What is PMAC-AMPC?

WINNIPEG, MB (PMAC-AMPC) August 20, 2007 -- Incorporated January 18, 2007, the intention of the Project Management Association of Canada / Association de Management de Project du Canada (PMAC-AMPC) is to become the Canadian national member association for the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the organization setting global standards for project management including competence development and assessment.

Currently, IPMA recognizes 43 member associations, each representing one national project management organization.  We would like Canada to become the next IPMA member association. 

Founded in Vienna in 1965, IPMA is the world’s oldest project management professional organization. 

Over the years, IPMA has evolved from a discussion among a small group of pioneers in what was then the new discipline of project management. Those individuals decided to create an organization that would allow project management practitioners to learn, network and propose ideas.

Today, IPMA represents a worldwide professional association with more than 40,000 members in 44 countries. Its legacy includes the world’s leading certification program, global standards and the active promotion of the profession in both the business and government sectors.   More information on IPMA can be found at http://www.ipma.ch/about/faq/Pages/default.aspx.

These member associations serve the specific needs of more than 30.000 project management professionals in their own country, their own language and their own culture. The role of IPMA is to serve those needs at an international level. Only by exception, when there is no member association in a country, is ‘direct individual membership’ possible.

IPMA provides leadership in the development of standards for the practice of the project management profession throughout the world. The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) provides standards and guidelines to define the work of the project management personnel with respect to knowledge, experience and personal attitude. Each Member Association can use the ICB to develop a more detailed National Competence Baseline (NCB) in conformity with local culture and specific circumstances. The ICB is the basis for validation of the national certification programs to the rules of IPMA.

Member associations such as Canada have to carry out their own certification program on the basis of their National Competence Baseline. IPMA only provides a universal system and validates the national certification program.

The philosophy of IPMA and its member associations is to achieve agreement by consensus and avoid the specified voting procedures whenever possible. The membership of the bodies reflects the broad international nature of IPMA.

What distinguishes PMAC-AMPC and our association with IPMA from other global project management organizations?

  • four levels of competence-based certification (A through D) covering levels from new project managers right through to senior project managers and on to directors of complex programmes. 
  • a broader model of project management – one that includes not only technical elements such as scope, time, resources, cost, procurement, control, etc., but also behavioural competence elements such as leadership, creativity, negotiation, self-control, etc., and also contextual competence elements such as finance, legal, environmental, and the relationships between projects, programs, portfolios, and the organization as a whole.
  • a broader definition project success: "the appreciation by the various interested parties of the project outcomes". – IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) version 3.0, page 16


Membership benefits of belonging to PMAC-AMPC (and its pending IPMA membership) include:

  • four levels of competence based certification (A through D).  IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB).  In this book the minimum requirements are stated. All Member Associations are obliged to have a National Competence Baseline in which their program is explained. All the Associations (such as Canada) base their programs on the standards provided by IPMA. The standards for the four level certification programs can be found in the ICB version 3.0
  • The cultural aspects of Canada can be included in the National Competence Baseline (NCB).  Canada as a member association may add content to the existing ICB competence elements up to a total of 10% to reflect National practices  and the unique Canadian culture 
  • Member discounts to IPMA competence certification
  • The introduction of IPMA competence certification into Canada
  • A trained and experienced IPMA assessor
  • A significant discount off the regular subscription prices of the International Journal of Project Management published by Elsevier.  For the reader who may not be familiar with the International Journal of Project Management, it is a juried project management magazine, published eight times a year, with some very interesting articles. It is especially useful for those who are involved with universities and  those project management practitioners who wish to stay on the leading edge of the practice. You can review the samples online to see how useful it would be for you. http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/30435/description#description
  • Members of PMAC-AMPC and IPMA retain their intellectual property.
  • Reciprocal membership discounts to events and publications held by the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm), http://www.asapm.org/ 


Please show your support and interest in PMAC-AMPC and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) by becoming a member today.

Your $20 membership fee and your support are greatly appreciated.

For more information visit our web site at http://www.pmac-ampc.ca/ or email us at info@pmac-ampc.ca.


The above text was written by George Pasieka for promotional use by PMAC-AMPC.


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General Address

Project Management Association of Canada

1234 Kingston Road, Suite 125
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M1N 1P3

PMAC Certification Body

Project Management Association of Canada

Box 58043, Rosslynn RPO
Oshawa, Ontario
Canada L1J 8L6

Fax: (416) 986-5777

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