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International Academy of Project Management upgrades its project management credentials

March 25, 2013

Senior International Project Management (SIPM) designation highlights the experience and expertise of senior project management professionals primarily practicing internationally and operating within multidimensional project teams

HK- The International Academy of Business and Financial Management and its sister institute the IAPM - International Academy of Project Management, the internationally recognized certifying body for project managers and practitioners, announced today the upgrade of its advanced credential Certified International Project Manager to include managerial aspects such as team member selection, managing project teams as well as more comprehensive cover of project finance, all of which was previously covered by the Master International Project Manager course. As a result of this, MIPM is being fused into the CIPM to create the new upgraded designation of the Senior International Project Manager; a designation that will replace not only the CIPM, but also the MIPM certification and all existing members will be upgraded to the new designation as of 1st of March 2013.

"We are very excited with the new upgrade of this benchmark certification, something that has been initiated and requested by many certified project management practitioners all around the world," said Mr Ditar Isai, the Chairman of Leoron Group, one of the largest training partners of the IABFM. "The new credential offers project management professionals with a more comprehensive coverage of the field, by including people management into the core of the Project Management practice"

The new SIPM certification and its Body of Knowledge will focus on internationally relevant project management practices. Managing international projects, from initiation to closing, cost and risk management, will remain the core competence of the program.

In light with the new developments, the IABFM is pleased to announce the formation of the Association of Senior International Project Managers - ASIPM under its umbrella. The new society within the group will consist of all SIPM holders, including thousands of existing CIPM and MIPM certified professionals who will be joining in with the new designation. The association is also open for membership to all PMI, IPMA and PRINCE 2 designated professionals world wide, as well as holders of graduate degrees in Project Management.

The IAPM/IABFM plans to offer a transitional period to the new designation by June 2013. The Academy will continue its comprehensive offering of short courses in the field of Project Management through its international educational partners.

About the IABFM

The International Academy of Business and Financial Management is a not-for profit association of business and finance professionals. It is also one of the world's fastest growing professional associations with more than 200,000 members, associates and affiliates in 145 countries. The IABFM hosts and organizes certification training worldwide and offers exclusive board designations to candidates who meet the highest professional standards and assessment criteria. The IABFM is a certifying Body of a number of professional designations in Finance, Accounting, Risk Management, HR, Asset Management as well as Procurement and Project Management.

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