IPMA Education and Training Series: “IPMA Education & Training moving forward”


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Prof John-Paris Pantouvakis

Chair, IPMA Education and Training Board

Athens, Greece

Established in 2007, the IPMA Education &Training Board (E&T Board) deals with the issues concerning the complex relationships between education, training and employment in professional project management. The ambition of the Board is to play a key role in the continuous development of professional competences, bringing together the relevant stakeholders such as project management trainees, trainers, training organizations, universities, professionals, governments and other authorities and organizations that have an active interest in the area.

The primary beneficiaries from the work of the E&T Board are the Member Associations (MAs) of IPMA and through them the professional project management community around the globe. The output of the E&T Board will be considered successful when MAs increase their visibility and impact by developing products and services that enhance project management performance.

To this purpose, the IPMA E&T Board:

  • Actively promotes the value of project management E&T.
  • Networks with appropriate E&T related providers (training organizations, universities, authors, publishers, developers, PM training video providers, IPMA World Congress organizers etc.).
  • Develops the project management E&T excellence concept and awards recognitions to qualified individuals (e.g. best E&T presentation at the 2013 IPMA World Congress).
  • Supports and increases the visibility and impact of E&T within MAs.
  • Facilitates the sustainable development of new MAs through E&T.
  • Supports E&T related initiatives of the Young Crew and liaises with other IPMA Boards on education & training aspects.

The E&T Board does not directly provide training courses, with the exception of the Training Aid Programme (TAP) for interested groups of professionals in countries without an IPMA MA and the IPMA Advanced Courses for further development of project management competences complementary to the more rigorous four-level IPMA Certification system. As a world leading organization in project management, IPMA has a great responsibility for the development of quality E&T products and services and for this reason it has developed a range of products and services such as:


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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


JOHN-PARIS PANTOUVAKIS flag-greece flag-almaty-kazakhstan

National Technical University of Athens, Greece,

Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakshtan

& Chairman IPMA Education & Training Board


Athens, Greece & Astana, Kazakshtan

John-Paris Pantouvakis, M.Eng., M.Sc., PhD, C.Eng; following a ten year career in industry moved to Academia and is now Professor at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and Visiting Professor at Nazarbayev University in Kazakshtan. John-Paris is also an Adjunct Lecturer and a Postgraduate Module Coordinator at the Hellenic Open University. He is the President of PM-Greece, the Greek IPMA Member, a First Assessor for IPMA Certification in Greece and a trained IPMA Project Excellence Awards Lead Assessor. He also serves as a Member of the Editorial Board of several Journals and as an International Editorial Advisor for the PM World Journal. He has organized several project management events in Greece including chairing the 26th IPMA World Congress (2012). More information is available at his personal website (http://users.ntua.gr/jpp/jpp_en.htm).