IPMA Education and Training Series: How acquired knowledge is transformed into competencies 


by Morten Fangel

Director of the Danish Project Management Association

Manager of IPMA® Certification in Denmark

Director and Chief consultant in fangel Consulting Aps

Copenhagen, Denmark

This article describes the great learning potential of IPMA® Certification – because the certification process provides a new overview, increases the consciousness of knowledge and experiences, and promotes the ability to reflect, scale and maneuver.

The learning potential of IPMA® Certification

This is common knowledge: It is one thing to gain new knowledge on good project management through a course. However, it is something quite different to transform that knowledge into applied competencies.

Having knowledge might mean that you can pass a written exam. Being competent is about being capable of initiating and applying the acquired knowledge in situations where it could be useful and to practice that knowledge with participants and with project parties.

The purpose of this article is to draw attention to the fact that participation in IPMA® Certification – according to experience in the Danish IPMA Association – is a unique learning process, which in itself promotes the transformation of knowledge and experience into applied competencies.

The value of participating in the IPMA® Certification is not just to gain a ‘piece of paper’ on your knowledge and capability when you begin the certification. According to our experience, the value is just as much that the participation in the certification process makes certification candidates more competent.

In that way, IPMA® Certification differs fundamentally from other certifications in project management, in which the main achievement is to pass the written exam.


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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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Fangel Consultants Ltd.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Morten Fangel is Managing Director and Chief Consultant of Fangel Consultants Ltd. and one of the founders of the Danish Project Management Association, (IPMA Denmark) of which he today is the Managing Director. Morten is also member of four other Nordic PM Associations, the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the Project Management Institute (PMI ®) and the Association of Certified Management Consultants (CMC).   He is former president, past Chair and an Honorary Fellow of IPMA, and an honorary member of the Icelandic Project Management Association. Morten is also a global advisor for the PM World Journal.

Morten Fangel holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D. in industrial research from the Technical University of Denmark and a Diploma in Economics degree from the Copenhagen Business School. After years in consulting Engineering companies, he founded Fangel Consultants Ltd., from where he has more than three decades of experience in management consulting.

Morten Fangel has introduced and is a specialist in methodologies for project preparation and start-up, and for planning and evaluation of project management. He is the author of the book Proactive Project Management: How to Make Common Sense Common Practice, published in 2013. He organizes and teaches the annual IPMA Advanced Courses. Morten can be contacted at [email protected]