Association / Organisation

The International Association of Project Managers (IAPM) is a globe-spanning association and certification body for project managers. The organisation is headquartered in Liechtenstein.

The red highlighted countries show the nationality of our IAPM certified persons.

The IAPM's purpose is to promote project management competence.

Purpose and functions

The IAPM’s purpose is to promote project management competence.

  • to promote project management research, development and practical applications;
  • to process and communicate project experiences, research knowledge and teachings;
  • to improve quality in the field of project management; 
  • to foster international cooperation;
  • to develop and elaborate project management standards and project manager best practices;
  • to define guidelines for basic and advanced project manager training;
  • to review and improve project management competence by way of knowledge and competence assessments;
  • to implement project manager examinations and certifications;
  • the regional and international dissemination, and specialisation of project management knowledge.

    It achieves its purpose in particular by:the organisation and implementation of basic and advanced training events including:
  • certification events
  • conferences and congresses
  • the promotion and publication of specialist literature
  • the formation of:
  • networks, professional groups and committees
  • support groups
  • special-purpose activities
  • scholarship grants
  • the following awards: 
  • „Project Manager of the Year“
  • „Book of the Year“

    The IAPM is a non-profit organisation and does not engage in commercial activities. IAPM funds may only be used for the purposes set out in the Articles of Association.

Recognitions and standardisation

Ministries, organisations and companies officially recognize the standards and methods of the IAPM. Our modern, standardised certifications are recognized by the following organisations and companies, among others:


The IAPM certification

The certification can be taken via a reputable online examination procedure. The costs are based on the gross domestic product of your country of origin.

Which certification suits you best?

For better readability, we usually only use the generic masculine form in our texts. Nevertheless, the expressions refer to members of all genders.

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Become a Network Official

Do you want to get involved in project management in your environment and contribute to the further development of project management? Then become active as an IAPM Network Official or as a Network Official of the IAPM Network University.