Delivering Effective Project Management Training – a German Perspective!


IPMA Education and Training Series 

By Bärbel Häckel

Nürnberg, Germany

Mercedes Benz and BMW are brand names that immediately evoke images of quality, reliability and excellence. We try to emulate this mindset when developing training and certification products and services for our aspiring project management professionals.

In Germany, the IPMA 4-Level-certification system is used to certify project managers at different competence levels. The system is administered in Germany by GPM – German Project Management association through its certification body PM-ZERT.

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ICB3 (IPMA Competence Baseline 3rd edition) is the standard against which an individual’s Technical, Behavioral and Strategic Competences are assessed. This article focusses specifically on IPMA Level D certification.

For these candidates, GPM supplies mandatory training materials that aim to support trainers as well as the participants in furthering knowledge and skills.

People, who commit to achieving the certification, want to enhance their knowledge by current standards so that they can apply it immediately to their professional settings. Furthermore, they wish to acquire both an overview of project management techniques and be able to use correct terminology.

They want to work more effectively in their projects, and eventually they want to advance in their careers as goal-oriented and confident project managers. A training programme in project management should also be considered as a personnel development plan.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is by members of the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board or other IPMA leaders on the subject of project management education, training, careers and related topics. More information about the IPMA E&T can be found at http://ipma.ch/education.

About the Author

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Nürnberg, Germany 

Bärbel Häckel, M.A. Organizational Development and Human Resources, Dipl.-Sozialpäd (FH) and Master of Systemic Consulting has worked for more than 10 years at the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg where she has established and has run the Transfer Center of Knowledge and Technology. She is well experienced in successful third-party-funding for different departments, in managing organizational projects and change projects.

She has also much teaching experience. Since 2012, she is the Manager of the Head Office of the GPM e.v., the German Member Association of IPMA®. Here, she is responsible for the general administration and organization as well as being project manager for the GPM Training and education products.