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I'm want to get a certification. Which one should I take? IPMA or PMP? What is different between them and which one is best?

Bets regards
Amir M. Salehi

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The PMP is global. PMI's PMP is the standard for Project Management and is more widely known and recognized, much like the CPA certification is for accountants. Never hear of IPMA.
I don't mean to be a cynic but it seems to me there is always someone who wants to profit from something already invented! I would go with what the world recognizes already, PMI.
WOW! I'm really surprised that a community of Project Managers have this type of response to IPMA.

First, IPMA is the OLDEST Project Management association in the world, pre-dating PMI by several years.

Second, IPMA is comprised not of individual members, but of Member organizations (over 50) - the national Project Management associations of the world (APM in UK, AIPM in Aus, PMAC of Canada, GPM in Ger, IPM in Ireland, etc.)
Notably, PMI, while the largest PM assoc and based in the US has never joined. The US member association is asapm (American Society for the Advancement of Project Managment) which was formed by many former Board members of PMI.

To your question Amir,
The IPMA certification process (4 levels) is much more rigorous than the PMP, requiring not only an exam, but documented evidence of "successful" project management experience, and a 2 hour interview with 2 independent assessors (certified Project Managers at or above the level you're applying for.)

As to the differences - both require an exam, both require 3 years experience, IPMA requires that experience to have been 'successful' and requires documentation showing it as so, IPMA requires a personal interview and assessment against an established criteria and which requires that you satisfy 100% of all criteria to be certified. In short, IPMA requires that you prove you're a PM to other PM's.
Dear Trevor,

Thanks a lot for information.
You're welcome.
In case you don't have it, here's the Danish Member Association to IPMA. -

Each Member Association certifies PM's under their own organization and with their own criteria (so it may be called something other than IPMA), however that criteria is based on, and in line with, the IPMA's ICB (IPMA Competency Baseline) and certification requirements (exam, evidence, interview, assessment.)

Hope this helps
Hi Tom,
The comparison you're citing refers to the fact that the PMP requires 3 years "leading or directing project tasks," It does not require that you have been (or ever were) the Project Manager.

While I understand your point, I also know the Dir of Cert for asapm and understand the reasons it is written as it is. It's not to mislead, but rather to point out that the PMP does not require you to have been responsible for the entire project while the IPMA certification does.
Hi Tom,
I can see where it's confusing. I'll pass your thoughts along.

Re "Project Manager" - title is irrelevant. It's the responsibilities that matter. A technical lead would be definitely be considered a Project Manager IF he/she was responsible for the project as a whole.

"Leads and directs project teams" does not necessarily mean that one was the Project Manager (or whatever title was used), only that you were responsible for directing a team.
The IPMA requires you to have been responsible for the entire project from start to finish, regardless of title.

Hope that clears it up.
Hi Tom,

Thank you. I have no problem with experience. I have 9 years experience as development manager and project manager in an international company, and now I will try to find a new job. But most of the companies I'm looking into, requires a certification (9 years of experience is not enough for them!! ).

I think, I will go after IPMA certification.

Best regards

To day most of companies requires a PRINCE2 certification. I know a lot about PRINCE2 but do not have any certification. Do you think I must go after a PRINCE2 certification?
Hi Amir,
It really depends on what you're trying to accomplish and the companies you're looking at.

As Prince2 is an actual methodology, if the companies you're looking at use Prince2 to manage their projects then it would definitely be of benefit (and probably mandatory) that you be certified at least at the Foundation level, if not the Practitioner level.

If the companies are NOT using Prince2 then it will be of little use compared to the others, aside from the additional knowledge.
I personally am currently pursuing the Prince2 certification simply for the knowledge and added tools.

Here's another way to look at all of them -

PMP - certifies you IN Project Management
IPMA - certifies you AS A Project Manager
Prince2 - certifies you in the Prince2 METHOD
Thanks a lot.


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