Certified Project Management Associate (CPMA) is a knowledge-based qualification matching IPMA Level-D. Successful candidates are able to participate in managing projects of various sizes. This qualification is recognized both nationally and internationally as demonstrating that candidates can apply their project management knowledge in various project environments, between companies, and across industries.
The CPMA is intended for project managers and aspiring project managers who wish to demonstrate their knowledge of project management at a foundation level. CPMA covers all 46 competence elements from the Canadian Project Management National Competence Baseline (CPMNCB). Knowledge of each of these elements is considered fundamental to the professional management of projects.
A candidate who successfully completes the CPMA exam earns the right to use the letters CPMA (or IPMA-D) after his or her name plus can use the image to the left on their business card or online bio. The candidate is eligible to use these post nominals for as long as their certification remains current. If it expires and is not renewed, candidates are no longer eligible to use these post nominals.
The CPMA exam involves two separately-timed exam modules:
The exam is offered in proctored, written format as well as a self-scheduled online option. While the online option may be taken at any time, the paper-based exam is only offered on certain dates and locations -- please see our events calendar for the latest listings.
The CPMA assesses the candidate’s breadth of knowledge in all areas of project management, from strategic and commercial implications, to the technical, organizational, and people management skills required to participate effectively within a project team.
The regular fee for writing the CPMA examination is $350. This includes the cost of the examination and the resulting certificate, if the candidate passes the exam.
To prepare for the CPMA exam, candidates should first read the Canadian Project Management National Competence Baseline (CPMNCB) as this document describes all of the 46 topics to be covered in the exam.
Candidates for the CPMA exam can also complete the self-assessment tool measuring themselves against these 46 competence elements to see where they may want to focus their study efforts.
Finally, candidates may want to take a course designed to help candidates pass the CPMA exam. The PMAC-AGCP accredits courses that have passed a rigorous review. Currently, we have one course accredited for CPMA exam preparation; however, this preparation course is optional (though recommended), and candidates may instead pursue a self-study approach.
Whether or not candidates take a preparation course, the PMAC recommends the following books as a good study aid for the CPMA (Level-D) exam:
|Project Manager's Portable Handbook (3rd edition) by David I. Cleland and Lewis R. Ireland. Published by McGraw-Hill, 2011. ISBN: 9780071741057.|
|Management Teams: Why They Succeed or Fail (2nd edition) by R. Meredith Belbin. Published by Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005.|
To apply to write the examination, please download and print out either the CPMA Paper Exam Application Form or CPMA Online Exam Application Form. This form must be completed by the candidate (and a guarantor for online exams). The guarantor is a person from an authorized group of people who can authenticate the identity of the candidate, similar to when Canadians apply for passports. The guarantor will also need to sign the form attesting that the person signing the form is the individual named on the form and that the person is known to them for a period of at least two (2) years. Guarantors are not required for print exam applications, only for online exam applications.
The application form also contains an oath to be signed by the candidate and witnessed by the guarantor that the candidate will not cheat during the writing of the exam, whether paper-based or online.
Once the application has been completed and signed by both parties, it should be submitted to the PMAC-AGPC in one of two ways:
Whichever payment method is chosen, once the association receives both the application form and the payment, candidates will be notified via email within 2 business days. For paper-based exam applicants, the form indicates the date/time/location of the examination requested; specific logistical details will be emailed to the candidate closer to the examination date. For online exam applicants, the form indicates the day on which the applicant would like to write the exam; the applicant will be emailed a login information to the examination system on that day.
Please read the CPMA (IPMA Level-D) Certification Regulations for further details on this certification programme.
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