Certified International Professional Manager (CIPM)

Certified International Professional Manager

To qualify as a Certified International Professional Manager, IPMA’s Membership Qualifying Examination scheme requires students to complete 6 (six) levels of examinations and assessments. The mandatory qualifying stages are:

  • Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Professional Part 1
  • Professional Part 2
  • Completion of a 6 months Professional Qualifying Research Project
  • Completion of a 12 months practical Internship Programme

To become a Licensed Member of the Association, all Professional Part 2 successful students must complete 18 months internship programme at their place of work or at an approved alternative organization. Through mentoring and coaching, the intern will, in time, achieve a higher a level of performance and managerial effectiveness.

IPMA places great emphasis on this internship programme. Through a well-structured system, this process is both motivating and challenging. Further details of the Qualifying Project and internship programmes are available elsewhere on this website.

Existing members must satisfy our mandatory requirements for Continuous Professional Development (MCPD) before renewal of their membership status.

Members are also expected to comply with our Association’s Code of Practice.
Post Experience Qualifying Programme (PEQP)

Many Executives and Decision makers with considerable and significant experience in the workplace need to keep up to date with new ideas and to understand how other organisations have dealt with organisational problems, strategies and competition.

Managers working in times of great change, increasing competitive pressures and a globalised world must be equipped to make the right strategic decisions to deal with these challenges.

IPMA has designed this unique and effective programme that provides participating managers and executives with analytical and problem solving skills for the effective handling of all issues that confront their organisations.

Managers who complete the programme will be granted membership grade as shown below depending of their work experience and academic qualification.


The will also be designated as Certified International Professional Managers (CIPM) to acknowledge their high standing and status with this award.
Programme Structure

Managers will be required to attend 6 weekend sessions. These intensive sessions will be focus on analysis of real-world companies, their strategies, and the challenges they face in resolving their problems and crisis. Through discussions and presentations, a learning environment is set to develop and enhance management analytical skills and problem solving. Opportunities to share and evaluate other ideas and approaches aid learning but more importantly, these skills can and should be transferred into the workplace.

IPMA’s PEQP programme encompasses all the functional areas of management to provide the participating manager with a rich and rewarding insight into areas and functions that impact on their decision making.

Managers will be required to undertake the following subject areas in their PEQP programme:

    Strategic Issues in Operations Management
    Strategic Issues of Globalisation
    Strategic Management
    Strategic Business Transformation and Change
    Strategic Financial Control and Management

    Strategic Human Capital Management

Programme Methodology

IPMA believes that management development programmes must enable managers to develop skills that can be transferred into the workplace. IPMA therefore, require all managers to not only attend and contribute to these intensive seminars and workshops but also to be assessed to ensure the achievement of all learning objectives for the benefit of the participant.

Formal sessions will be centred upon Case Study analysis of real-world problems and scenarios. At the end of each session, managers will be given a case study to analyse on their own and will be required to submit for assessment their analysis and recommendations to specific questions relating to the Case Study.

This approach has been proven to provide the greatest benefit to the participating manager as it allows the managers to:

    Become more critical of events and situations.
    Become more confident in handling different situations and problems.
    Develop better communication skills in proposing changes and new ideas.
    Understand team dynamics to achieve organisational objectives.
    Develop leadership skills.
    Understand the complexities of strategic management and business policies.
    Provide direction for their organization in meeting competitive pressures.
    Handle crisis effectively.


Join the Global Strategic Network of the Certified International Professional Managers
Use of credentials after your name on all documentations
Be recognized as a Certified International Professional Manager
Be admitted to any of the five membership grades depending on your work experience.
Access to journal and wide range of managerial ideas
Worldwide recognition and acceptability