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Am I allowed to use any aid for taking the exam for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

No. The exam must be taken without any aids. The exam is designed, that there is no time to look up solutions. In order to guarantee compliance with these requirements, you must sign a declaration of affirmation at the time of enrollment, which states, that you will take the exam independently and without assistance.

Are there any training that prepare myself for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

Yes, we work together with project management trainers, whose seminar contents are focused on the exam for certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM). On our website you have the opportunity to find a coach in your area.

Can I build on my IAPM certificate acquired through a certificate recognition?

Yes, you can use your recognised IAPM certificate as a basis for certification as Cert. International Project Manager (IAPM).

Prerequisite for certification as Cert. International Project Manager (IAPM) is the holding of a certificate as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM), Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM), Cert. Agile Project Manager (IAPM) or Cert. Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM).

A certificate as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) or Cert. Junior Agile Project Manager (IAPM) is not sufficient for certification as Cert. International Project Manager (IAPM).

Can I contact the IAPM in case of ambiguity during the examination for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

No. Questions must be answered independently and without any aids. You have confirmed this by accepting the affidavit and thus agreed to these conditions. 

Can I interrupt my Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

Nein. Sobald Sie die Prüfung gestartet haben, beginnen die für die Zertifizierung zum Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) vorgesehenen 80 Minuten Prüfungszeit zu laufen und die Zeit lässt sich nicht unterbrechen.

Can I jump back or forward in questions during the exam of the certification as Cert. Senior Project Managers (IAPM)?

No. Once you have left a question page, you cannot switch back.

Can I postpone and post-process questions for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

No. You can neither move backwards within the question set nor skip a question set to edit it later. A question cannot be left until it has been answered.

Can I repeat the exam for the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

Yes you can. If you fail the exam for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification, you can repeat the test with new questions. The cost of the test will be re-incurred. If you do not pass this exam, there will be a waiting period of 12 months. If you fail the test again, you will not be eligible for any IAPM certification exams and will not be able to repeat it again.

Can I subsequently change answers that have been set during the exam for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

As long as you have not left the particular question page, you can correct your answer, but as soon as you move to the next page, a subsequent change to your answer is no longer possible. You cannot move backwards within the questions. You cannot leave the current question page until you have given your answer.

Can I upgrade my Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) certificate to a Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certificate?

Yes. As soon as you have enough experience in traditional project management, you can upgrade your Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) certification to a Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification. Here you can submit the corresponding application.

Do I hear my result direclty after finishing the Cert. Senior Project Managers (IAPM) certification exam?

Within three working days you will receive the result of your exam by e-mail. If you do not have an e-mail in your inbox within three working days, please check your spam folder.

Do I need any work experience to pass the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

Yes, in addition to expertise, the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) requires at least five years of project management experience, three years of those in a management position or a position with considerable responsibility.

Does the certificate show the percentage result of my exam for the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

You will find the wording of the result of your examination in your certificate. A scale, which assigns the corresponding percentage to the wording, can be found on the last page of the certificate.

65% - 70%: pass 
71% - 80%: good pass  
81% - 90%: very good pass
91% - 100%: pass with distinction

How can an IAPM certification positively influence my professional career?

IAPM certifications are objective, valid worldwide and internationally recognised. As an individual, a certification brings you objective confirmation of your knowledge and experience and thus advantages on the job market. Your market value increases and you have better chances for a position in project management.

A company that has its employees certified has clear competitive advantages when preparing offers. Companies whose employees are demonstrably competent in project management are more likely to be hired. In addition, all team members speak the same language because the PM Guide 2.0 standardises terms and methods. Misunderstandings due to different interpretations of PM terms are thus avoided.
IAPM certificate surveys showed that about a quarter of respondents increased their salary or changed their position in the company after certification.

How can I apply for my Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certificate in print?

You can request your printed certificate via our contact form. Please give your name, IAPM Identification Code (IAPMIC), the level of certification and the desired recipient address.

How can I prepare for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

You have the opportunity to prepare for certification on your own. In our extensive bibliography you will find numerous literature suggestions. In any case, you should download the PM Guide 2.0 free of charge. This guide lists and describes all topics relevant to the exam. Furthermore, you can prepare for your certification in the form of a seminar with one of our certified training partners. In these seminars you will learn all relevant contents in a clear and practical way. You can find a training partner near you here.

In order to test and possibly improve your knowledge in advance, we offer you the opportunity to take a self-test. The self-test is an online test that is usefully taken before the actual certification exam. It serves to determine in which subject areas you still have knowledge deficits. After passing the self-test, you will receive an e-mail from us with the evaluation of your test and corresponding recommendations for action. The result of the self-test does not affect the result of the certification.

How do I get my results from the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

You will receive an e-mail from us within three working days after completing the exam, in which you will find the result of your exam. If you do not have any e-mail in your inbox within three working days, please check your spam folder.

How do I register for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

For certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) register on our website. To do this, fill in the application form. In addition to your personal data, you confirm your acceptance of the IAPM guidelines and the affidavit.

After sending the registration your data will be checked and you will receive the corresponding invoice. This must be paid within 30 days. After receipt of payment you will receive your personal IAPM Identification Code (IAPMIC) and your access link by e-mail. This allows you to register for the exam. You have 6 months from receipt of the invoice to take the exam.

How long do I have time to take the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

Once you have received your invoice, you will have 6 months to take your exam for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification.

How long is my certificate of Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) valid?

As with a school leaving examination, the driver's licence examination or the final degree, the IAPM certification examinations only have to be taken once and are valid for a lifetime. We are the opinion that every responsible project manager independently expands his knowledge and his horizon of experience. The IAPM does not see itself as a supervisory body. For this reason, we deliberately refrain from costly and time-consuming recertification. This means that your Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) has lifelong validity.

How long will it take to receive the certificate of the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) in print format after applying?

Your printed certificate usually leaves our office in Germany by post within 8 working days after payment of the invoice. The final receipt of the documents will then depend on the recipient address.

How many questions do I have to answer for the self-test regarding the traditional project management?

For the self-test concerning traditional project management, 25 questions must be answered within 20 minutes.

How many questions do I have to answer properly in order to pass the exam to the certiciation as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

The Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam requires 120 questions to be answered within 80 minutes. To pass you will need to complete 65% of the questions correctly.

How many questions of the Cert. Senior Project Managers (IAPM) certification exam do I have to answer properly, to pass?

To pass the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam, you must  answer 65% of the 120 questions correctly within 80 minutes.

How much does the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) cost?

The IAPM as an international, world-wide association wants to give as many people as possible the possibility of a certification. Since income varies widely from country to country, for the IAPM the gross domestic product of the country, the prospective examinee holds the citizenship, counts as basis for the certification costs. Here you can see the cost of certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) depending on your citizenship. 

How much is my Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certificate in print format?

For your certificate printed on high-quality paper we charge 20 CHF including shipping. These must be paid within 30 days. After receipt of payment your certificate will be issued and will leave our office in Germany by post within 8 working days. The final receipt of the documents will then depend on the recipient address.

How much time do I have to answer the questions during the self-test in the traditional project management?

For the self-test concerning traditional project management, 25 questions must be answered within 20 minutes.

How much time do I have to work on the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

You have 80 minutes to answer the 120 questions during the exam to the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM). To pass the exam you must answer 65% of the questions correctly.

How to determine whether my experience meets the requirements for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

When registering for certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) you will be asked to provide your project history. Based on the individual project data - a maximum of five projects can be named for scoring - and the project experience of the last five years, a total score is determined using a mathematical formula. A minimum score must be achieved for admission to certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM). If this is not achieved, only an approval for certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) possible.

To whom is the certification Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) addressed?

The certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) is aimed at people who wish to have their theoretical knowledge and practical experience in project management certified. For admission to certification, proof of at least 5 years of professional experience is required, three of them in a position with considerable responsibility in project management.

What does it cost to upgrade my certificate from Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) on a certificate for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

The IAPM as an international, world-wide association wants to give as many people as possible the possibility of a certification. Since income varies widely from country to country, for the IAPM the gross domestic product of the country, the prospective examinee holds the citizenship, counts as basis for the certification costs. Here you can see the cost of certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) depending on your citizenship.

What happens if I fail the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

If you have failed the exam for certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM), you can repeat the test with new questions. The costs for the test are incurred again. If you do not pass this test either, you will have to wait 12 months. If you fail the test again, you will not be eligible for any further IAPM certification tests and will not be able to take it again.

What happens if the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) exam breaks down for technical reasons?

If the exam should be interrupted for technical reasons, please contact the IAPM support team immediately. The further course is then individually coordinated.

What is a self-test?

The self-test is an autonomous test independent of the actual certification exam. Therefore you have the opportunity to prepare for certification in the form of a preparation test. The self-test is not an exam and the result does not affect your final exam result. It serves only for determing, in which learning areas there are still deficits in knowledge.

You can register here for a self-test associated with your desired certification.

After taking the self-test, you will receive an e-mail within three working days from us with the evaluation of your test and appropriate recommendations for action to close any knowledge gaps. Afterwards, you can decide whether you would like to take your certification exam now or whether you would like to deepen your knowledge even further in self-study or during a preparatory presence seminar of one of our IAPM training partners. Please note that you can only take the self-test once and the access link for the self-test is valid for 6 months from receipt of the invoice.

In case of the certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) or Cert. Junior Agile Project Manager (IAPM), the self-test is called a "pre-test", the cost of the pre-test is already automatically included in the certification fee of the Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) or Cert. Junior Agile Project Manager.

What is the average percentage examinees pass the exam of the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

On average, the participants who take the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) answer about 73.3% of the questions correctly.

What is the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

The Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) is a certification level that proves the knowledge and comprehensive practical experience in traditional project management. To obtain certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM), the examinee must take an online exam. At least 65% of the 120 questions must be answered correctly within 80 minutes.

What is the difference between the Cert. Project Manager and the Cert. Senior Project Manager certification?

The content of the exam is the same for both certifications, i.e. the respective test is generated randomly from the same pool of questions.

During the certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) only the theoretical knowledge in the field of project management is tested. Experience is not necessary, but advantageous.

A Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) must have at least five years of practical experience in project management in addition to his specialist knowledge. Three years of this time should be proven to be in a management position or a position with considerable scope of responsibility.

What is the reason why I do not have to recertify my Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification on a regular base?

As with an school leaving examination, the driver's licence examination or the final degree, the IAPM certification examinations only have to be taken once and are valid for a lifetime. We are the opinion that every responsible project manager independently expands his knowledge and his horizon of experience. The IAPM does not see itself as a supervisory body. For this reason, we deliberately refrain from costly and time-consuming recertification.

Where can I find literature that will help me preparing for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

Our website provides a comprehensive bibliography. This contains recommendations on traditional, agile and international project management. There you will find standard references as well as specific in-depth literature, with which you can rely on the certification exam of Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM). In any case, we recommend that you read and learn the contents of the PM Guide 2.0 of the IAPM in its current version.

Which alternative do I have, if my experience is not sufficient for the Cert. Senior Projecter Manager (IAPM) certification?

Based on the individual project data - a maximum of five projects can be named for scoring - and the project experience over the last five years, a total score is determined using a mathematical formula. For admission to certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) must achieve a minimum score.

If you do not reach the minimum score, you can apply for certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM). Once you have extended your project experience, you can upgrade the certification to Cert. Senior Project Managers (IAPM).

Which are the technical requirements to be able to pass the exam with Classmarker?

For a smooth running of the exam, a current browser is required as well as a stable internet connection. JavaScript and cookies must be enabled (they are usually enabled by default). No plugins like Java, Flash or ActiveX are required. Further information can also be found here.

Which certification level is suitable for me?

Depending on your level of knowledge and project management experience, you can choose the certification that suits you best.

Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM): This certification is suitable for project management newcomers, students or anyone new to project management who wants to have the basic project management knowledge and set the course for the future in project management.

Cert. Project Manager (IAPM): This certification level requires basic knowledge in project management. This knowledge is required to theoretically plan, organise and execute a project well. Work experience is not required for this certification.

Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM): The Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) is a certification level that demonstrates your knowledge and extensive practical experience in project management. The practical experience must be at least five years, three years of which in a managerial position or a position with considerable leadership responsibility.

Cert. Junior Agile Project Manager (IAPM): This certification is suitable for newcomers to agile project management / scrum, students or those new to project management, who want to demonstrate their agile project management skills and set the course for their future in agile project management.

Cert. Agile Project Manager (IAPM): This certification level demonstrates your basic knowledge in Agile Project Management. This knowledge is required to organise and execute an agile project in theory. Work experience is not required for this certification.

Cert. Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM): Here, both your basic knowledge and many years of practical experience in agile project management is certified. The practical experience should be at least five years in agile projects, three of them in a management position or a position with considerable management responsibility.

Cert. International Project Manager (IAPM): This is where your basic theoretical knowledge in the field of "International Project Management" is certified. Prerequisite for the certification is an already successfully passed certification to Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) or Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM), Cert. Agile Project Manager (IAPM) or Cert. Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM). Work experience is not a requirement for this certification.

Which documents do I receive after passing the exam for the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

The certificate documents for your passed exam consist of the following documents: cover letter, certificate and a corresponding report. These documents will be sent to you by e-mail.

Which examination system does the IAPM use?

The IAPM uses the proven Classmarker exam system, which is also used at numerous well-known companies as B. Microsoft, Philipps or Stanford University.

Which requirements do I have to fulfil in order to pass the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

In addition to expertise, the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) requires at least five years of project management experience, three years of those in a management position or a position with considerable responsibility.

Which subject areas do I have to master for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

Basis for certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) forms the PM Guide 2.0 of the IAPM in its current version. This guide lists and describes all topics relevant to the exam. You can download the PM Guide 2.0 for free. Further literature can be found in our extensive bibliography.

Which type of question can I expect in the certification exam for the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

Die Prüfung für die Zertifizierung zum Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) besteht aus Multiple Choice Fragen sowie True/False-Fragen.

Which wording corresponds to the percentage of my examination result of Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

The following percentage is assigned to the respective percentage result:

65% - 70%: pass
71% - 80%: good pass
81% - 90%: very good pass
91% - 100%: pass with distinction

Who can claim a 20% discount on the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

Pupils, students, job seekers or persons who are organised in a non-profit association as active members with an official identity card are granted a discount of 20% on the certification. Please send us an e-mail with a clear proof of your status (e.g. student ID card, certificate from a government agency, official ID card, etc.) in digital form, e.g. a scan of the document.

We will check your personal discount and will then inform you whether you are entitled to the discount and also provide you with an appropriate code. Within 90 days you can register with this discount code and start the certification process.

(Please note: Certifications as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) and Cert. Junior Agile Project Manager (IAPM) and the corresponding pre-tests are excluded from this dicount)

Who evaluates my Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

Your exam will be electronically evaluated by the Classmarker system.

Why is the IAPM Identification Code (IAPMIC) noted on my Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certificate?

The IAPM Identification Code (IAPMIC) allows the viewer to verify the authenticity of your certificate on our website.
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