The Certificate In Project Management (CIPM) credential which is aligned to the Totality of Project Management body of knowledge is extremely rich and covers all aspects of managing a project. Hard skills as well as soft skills such as leadership, motivation, negotiation, conflict resolution etc are fully covered. Additionally, important topics of Health, Safety, Security & Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility are also covered in the CIPM curriculum.

In today's complex environment with rapid technological advances, uncertainties, and seamless exchange of information globally, managing our projects cost effectively is becoming more and more complex. The Totality of Project Management curriculum addresses the complexities of managing this scenario very comprehensively and effectively with emphasis on acquiring knowledge of latest cutting edge hard tools and techniques as well as soft skills which are even more crucial to achieve success and satisfy the different stakeholders.

  • Conceptualize
  • Plan
  • Organize
  • Implement
  • Control
  • Integrate
  • Deliver & Closeout and
  • Knowledge Leverage.

Each phase as can be seen in the diagram has been depicted using different colours of varying intensity showing the intensity of the work during the phase.

In Totality of Project Management 3 additional phases - Organize, Integrate and Knowledge Leverage have been included as part of the project Life Cycle as all three phases are very important to achieve project success. Good planning is a basic requirement for successful delivery of the project but it is also very important to organize the work so that the plan can be successfully implemented. A separate Organize phase ensures the resources are properly organized as per the plan. The Integrate phase emphasizes the importance of Integration for correct and timely delivery of the product/service even though the different plans will beintegrated through the project. Knowledge Leverage is also given special importance in Totality of Project Managemenent curriculum to capture the knowledge gained which increases as the project proceeds.

Conceptualize phase marks the initiation of the project. Plan and Organize phases are closely linked and require continuous feedback. Deliverables from these phases trigger the start of the Implement phase.

The Implement and Control phases are closely interlinked through execution of the work, feedback and corrective measures. The work in both these phases generally starts with medium intensity, peaks as the project work intensifies and again subsides as most work is completed. Deliverables from these phases trigger the start of Integrate Phase.

The Integrate and Deliver & Closeout phases go hand in hand. As the work is completed it has to be integrated and made ready for delivery till the integration is completed and all the deliverables are completed. Knowledge leverage (KL) is also important and grows as the project progresses.

In the three days, the participants will be able to better appreciate the nuances of managing projects and programs. Before starting this module, to assess the current knowledge level of the participants, their PM knowledge is assessed on a scale of 1 to 10 through a brief pre-Project Management Knowledge Quotient (PMKQ™) assessment test. At the end of the 3 days, a post PMKQ™ assessment is again taken by mapping the scores obtained in the CIPM examination in areas that were covered by the PMKQ™ questions.

It has been found that after completing this module the PMKQ™ of the participants has improved 2 to 3 fold demonstrating the effectiveness of the training.

Some of the 37 Knowledge Areas covered are: • Stakeholder Management • Business Case • Success Criteria • Project Management Plan • Scope Definition • Time Management • Cost & Finance • Roles & Responsibilities • Risk Management • Procurement • Quality • Information Management & Reporting • Contract Administration • Communication • Organization Structures • Leadership • Motivation • Conflict Resolution • Team Performance • Negotiation • Change Management • Problem Solving • Health, Safety and Environment • CSR • Closeout • Post Project Evaluation

At the end of this Module (PM1), the participants will be given a comprehensive 2.5 hour examination which leads to the Certificate in Project Management (CIPM) credential. This certificate is administered and awarded by the International Institute of Projects and Program Management (i2P2M).


CIPM Certification Process

The CIPM examination is administered by I2P2M which is deeply involved in providing all round world class education and development in project management to meet the challenges and complexities at the work place. Today, there are 15000+ CIPM credential holders in India from leading companies.

The CIPM examination is of 2.5 hour duration and contains three types of questions. Details are given below:


  • Total Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Total Questions: 150 multiple choice questions in 4 sections
  • Total Marks: 200
  • Passing Score: Overall 60% ; 50% marks Must in each section
  • There is Negative marking - 25% of the allotted marks for the question will be deducted for every wrong answer

There are 3 types of questions in the CIPM exam:

  • Type 1 Questions: Has 1 answer to be selected from 4 options. This carries 1 mark
  • Type 2 Questions: Has 1 answer to be selected from 5 options. This carries 2 marks
  • Type 3 Questions: Has 1 answer to be selected from 4 options. This requires calculations and carries 5 marks.