GPM® Announces a Foundational Sustainability in Project Management Knowledge-Based Certification.

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Joel Carboni
Joel Carboni IPMA-B® GPM® MPM® is the President of GPM Global, a project management professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of the practical application of sustainable project management practices to decouple socio-environmental degradation and economic growth. GPM Global accredits professional training organizations and project management practitioners and is largely considered the solutions leader with their project delivery method PRiSM™. GPM training is currently being offered in over 128 Countries through accredited training organizations and Universities and have won an IPMA Achievement award and a Global Leadership and Development Award from the HRD World Congress for their work in Sustainability.

The Certified Green Project Manager-b (GPM-b) is being launched in 2013 as a foundational knowledge-based credential.

Similar to the advanced level credential, the GPM®, which is a competency based credential for project managers who specialize in sustainability, the GPM-b will embody the commitment to act as an agent of change to manage and direct efforts to maximize sustainability within the project life cycle, improving the construct and delivery of goods and services produced as a project deliverable, and thoroughly considering and accounting for environmental, social, and economical impacts in the project management roles assigned using measurable standards. The Green Project Manager-B (GPM-b) certification is the first project management credential for individuals demonstrating knowledge in delivering projects using sustainable methods.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for the GPM-b you must have experience managing projects and the sufficient knowledge to realize sustainable outcomes.  We will not require a specific length of time, however in order to qualify the candidate must have the knowledge and competency to achieve aGPM-Level-B passing score on the GPM-b examination, the first of its kind to leverage the new Project Management ISO 21500.

The Certification Exam

To earn the Green Project Manager-B (GPM-b) credential, candidates must and pass the 150 multiple choice question examination, developed by GPM Executive Consortium members Joel Carboni, Michael Ruiz , Gilbert Silvius, Ron Schipper, and Monica Gonzalez, a committee member for the PC/ISO 236 Project Committee and the ISO/TC 258 Technical Committee: Project, Program, Portfolio Management.

Candidates will have to achieve a minimum score of 75% to pass the exam which is broken down into two primary sections as listed below.

1. Project Management
1.1.  Project Management Standards based on ISO 21500
1.2.  Project Management Competencies
1.3.  Project management Knowledge Areas
1.4.  Key Terms and Concepts
2. Sustainability Integration
2.1. Why Sustainability
2.2. PRiSM™
2.2.1. P5™
2.2.2. Sustainability Management Planning
2.2.3. Phases, inputs and outputs
2.3. Sustainability ISOs
2.3.1. The Energy Management Standards ISO 50001
2.3.2. The Environmental Management Standards ISO 14001
2.3.3. The Guidance on Social Responsibility ISO 26000

The GPM-b Exam will be available online and through accredited training partners beginning February 1st 2013 and will compliment the Practitioner Course. As the governing board for the credential GPM adheres to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ISO/IEC 17024:2003 standards for our certification process and is a member of the American National Standards Institute.

For more information email the certification board at

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