IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB®)

From IPMA's

"The International Project Management Association (IPMA) Competence Baseline (ICB®) is based upon project management theory combined with the practices and demands from some 50 member associations. The ICB is of most use to individual project managers who wish to review their competence in project, programme and portfolio management, as well as for candidates and assessors involved in a certification."

Although the title does not contain the word standard we still grouped this

The current version is version 3.0 published in 2006.

The ICB is the basis for the IPMA's universal four level certification (4-L-C) system. The levels being:

  • Certified Projects Director (IPMA Level A)
  • Certified Senior Project Manager (IPMA Level B)
  • Certified Project Manager (IPMA Level C)
  • Certified Project Management Associate (IPMA Level D)
The baseline is made up of the following main sections:
  • Introduction
  • Key Concepts
  • Certification
  • Element Descriptions
    • Technical competence elements
      1. Project management success
      2. Interested parties
      3. Project requirements & objectives
      4. Risk & opportunity
      5. Quality
      6. Project organisation
      7. Teamwork
      8. Problem resolution
      9. Project structures
      10. Scope & deliverables
      11. Time & project phases
      12. Resources
      13. Cost & finance
      14. Procurement & contract
      15. Changes
      16. Control & reports
      17. Information & documentation
      18. Communication
      19. Start-up
      20. Close-out
    • Behavioural competence elements
      1. Leadership
      2. Engagement & motivation
      3. Self-control
      4. Assertiveness
      5. Relaxation
      6. Openness
      7. Creativity
      8. Results orientation
      9. Efficiency
      10. Consultation
      11. Negotiation
      12. Conflict & crisis
      13. Reliability
      14. Values appreciation
      15. Ethics
    • Contextual competence elements
      1. Project orientation
      2. Programme orientation
      3. Portfolio orientation
      4. Project, programme & portfolio implementation
      5. Permanent organisation
      6. Business
      7. Systems, products & technology
      8. Personnel management
      9. Helth, security, safety & environment
      10. Finance
      11. Legal
  • References
  • Comparison between IPMA Competence Baseline versions 2.0b and 3.0
  • Appendices

Although the title does not contain the word standard we still grouped this under standards as IPMA clearly refers to the ICB as a standard as can be seen on page 155 of version 3.0 of the ICB