WHICH LEVEL IS RIGHT FOR ME?

The first step in the certification process is for the candidate to confirm the most appropriate certification level that can be achieved. AIPM have provided a fairly simple pre-assessment checklist for this purpose (below).

To conduct a check, the candidate should start at the level that they think is appropriate based on their main role. Then they should work through the checklist questions for that level/role and if the answer is yes to the vast majority of the questions, that is the most appropriate certification level that they would be able to achieve. If there are a couple of weaknesses identified, the candidate should either work on those areas prior to conducting the assessment or attempt the level below.

Below is the list of candidate checklist questions:

CPPP (Project specialist, project team member)

  • Do you have a moderate level of knowledge about professional practices and knowledge in project management?
  • Do you contribute to the management of projects?
  • Are you involved in planning, monitoring and controlling across each of the following management areas:
    • Scope,
    • Time, and
    • Quality
  • Do you assist in the development of other parts of project plans?
  • Do you contribute to project monitoring and control activities
  • Can you provide evidence of this?

CPPM (Project Manager)

  • Do you have a solid and broad understanding of professional practices and knowledge in project management?
  • Are you directly accountable for the management of projects in your present role?
  • Have you been directly accountable for the management of at least two projects (including their initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling and finalisation) during the last three years?
  • Do you develop management plans for each of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK©) knowledge areas (not just Scope Time Cost and Quality)? Do you establish and utilise project management controls (e.g. WBS, schedule, budget, risk and issues registers, change registers, etc.)?
  • Do you monitor and control projects against approved management plans and project management controls?
  • Can you provide documentary evidence of this work for at least two projects within the last three years where you were the project manager for the whole project lifecycle?

CPSPM (Senior Project Manager within a complex project environment)

  • Have you achieved the CPPM certification?
  • Do you have a comprehensive understanding of professional practices and knowledge in project management?
  • Are you directly accountable for the management of very large and/or complex projects in your present role?
  • Have you been directly accountable for the management of at least two very large and/or complex projects in the last three years?
  • Do you mentor/ direct junior PMs within your organisation?
  • Do you apply comprehensive management plans across all of the PM knowledge areas on your projects?
  • Can you provide documentary evidence of this work?

CPPD (Project Director, Program Manager in charge of subordinate PMs)

  • Do you have a comprehensive understanding of professional practices and knowledge in project management as well as program management?
  • Are you directly accountable for the management of programs in your present role?
  • Have you been directly accountable for the management of at least two programs consisting of multiple subordinate and interdependent projects during the last three years?
  • Do you develop higher level program management plans to guide/ direct your subordinate project managers?
  • Do you provide direction to subordinate project managers across their project lifecycles?
  • Can you provide documentary evidence of this work?

CPPE (Portfolio Manager, Senior Project Executive)

  • Do you have a comprehensive understanding of the professional practices and knowledge behind project portfolio management?
  • Are you directly accountable for the management of a project portfolio in your present role?
  • Have you been directly accountable for the management of a portfolio of projects relating to the achievement of your strategic objectives during the last three years?
  • Do you provide authorisation for the establishment of the programs and/or projects within your portfolio?
  • Do you provide written guidance/ direction on how programs and/or projects should be governed within your portfolio?
  • Can you provide documentary evidence of this work?