Most important standards for IT certification are coming from organizations that are recognized as respected for the programs that they have developed. Most of them are independent and for this site we are limiting the information to those who are not mixing interests because of being a training organization in the same time.
Again, without being complete, we mention: the competitors for PRINCE2, PMBOK and IPMA.
Project Management Body of Knowledge is a guide of the Project Management Institute, an entity that is recognized as governing this discipline. The guide identifies 42 processes that fall into five basic process groups and nine knowledge areas that are typical for almost all projects. The certification programs are PMP and CAPM. The standard is not used intensively because of the guide is not exhaustive: some aspects of implementation practice are missing and because of real life examples of the use of tools are incomplete. See: www.pmi.org
Instead we see IPMA (the International Project management Association) as a stronger model, more used for training and certification and related to Prince2. The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) is the competence standard for project management and is not restricted to any sector or branch. IPMA is a member Association and country chapters take care for the organization of the communication and certification. Because of this, globally there are many different organizations that take the exams.
IPMA has four levels for training and certification that comply with the relevant ISO standards 9001:2000, ISO 10006 and ISO/IEC 17024:2003.
The level four can be used as a requirement in the selection and/or professional development of project management personnel.
IPMA and PRINCE2 are related by recognizing each other’s levels: persons who are certified at the PRINCE2 Practitioners level are able to follow the study with IPMA level 3.
The central Organization is based in Switzerland, with 40 local chapters
See: www.ipma.ch or your local Chapter website.
All Project Management Standards are for persons who want to be trained on different levels. On the Foundation level, like PRINCE2 Foundation, there is only a basic knowledge level, for all persons who are working in Projects. The Practitioner level is more detailed and for persons who have specific roles in Projects. At the Expert levels certified persons can act as Project Managers, able to be responsible for Projects.
The next column will deal with trainings provided by ISACA and OpenGroup