ICB - IPMA (International Project Management Association) Competence Baseline
IPMA actively promotes project management to businesses and organisations around the world. The organisation certifies project managers, awards successful project teams and researchers, and provides a number of project management publications.
The IPMA competence baseline (ICB3®) sets out the knowledge and experience expected from the managers of projects, programmes and project portfolios. It contains basic terms, practices, methods and tools for professional project management, as well as specialist knowledge and experience.
It is the basis for IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director); IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager); IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager) and IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate). The IPMA® four level certification program is world leading. It is competence based and provides standards by which project management performance can be measured.
PRINCE2 and ICB
On 11 November 2009 the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and The APM Group announced the intention to co-operate on the joint development of a mapping between the ICB and PRINCE2, in order to identify the elements of PRINCE2 that provide knowledge and understanding of a number of technical skills included in the ICB and to enable PRINCE2 practitioners to achieve IPMA qualifications (level C and D) by developing supplementary exams.