Certified Project Professional (CPP)

A Certified Project Professional (CPP) applies contemporary project management tools, techniques and methods to the unique context of each project they undertake.

They identify and respond proactively to project risks, opportunities and issues, keeping stakeholders fully informed throughout.

CPP candidates need to have been assessed on a minimum of 30 hours’ project education, then evidence the full-time equivalent of three (3) years’ project experience before proceeding to examination.

You can have contributed to your project(s) at any level – as an administrator, team member or manager – and years of experience may be accumulated non-consecutively (for example, over six calendar years).

The CPP certification requirements are intentionally flexible, and allow you to submit documentation and reviews that you may have previously undertaken as evidence of your competence.

Unfortunately, a detailed Curriculum Vitae or resume – even one with references – is only testimony that you have worked on projects, and not independent evidence that you are competent to the requisite standard!

Unlike in other certification programs, our holistic, human assessment of candidates is not done by robots.

Employers can be assured that Certified Project Professionals have undergone the most rigorous interrogation and third-party validation of their knowledge and skills via written, oral and face-to-face interactions.

Advanced Recognition and Certification (ARC) workshop

The five (5) day ARC workshop is a wholly interactive, semi-structured approach to learning.

It leverages the unique experiences, needs and operating environments of participants to enable a practical, networked education event.

Participants are therefore encouraged to share complex, ‘real life’ examples from their professional experience that can be resolved using the best-practice principles of project management.

In contextualising this course for corporate clients, we can also integrate your project assets, templates and tools into the curriculum for a seamless and relevant workplace program.

Over five days, the collaborative workshop does not so much create over-achieving project managers; rather, it introduces a common frame of reference, common purpose and common sense approach to the cohesive delivery and oversight of professional and personal projects.

Candidates with a minimum of three (3) years’ project experience who successfully complete the ARC workshop are admitted to the Institute of Project Management as Certified Project Professionals (CPPs).

All other candidates graduate as Certified Project Officers (CPOs).

Online assessment

In order to demonstrate your competence as a Project Professional, you are required to evidence the following:

  • Knowledge: Successfully complete and be assessed on 30 hours of project management education
  • Skills: Identify a project you have recently made a significant contribution to and critically reflect upon its performance – this will take the form of a 1,500 word (minimum) written report aimed at recommending improvements for the organisation
  • Experience: Demonstrate the full-time equivalent of three (3) years’ project experience

Evidence of your knowledge, skills and experience are submitted with your application. Once these have been successfully assessed per the defined criteria, you will be contacted for your final interview.

In that interview (usually via Skype), your assessor will invite you to make a 3-5 minute presentation of your Project Reflection findings. This will be followed by a 25 minute question and answer session.

In order to successfully complete this final interview, you will need to be familiar with larger issues, such as project management frameworks, theories and best practice; more importantly, you need to have a deep understanding of the project you have reflected upon and the major issues encountered.

Candidates who successfully complete the final interview will be advised immediately and directly admitted to the Institute of Project Management as a Certified Project Professional.


Order of Merit

The Order of Merit recognises excellence in project management knowledge.

Those Certification holders who attain an overall grade of 100% in the OPEN quizzes will be automatically entered into the Institute of Project Management’s Order of Merit.

BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice

Completing the BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice will pre-qualify you for CPP certification.

In other words, once you have the requisite three years’ project management experience, you can use your Certificate IV as evidence of your knowledge and application of skills at the CPP level.

Visit here to learn more.

Institute of Project Management Certifications validate contemporary best practices in the discipline of project management.

They equally respect both people and process, and do not preference any one standard, methodology or industry approach.

Instead, our Certifications evidence a highly rigorous and transferable baseline of knowledge, skills and experience that can be applied in any project context.

Institute Certification holders are ultimately critical thinkers; they are the project leaders, problem solvers and innovators of the 21st century.

Now is the time to unlock your true career potential by proving your ability to handle challenging projects and increasing your value to employers.

So why should I certify my project management knowledge and skills with the Institute of Project Management?

  • Access our free, OPEN, online knowledge library – don’t pay for expensive preparation courses
  • Consider alternative assessment options, including the recognition of your prior project management learning
  • Receive lifetime certification – no membership, subscription or ongoing fees are required
  • Guaranteed global recognition – your project management passport!
  • Access direct pathways to higher certification and/or qualifications
  • Exponentially increase your career potential and rewards

Employers today are frustrated with “Paper PMs” – project managers who are certified on the basis of completing a theoretical, methodology-specific quiz.

Such quizzes invariably demand rote memorisation of obscure formulas and highly complex process maps that bear only a passing resemblance to how projects are delivered in the real world.

By contrast, the Institute of Project Management goes beyond theory or case-study based assessment, requiring CPP candidates to additionally demonstrate the practical application of project knowledge in their existing workplace.

This means that the organisation learns alongside the candidate as they critically reflect upon their own performance and identify opportunities to improve the delivery of future projects and programs of work.

In fact, employers prefer and invest in Institute certifications for their staff for a whole range of reasons:

  • Comprehensive assessment conducted by human experts that validates knowledge, skills and experience
  • The Institute assesses people, not CVs – we personally interview, challenge and reference check all candidates at the CPP level and higher
  • Instant, online validation of certification authenticity is available via Linkedin and OPEN
  • The Institute’s certification marks and post-nominals are accredited to explicitly defined and regularly audited international standards
  • Candidates are bound to the Institute’s Code of Ethics for Project Professionals
  • Organisations employing Institute certified candidates immediately observe improved project performance

By taking a 21st century approach to competency-based assessment, the CPP certification is the most durable and cost-effective option for early-career project managers looking to independently assure their value to their employer.

CPP certification currently costs US$500 to complete online.

The five (5) day ARC workshop costs US$2,500 to attend.

If you have completed the BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice with the Institute of Project Management, there is no charge to ‘step up’ to CPP.

All fees are inclusive of lifetime certification – there is nothing more to pay.

You can either pay online when you complete the enrolment / application form, or request an invoice (if, for example, you would like your employer to pay on your behalf).

Discounts may be also be available when you use a promotional code provided by one of our community partners.

How much does a project manager earn?

That depends on where you work…

In 2017, the median salary for a project manager in Australia was AU$142,800 per year – in the USA, it was US$112,000.

Interestingly, having even a basic certification or qualification in project management added around 20% to the value of of an individual’s salary.

The best country to work as a project manager is Switzerland (USA is ranked #2, and Australia is #3), while the worst is Egypt. If you want to know what a project manager usually earns in your country, just ask us!

Can I use the letters "CPP" after my name?

The Certified Project Professional designation is an official certification mark authorised by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and internationally protected by IP Australia.

Admission to the Institute of Project Management as a Certified Project Professional allows you to post-nominally use the letters CPP in all formal and official correspondence (eg Jane Smith CPP).

How do I know someone is a genuine CPP?

You can look-up CPPs via our public directory of Certification holders.

To protect the privacy of all Certification holders, your search must include a full given name, full surname or a complete certificate number. Note, too, that some Certification holders may have opted to hide their details from the directory.

Many awardees also include their Certification on their LinkedIn profile. In that instance, a unique hyperlink is provided for verification purposes.

Do I have to complete CPO before CPP?

The knowledge standards for CPO are the same for CPP and CPM – an examination of 30 hours of project management education.

If you have the requisite experience and skills, you should consider skipping CPO and going straight to the higher-level Certification.

Not only will you save yourself the CPO assessment fees; you will be retrospectively awarded CPO upon being admitted to the Institute as a CPP.

What is lifetime certification?

Lifetime certification means you do not need to pay an annual membership or subscription fee to maintain your Certification – it also means you never need to re-sit or retake an examination at this level.

Certified Project Professionals are encouraged to continue their professional development through practice and be assessed at the Master level as they develop the requisite skills and experience.

Will you endorse my project management skill on LinkedIn?

Certified Project Professionals who successfully complete the ARC workshop are encouraged to connect with their trainer(s) on LinkedIn.

At your request, they will endorse your project management skill on your profile.

How can I become a Certified Project Trainer?

Our Certified Project Trainers are highly experienced project leaders (CPM or CPD) with a minimum of ten (10) years’ proven project leadership and appropriate teaching and mentoring experience.

If this is you – especially if you speak a second language – we would love to hear from you!