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The ISO 21500 Manager certifications are professional certifications for specialists needing to implement and manage projects based on ISO 21500.

ISO 21500:2012 – Guidance on project management – provides high-level description of concepts and processes that are considered to form good practice in project management. Projects are placed in the context of programmes and project portfolios; however, ISO 21500:2012 does not provide detailed guidance on the management of programmes and project portfolios. Topics pertaining to general management are addressed only within the context of project management.

For certification purposes, the following management activities constitute valid experience:

– Internal implementation and/or management of projects
– External/consulting implementation and/or management of projects
– Partial implementation or management of projects

Target Audience:

  • Project managers
  • Operations managers
  • Program managers
  • Quality managers
  • Senior managers
  • Consultants
  • Members of a Project Management team
  • Project sponsors


If an applicant doesn’t have all requirements to apply for the credentials of ISO 21500 Lead Project Manager he/she may apply for the credentials of ISO 21500 Project Manager or ISO 21500 Provisional Project Manager.