IAPM International Association of Project Managers

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The IAPM was founded in 1997 as a loosely structured international network for project managers. The first international meeting was held in Helsinki, Finland, in 1999. Further annual meetings have been held in Houston/ USA (2001), Berlin/ Germany (2002), Budapest/Hungary (2004) and New Delhi/India (2005). In 2010 the IAPM published the "PM Guide 2.0" as the basis for IAPM certification.

Then, the project management professionals and scientists formally established the IAPM. It elected the Principality of Liechtenstein as the location of its headquarters and certification body.

In 2012, the IAPM presented the first Project Manager of the Year award for outstanding achievements in project management. It also presents the Book of the Year award at irregular intervals to the authors of project management books.

The IAPM is a registered trademark (CTM trademark and DE trademark) and its business processes and quality management system conform to the international standard ISO 9001 (standard for quality management systems).

Recognized in 2018 by the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior

In the public tender of the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry of the Interior for "Consulting and Support Services for Project Management", the competitive tendering procedure were published.

The tender is divided into three lots: Individual project management, large-scale and multi-project management as well as project management of security-relevant projects. The Federal Ministry of the Interior defines the current and recognized standards and methods to be realised in the implementation of the consulting services for all lots. These standards and methods now also include those of the International Association of Project Managers (IAPM).

The project manager who manages a respective federal project must have a current and valid project management certificate. Here too, the International Association of Project Managers (IAPM) is named as the certification body whose certificates "Project Manager (IAPM)" meet the requirements of the federal government.

One advantage of the IAPM certification is that the certificates have a lifelong validity, comparable to a university degree. With the recognition by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, this advantage over other certification bodies gains a new quality.

We are pleased about this adaptation in the public tenders of the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

Information on certifications and network

Figures 2021/03, since 2011/10:

Passed certification exams:
5.085 examinees from 150 nations

Strategic objective for 2021/12:
5.500 examinees from 155 nations

Failed certification exams:

Pass rate:

United in IAPM networks*:
34,100 project managers from 150 nations

Strategic objective for 2021/12:
35.500 project managers from 155 nations
* Networks (e.g. metropolitan area or university networks), social networks (e.g. XING or LinkedIn), professional groups and committees.

The top ten nations of our certificate holders

Germany Germany
Austria Austria
Switzerland Switzerland
India India
Hungary Hungary
Poland Poland
Nigeria Nigeria
Russia Russia
Great Britain Great Britain
Netherlands Netherlands
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