• Knowledge according to ICB4
  • Methods & processes of the latest pm baseline



  • At least 540 person days (1 year = 180 person days) of project management experience during the last 6 years including
    • at least 360 person days as a project manager with overall responsibility on moderately complex projects. This includes
      • Person days as a project manager
      • Person days as a project team member with leadership of a sub-team


Certification process

Process pma certification Level C Project Manager zPM


Participation in a compulsory (online) certification briefing


Certification fee

The fee for certification as a Project Manager for

  • pma members EUR 1,133.00 (incl. 10% VAT)
  • Non-members EUR 1,353.00 (incl. 10% VAT)



To prepare for certification as a 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 institutions of higher education
  • PM seminars at educational and training institutions
  • Independent study


Validity period

The pma/IPMA® Level C 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 C re-certification or, with appropriate experience, a higher certification according to pma/IPMA® is possible.

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