IAPM International Association of Project Managers


Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)

The benefits of "Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification for you
  • No professional experience necessary
  • Reputated online examination system
  • Flexible examination date
  • Internationally recognized certificate
  • Competitive advantage in job application processes
  • No recertification necessary

About the certification

Internationally recognized, online "Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification is the perfect first certification for project management novices, students or people who are interested in a future career in project management. It qualifies you to work in projects and is a persuasive argument in a job application.
The certification fee also entitles you to take a preparatory test so that you can check your project management knowledge level and get valuable feedback on any gaps. The certification examination covers basic project management subjects. Candidates who pass the examination receive a certificate confirming their basic theoretical knowledge of project management.

Getting certified

  1. You can either prepare for the certification examination yourself using our Recommended Literature or take part in a Training Partner Workshop. The PM Guide 2.0 provides an overview of certification content. The examination covers both the hard facts and soft skills involved in project management. No proof of experience is necessary to obtain this level of certification.
  2. You can check your knowledge level with the “preparatory test“, which provides you with feedback on any gaps in your project management knowledge. It also gives you an idea of the kind of questions and level of difficulty you can expect in the examination. 
  3. When you feel that you have an adequate knowledge level, you can register to take the Cer­ti­fi­cation Examination.
  4. Your registration details are checked by the IAPM. Then you are sent an e-mail invoice which you have to pay within 30 days.
  5. When payment has been received, you will be sent an e-mail with your login data for the IAPM certification system so that you can take your examination.
  6. If you achieve the necessary pass rate of 65% you will receive your personal IAPM certificate by e-mail after a few days.
  7. You can also request a certificate printed on high quality paper, which is subject to an extra charge. The certificate provides you with life-long proof of your theoretical project management knowledge. It is an advantage in job application processes and can help you to make career progress.

What does the "Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification cost?

The certification / examination fee depends on your nationality. This ensures that project managers of all nations can afford our certifications.
Please select your nationality to view the fee that applies to you.

Please note that the discount for students, schoolchildren and job seekers is not granted for "Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the IAPM?

Read more about the IAPM on the following pages:
Association & Organisation
Main focus
The IAPM team
The IAPM's history

Who is "Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification suitable for?

"Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification is designed for project management novices, students, career entrants and career changers. No proof of professional experience is required for certification, which is why people who only have a theoretical background can also take the examination.

What are the advantages of "Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification for me?

"Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification confirms your theoretical project management knowledge, which includes knowledge on both soft skills and hard facts. Certification can tip the balance in your favour when you're looking for your first job after graduation or changing careers. It demonstrates that you have an interest in project management, which sets you apart from your rivals. As an IAPM certificate holder, you will also receive regular invitations to regional Network Meetings where you can meet other project managers and listen to interesting presentations.

What does the preparatory test contain?

The preparatory test reveals any gaps in your knowledge. It gives you an idea of what the certification examination is like and allows you to check your knowledge level. When you have completed the preparatory test you will receive an e-mail with information about your knowledge level and recommendations.

How do I prepare for the examination?

You can take part in a preparatory workshop held by one of our training partners. The workshops practically communicate and illustrate all relevant content. You can find a training partner near to you here.

If you don’t want to attend a workshop, you can also study for the examination yourself. The PM Guide 2.0 provides you with an overview of the topics covered in the certification examination. 
Recommended reading to increase your depth of knowledge can be found here.

How extensive is the "Certified Junior Project Manager (IAPM)" certification examination?

The certification examination has 40 questions and the candidate has to answer 65% of them correctly to pass. The time allowed is 35 minutes. You receive your examination results by e-mail.

What kind of questions can I expect in the examination?

The certification examination questions relate to all topics covered by the PM Guide 2.0. These are:

Project management hard facts:

  • Project check
  • Project file
  • Project environment
  • Stakeholders
  • Project charter
  • Steering committee and core team
  • Communication
  • Specification
  • Phase model
  • Work breakdown structure
  • Work package
  • Cost breakdown structure/ budget
  • Process/ time schedule
  • Risk analysis
  • Sub-project manager and work package owner
  • Line, matrix and autonomous
  • Project start-up
  • Project review
  • Project close-out

Project management soft skills:
  • Team building
  • Management
  • Motivation
  • Working in the project team
  • Conflict management
  • Time management
  • Personal success
  • Stress management

What happens if I fail the certification examination?

If you fail the examination, you can retake it with different questions. In this case, you have to pay the examination fee again. If you also fail this second examination, you have to wait for 12 months before you can have another attempt. If you fail for a third time, you are excluded from any further IAPM certification examinations and will not be able to retake the examination again.

What do the preparatory test and certification examination cost?

The IAPM’s fees are based on the certification candidate’s nationality. This ensures that project managers of all nations can afford our certifications.

You can find information about the fee for the certification and preparatory test that applies to your nationality on our website in the Fee information section. Please remember that IAPM fees are in Swiss francs (CHF) and the corresponding euro or dollar value can fluctuate from day to day, depending on the conversion rate. Invoices are issued in Swiss francs (CHF).

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