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



  • Project management experience (as a project team member, PM assistant, PM consultant, …) is an advantage but not essential


Certification process

Process pma certification Level D Project Management Associate zPMA


Certification fee

The fee for certification as a Project Management Associate for

  • pma members EUR 484.00 (incl. 10% VAT)
  • Non-members EUR 577.50 (incl. 10% VAT)



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


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

  • Seminars run by pma training partners,
  • PM training programmes at universities of applied sciences, universities and colleges
  • PM seminars at educational and training institutions 
  • Independent study


Validity period

The pma/IPMA® Level D certification is valid for 5 years. It proves the current level of knowledge and/or 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 D re-certification or, with appropriate experience, a higher certification according to pma/IPMA® is possible.