The main contributors
to the European ICB model were Gilles Caupin from France, Dr Hans Knoepfel
from Switzerland, Prof Dr Peter WG Morris from United Kingdom, and Dr Olaf
Pannenbäcker from Germany.
Calculation of the IPMA Competence Baseline. Formula
The capabilities for each level are defined and calculated as:
Competence = Applied Knowledge + Relevant Experience (Skill)+ Professional Behavior (Attitude).
Usage of the IPMA Competence Baseline. Applications
The IPMA certification model can be used across the whole range of Project Managers. It assesses the level of knowledge, experience (skill), personal attitudes and behavior (attitude) of project managers to manage project complexity. The range goes from coordinating a single project to managing the corporate projects portfolio through managing multi-project and programs.
Steps in the IPMA Competence Baseline. Process
The levels of IPMA certification are based on the ICB competence Baseline
and adapted for each national association in the IPMA-NCB (National Competence
Baseline) to adjust the model to the particular culture and practices in a
The period of validity of the certification is 5 years. The requisite for each level are:
Strengths of the IPMA Competence Baseline. Benefits
Limitations of the IPMA Competence Baseline. Disadvantages
IPMA is a project management competence and capability model for project Managers' certification level. It is built on PMI Methodology and deontology code. As PMI methodology focuses on the Processes and the PRINCE2 Methodology focuses on the Products to deliver, the IPMA-ICB model focuses on the Capabilities of the project manager.
Assumptions of the IPMA Competence Baseline. Conditions
It is useful to certify the capability level of project managers to have a recognition of their skillfulness independently of the firm where they currently are employed.
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