IPMA Education & Training Board Series: The Power of IPMA® Self-Assessment


By Krystyna Linkowska

Wroclaw University of Technology

Wroclaw, Poland

The IPMA® Competence Baseline (ICB3.0) describes the essential knowledge and experience requirements of a person responsible for project management and is an integral component of the universally recognised IPMA® 4 level certification system.

It is structured to assess the individual’s level of competence in the Technical, Behavioural and Contextual domains as shown in the “Eye of Competence”


Assessment of candidates for IPMA® certification is based on a range of data about the applicant including CV, examination results, a written project report, an interview and a self-assessment by the candidate.

The Self-Assessment is just one component that assists the assessors in forming a holistic view of the candidate. However, it also brings benefits to the individual via high quality learning and personal development.

Having recently completed the self-assessment process, I can describe the learning acquired and benefits obtained from the undertaking as follows.

Participating in the IPMA® Competence Baseline (ICB 3.0) self- assessment allowed me to appraise in a formal and structured way, the knowledge and experience I have in the field of Project Management.

It highlighted and exposed areas in which my knowledge and experience are limited, and which are essential to my becoming a successful Project Manager.


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Editor’s note: This series of articles is provided by the IPMA Education and Training (E&T) Board 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

pmwj21-apr2014-Linkowska-IMAGE2 AUTHORflag-polandKrystyna Linkowska

Wroclaw University of Technology


Kyrstyna Linkowska, an IPMA® Level C certification applicant from Poland, is a graduate of the Faculty of Environmental Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland.  She has experience as a contract manager, project engineer and design engineer primarily in the electrical contracting sector.She is currently undertaking a Strategic Project Management Diploma with the Institute of Project Management.