ICB: IPMA Competence Baseline

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The IPMA Competence Baseline is the common framework document which all IPMA Member Associations and Certification Bodies abide by to ensure that consistent and harmonised standards are applied. As such, the majority of its content focuses on the description of the competence elements.

To meet the needs of those interested in the practical application of the ICB, the certification process is described for each level, together with a taxonomy and a self-assessment sheet.

IPMA’s approach to project management is broken down into 46 competence elements, covering the technical competence for project management (20 elements), the professional behaviour of project management personnel (15 elements) and the relations with the context of the projects, programmes and portfolios (11 elements).

The eye of competence represents the integration of all the elements of project management as seen through the eyes of the project manager when evaluating a specific situation.

The eye also represents clarity and vision. After processing the information received, the competent and responsible project manager takes appropriate action.

The IPMA Competence Baseline is the basis for certification by the certification bodies of the Member Associations, who use these competence elements in assessing candidates. National cultural differences are addressed in National Competence Baselines by adding specific competence elements and content to the ICB. Validation of the National Competence Baselines by IPMA ensures their conformity to the ICB and the global recognition of certificates awarded by the national certification systems.

The ICB should be of most use to individuals and assessors when undertaking an assessment. However, it can also be used as a guide for the preparation of training materials, for research purposes and as a general reference document for people seeking information about applied project management.

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