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IPPM is a unique certification program because it covers the comprehensive disciplines involved with cost, schedule and technical performance management.

The methodology The Integrated Program Performance Management (IPPM™) Certification is a senior expert-level professional credential offered by APMG in conjunction with the College of Performance Management (CPM). The subject matter relates to the performance planning, measurement and management of programs in a wide range of industries and environments.

IPPM evolved from CPM’s core Earned Value Management Professional Education Program by adding subject matter to fill gaps necessary to properly address the entire range of disciplines in Technical Performance Measurement / Benefits Realization Management (TBM); as well as agile / dynamic Schedule and Resource Management (SRM).

EVM, TBM and SRM form the basis of modern project and program management.

An IPPM certification better represents capability in the variety of skills required for project An IPPM certification better represents capability in the variety of skills required for project and program management. Professionals with these qualifications are better able to manage projects and programs to a successful completion, within budget and delivering the promised benefits to the customer. program management.

Professionals with these qualifications are better able to manage projects and programs to a successful completion, within budget and delivering the promised benefits to the customer.

Certify your ability to:

  • Manage projects and programs to a successful completion.
  • Deliver projects within budget while delivering the promised benefits to the customer.

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Who is the IPPM® (Integrated Program Performance Management) certification suitable for?

The IPPM certification is aimed at a wide range of roles operating in a program environment, including, but not limited to, professional services directors and heads of departments, business solutions consultants and project/service managers.

The certification is suitable to people working at all levels from entry-level upward in an organization where they are involved in some way with projects and programs.

How can I train for the IPPM examinations?

Training for IPPM is available from our network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) which are assessed and certified by APMG International. To find a IPPM training course please select a IPPM certification level to see the available ATOs.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examination.

APMG International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self-study. Click here to book a self-study exam.

How do I sit the exams?

Most, if not all IPPM ATOs will include the examination as part of the associated training course.

Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG International offices. There are four dedicated centre’s in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions.

Click here to book a self-study exam or contact your local APMG Office to see if there is an available classroom near you.


How much does it cost to sit the IPPM examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are generally included in the course fee. APMG International uses a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exams are being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at:

Are there any pre-requisites for the IPPM examination?

There are no pre-requisites for taking the IPPM foundation examination.

What are the main publications for IPPM and where can I purchase them?

The IPPM syllabus and exam are not based on a single publication or reference material. Instead, content has been sourced and combined from several publications to create the supporting vanilla training materials.

Additional unique content has also been created and added to the vanilla training materials.

The vanilla training materials can be purchased from APMG Business Books.

If training with a IPPM ATO please check if a copy of the training material is included as part of the course fee.

Which languages is the IPPM examination available in?

The foundation examination is currently available in English only. Further translations will be considered subject to market demand.

Which languages is the IPPM guidance available in?

The IPPM vanilla training materials guidance is currently available in English only.

How long will it take to learn the IPPM material?

For individuals self-studying it is almost impossible to say. As all candidates have different experiences and amount of time available for study, it varies from person to person. We suggest you purchase the vanilla training materials and have a look through these for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend learning.

For those studying with an accredited training organization, foundation courses are generally delivered over 3 days. It is well worth investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions.

What is the structure of the IPPM examinations?

The IPPM foundation examination consists of 80 multiple-choice questions, with 40 marks (50%) required to pass. It is a closed-book examination to be completed in 75 minutes.

What is the pass mark for the IPPM examination?

The pass mark for the IPPM examination is:
Foundation: You will need to score 40 out of 80 marks available (50%) to pass the exam.

When can I expect the results of my IPPM Examination?

IPPM foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Please note this will only be a provisional result.

Your formal result will be sent to your ATO approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details.

If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your result will be sent directly to you via the relevant APMG International office approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam.

When will I receive my certificate?

If successful, a foundation certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper.

Please note that if you have taken your examinations via an ATO, certificates are dispatched to ATOs. Therefore if you have not received your certificate shortly after the above time frame please contact your ATO directly.

How long are the IPPM certifications valid for?

The certifications are not valid for a defined period of time and will not expire.

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become a IPPM trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become an IPPM trainer, individuals must achieve a minimum score of 66% (53/80) in the foundation exam.

How do I find out if I scored enough to be eligible to become a trainer?

To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email noting your interest. A representative of the Customer Interaction Team will be able to advise you.

How do I become a IPPM approved trainer?

All IPPM trainers must be "sponsored" by an IPPM accredited training organization (ATO).

Contact an IPPM ATO by choosing one from the Accredited Organizations search engine - or contact your local APMG Office.

A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG International office.

How does my organization become an IPPM Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become an IPPM ATO should make an Accreditation Query or contact its local APMG International office. The organization will then be subject to APMG International's ATO assessment process.