IAPM International Association of Project Managers

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The benefits at a glance

The IAPM’s objective is to simplify the everyday work of project managers. So we have developed a certification system that is adapted to your needs and not vice-versa.


Our certifications are objective, internationally valid and recognized. A company that gets its employees certified has obvious competitive advantages when it sends out quotes to clients. Most clients like to engage enterprises with employees who have verified project management competence. Also, it means that all team members speak the same language since we have achieved the standardisation of terms and methods in the PM Guide 2.0. This prevents misunderstandings and different interpretations of project management-specific terms.

Individuals also benefit from certification because it provides them with objective confirmation of their knowledge level and experience, which is a major advantage in the job market. Their market value increases and they have a better chance of being offered a position in project management.


Project managers have very tight schedules. We developed the online examination process for our certifications to reflect the modern-day manager’s working life. Candidates are required to provide an affidavit confirming that they have completed the examination questions without any outside assistance or materials.

One obvious advantage of this examination procedure is that the person taking the examination can determine the time, date and place of the examination. Feedback from certificate holders and HR development managers confirms that the online procedure is the most convenient. There are no travel expenses, no need to reschedule if you are sick on the day of the examination and no pressure of time to prepare for the exam.


We assume that project managers who have proven their knowledge once will also retain this knowledge. That’s why the IAPM doesn’t insist on expensive and, as far as we are concerned, unnecessary recertifications. You keep your certificate for your entire life and you don’t have to keep your eye on expiry dates or arrange recertification.


We want to give people of all nations the opportunity to get their project management knowledge and experience certified. The IAPM is an international association and, as such, it is committed to catering to the needs of project managers all over the world. That’s why our certification fees depend on the gross domestic product of the country in which the certification candidate is a citizen. You can check the certification fee that applies to you on the IAPM website. This fee structure guarantees that people of all nations can afford project manager certification.

Neutral, objective certification

The IAPM certification process involves an online examination. The answers that a candidate enters are evaluated anonymously in a database. There is no fixed “failure rate“ at the IAPM. Personal sensitivities and emotional empathy or antipathy are not involved because there is no oral assessment. As a result, the certification candidate cannot be disadvantaged on grounds of religion or appearance. Our certification candidates all have equal opportunities because their answers are assessed completely objectively on the basis of knowledge and experience alone.

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