About project leader certification
Both internationally and in Sweden, interest in certification of project managers has increased.
This has led to a number of different certifications for project managers in the market.
Certification according to IPMA
In 2002, a new certification was introduced in Sweden, developed by IPMA, the International Project Management Association. IPMA is an international organization with about fifty national member organizations, such as the Swedish Project Forum, and has a total of over 50,000 members. IPMA works actively to promote and develop projects as a working method. Every year, approximately 16,000 project managers are certified worldwide, according to IPMA’s certification system.
IPMA’s competence requirements in the certification are also based on a standard, Competence in Project Management (KiP), which is a Scandinavian adaptation to the international counterpart IPMA Competence Baseline. KiP: is a reference framework for evaluating competence in project management. It is therefore not a textbook, but sets requirements for competence for project managers. Knowledge can thus be obtained from optional sources, only the competence requirements are met.
IPMA focuses more on experiences, behavioral skills and reflection. It requires you to fill in more forms and spend more time on self-evaluation, reflection etc.
An IPMA certification can be done at 4 levels, where the D level is the lowest level. A higher level certification (C, B or A) requires documented experience as a project manager and includes, in addition to knowledge tests, interviews, audits, submitted information and reports. The assessment of a person’s competence in project management is done in the areas of method, behavior and experience.
For IPMA C (certified project manager) 3 years of PL experience is required and for IPMA B (certified senior project manager) 5 years of PL experience, of which 3 years from complex projects. IPMA makes no demands on the project manager training compared to PMI (see above).
Certification IPMA – B / C costs between SEK 22,000 – 26,000 excluding VAT.
Wenell’s open project management training connects to the requirements of the KiP. Fr. by 2010, IPMA has, after review, authorized our basic education Practical project management as an IPMA Certified Program.
If you are aiming for a certification according to IPMA level D, we recommend participation in this course which together with a few hours of self-study gives you very good opportunities to pass the certification.
If you want more support for the certification, we can also recommend that you participate in our intensive course for IPMA certification that is one day.
Certification according to PMI®
Project Management Institute®, PMI®, which has its headquarters in the US, has been certified project manager for almost 20 years. Currently, about 500,000 people have been certified according to this standard and can call themselves Project Management Professional (PMP) ®. In Sweden there are about 1100 certified project managers. The certificate is an internationally recognized proof of good competence in project management. In order to get the title PMP® you must meet the requirements for experience and education and be approved for the examination.
3 years of PL experience (if you have a university degree) and 5 years of PL experience (if you have a high school degree at the most) are required. A certification requires that you have undergone a project manager training of at least 35 hours.
A certification costs about 555 USD.
Wenell has been approved by PMI® as a training provider (R.E.P. Registered Education Provider), which means that all our courses connect to the guidelines contained in the PMI® standard PMBOK® Guide. For those of you who have decided on a certification, we strongly recommend our preparatory training, which allows you to minimize the time that you need to spend on self-study to pass the certification. It is also important to note that the certification itself is done in English, which requires good language skills.