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IPM Certification

The Institute of Project Management offers access to the highly-rated professional certifications, accreditation, and qualifications in Project Management
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Who is IPM?

The Institute of Project Management (IPM), founded over 30 years ago, is a specialist organisation offering education, certification, and membership services in project management. Since its establishment in 1989, IPM has trained more than 40,000 professionals and certified over 6,000 project managers. IPM is recognised worldwide as a global authority solely focused on project, programme, and portfolio management disciplines. IPM is also a member of the International Project Management Association (IPMA®) – the first professional project management association – together with a federation of over 70 countries across six continents.

One of IPM’s greatest assets is its industry-focused faculty. Each member is academically and professionally qualified and experienced in the practical application of project management in real business environments. Our collaboration with IPMA, Axelos, and PMI ensures access to the best-in-class international and domestic lecturing talent. In addition, we work with an assortment of organisations and individuals across all sectors to help develop their competencies, practices, and certification credentials to enable the successful execution of projects.

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Our Philosophy & Mission

IPM’s philosophy is to ensure that our training and certification programmes are up-to-date with the best thinking and practice in project management. Accordingly, IPM invests heavily in its direct involvement with the international project management community to achieve this goal.

IPM’s mission is to help the project profession grow and deliver better in a complex and shifting world. IPM aims to provide education and develop qualifications and certifications to empower individuals and organisations to deliver successful projects that positively impact and benefit society.


IPM Professional Diplomas

IPM offers integrated EQF and IPMA® professional body qualifications via certified diploma programmes.

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is an eight-level, learning-outcomes-based framework for all types of qualifications that functions as a translator between various national qualifications frameworks. The EQF was set up in 2008 and later revised in 2017. This paradigm improves qualification transparency, comparability, and portability and allows cross-country and institutional comparisons.


IPM has achieved accreditation from Technological University Dublin, allowing IPM to offer access to NFQ Level 8 & 9 Special Purpose Awards which equates to 15 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The accreditation also validates the following aspects:

  • Curriculum: IPM offers a comprehensive and rigorous project management curriculum that covers all aspects of project management.
  • Faculty: IPM has highly qualified faculty members who are project, programme, and portfolio management experts. These faculty members have the practical experience and academic qualifications which enables them to deliver quality education and training.
  • Standards: IPM follows international standards and best practices such as those set by the IPMA and PMI. These standards ensure that IPM graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the working world.
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To obtain the diploma, candidates will be assessed through various components such as self-assessment, written project, or a 3-hour online exam – the type of assessment will be different per diploma.


  • Certified Project Management Diploma (NFQ Level 8)People achieving this diploma demonstrate knowledge about managing a project from beginning to end successfully.
  • Strategic Project Programme Management Diploma (NFQ Level 9)People achieving this diploma demonstrate expertise in managing multiple projects focusing on achieving strategic results.
  • Project Leadership and Management Diploma (NFQ Level 9)People achieving this diploma demonstrate emotional intelligence, excellent communication skills, and abilities to build productive relationships and lead high-functioning teams to emerge as Project Leaders.

IPM Professional Certificates

IPM regularly invests in developing project management educational programmes with a professional focus, giving access to modern, career-defining training covering all key project management methodologies and approaches.


IPM Agile Certificate

To succeed in an age of rapid change, organisations must assess, react and adapt faster than ever. An agile mindset, a focus on value, and an iterative approach to planning are the way forward.

IPM Agile Certificate validates your knowledge about key Agile principles and frameworks to help you launch your accredited career as an Agile Project Manager. This credential contributes 21.0 PDUs (Professional Development Units) to the record of your Continuous Professional Development.

Certified Agile Project Management offers you this credential. By joining this 3-day course, you will also earn the IPMA Agile® International Professional Certification.

IPM Scrum Certificate  

Scrum is the most popular Agile methodology, according to the 16th State of Agile Report. Research shows that 87% of respondents currently leverage Scrum in their organisation.

IPM Scrum Certificate validates your strong understanding of Scrum and how to lead a Scrum team to successful project completion. This certificate is more than just course attendance; you must pass the final written examination to get the certificate – the pass rate is 60%. In addition, IPM Scrum Certificate contributes 14.0 PDUs (Professional Development Units) to the record of your Continuous Professional Development.

By joining the PSM Scrum Master course, you can earn this credential and prepare yourself for the Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM I) certification exam by

IPM Certificate of Completion

IPM offers various programmes, from skill specialisation short courses to exam preparation available live-online, in-person, and on-demand. These programmes are designed to help you master new skills you can immediately apply in your workplace. In addition, you will earn an IPM Certificate of Completion with PDUs which contributes to the record of your Continuous Professional Development.


IPM Certificates of Completion are verifiable through Accredible and trusted by employers. You can take advantage of your digital certificate and showcase your achievements to attract new opportunities.

IPM Certificate of Completion is a credible and valuable asset for any professional seeking to establish themselves as a skilled and knowledgeable professional. You can obtain an IPM Certificate of Completion by completing the following courses: