• Detailed knowledge in accordance with ICB4
  • Methods & processes of the latest pm baseline



  • At least 900 person days (1 year = 180 person days) of project management experience during the last 8 years, including
    • at least 540 person days as a project manager with overall responsibility on complex projects. The complexity is assessed using the Complexity Sheet when registering for certification. If you are unsure whether your projects meet the complexity criteria for Level B, use this assessment tool


Certification process

Process pma certification Level B Senior Project Manager zSPM


Participation in a compulsory (online) certification briefing


Certification fee

The fee for certification as a Senior Project Manager for certification on-site

  • pma members EUR 2,304.50 (incl. 10% VAT), except pma young crew members
  • Non-members EUR 2,541.00 (incl. 10% VAT)

Special price on the occasion of pma's 50th anniversary (only valid for online certifications, upon registration until 31.12.2023, even if the certification date does take place in 2024)

  • pma members EUR 1,760.00 (incl. 10% VAT), except pma young crew members
  • Non-members EUR 1,940.40 (incl. 10% VAT)

The fee for online-certification as a Senior Project Manager for registration as of 01.01.2024

  • pma members EUR 1,848.00 (incl. 10% VAT), except pma young crew members
  • Non-members EUR 2,040.50 (incl. 10% VAT)


To prepare for certification as a Senior Project Manager you should study the IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB4), the latest pm baseline & supplementary literature.


In addition, you can also prepare with the help of:

  • Seminars run by pma training partners,
  • PM training programmes at institutes of higher education
  • PM seminars at educational and training institutions
  • Independent study


Validity period

The pma/IPMA® Level B certification is valid for 5 years. It proves the current level of knowledge and experience in a professional field that is constantly evolving. Therefore, continuous personal development is necessary to maintain the certification status. After 5 years, a pma/IPMA® Level B re-certification or, with appropriate experience, a higher certification according to pma/IPMA® is possible.

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