GPM’s PRiSM™ Practitioner Course Earns IPMA Accreditation


28 February 2013 – Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA – Green Project Management (GPM®), a provider of sustainability-based project management methodologies, professional development, and certification, has announced that their PRiSM (Projects integrating Sustainable Methods) Practitioner Course has been accredited by the International Project Management Association (IPMA®) as a Registered Training Course.  It is the first course in the United States to achieve this IPMA accreditation.


PRiSM™ Practitioner imparts a structured methodology that integrates sustainability with project management by blending best practices from ISO 9001 The Quality Management Standard, ISO 14001 The Environmental Management Standard, ISO 50001 The Energy Management Standard, ISO 21500 Guidance on Project Management, and ISO 26000 Guidance on Social Responsibility with forty five elements for project management competency development from the AEIPRO  and IPMA®  National Competency Baseline and International Competency Baseline (NCB/ICB).

The course, which is designed around the GPM® PRiSM methodology, uses the EnVex (hands on) learning approach to provide participants with a working blueprint that can be used as a reference on “how to apply sustainability to projects” when they return to work and the knowledge to earn the GPM-b certification.

IPMA Vice-President of Education, Jesus Martinez-Almela stated “It was at our World Congress in 2008 when then Vice President Mary Mckinlay called for project management to take responsibility for sustainability.  AEIPRO, Spain’s IPMA Member Association reviewed and assessed GPM’s PRiSM Practitioner course and found that it provides a solid understanding of the ‘why’ and a clear roadmap for sustainability integration.  This course, which now holds the IPMA seal, will be a driving force for positive change for our profession.”

GPM President Joel Carboni stated “As an organization, our slogan is ‘Evolve the discipline of Project Management’.  Through our GPM and GPM-b certifications, PRiSM methodology, and courses, we work tirelessly to provide a value-add to the existing standards that are in place globally.  For our Practitioner course to be the first in the United States to be recognized at this level is a testament that sustainability has emerged from the mere shadows of a project manager’s personal ethics into a core criterion in which project success is based on.  For us, our consortium, our partners, and all advocates for sustainability in project management, this is a giant leap forward.”

Founded in 1965, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management association. IPMA is an international federation of more than 55 national project management societies in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.  IPMA national associations collaborate to advance the profession’s achievements in project and business success in their geographic areas of influence, interacting with thousands of practitioners, corporations, government agencies, universities and colleges, as well as training organizations and consulting companies.  More about IPMA at www.ipma.ch.

Formed in 2009, GPM® is a global professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project management practices to decouple social and environmental degradation from economic growth. GPM® accredits professional training organizations and project management practitioners and is largely considered the solutions leader with their professional certifications and project delivery method PRiSM™. GPM® training is currently being offered North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East through accredited training organizations. To learn more about GPM® visit www.greenprojectmanagement.org ##

Source: Green Project Management