IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB)

What is IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB)?

The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) is a standard developed by the International Project Management Association (IPMA) that defines the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are required for effective project management. It is designed to provide a common understanding of what it means to be a competent project manager and to help organizations develop and evaluate their project management capabilities.

The ICB consists of four levels of competence:

  1. Foundation: This level represents the basic knowledge and skills that are required for project management. It includes topics such as project planning, risk management, and stakeholder communication.
  2. Advanced: This level represents more advanced knowledge and skills that are required for managing larger and more complex projects. It includes topics such as project governance, project portfolio management, and change management.
  3. Expert: This level represents the highest level of project management competence. It includes topics such as strategic planning, business analysis, and leadership.
  4. Professional: This level represents the ability to apply project management knowledge and skills in a range of different contexts and industries. It includes topics such as cultural awareness, ethical leadership, and strategic stakeholder management.

The ICB is used as a reference for various IPMA certification programs and is designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of different organizations and industries. It is regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the latest developments in project management practice.

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