German Society for Project Management

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GPM German Society for Project Management eV
legal form registered association
Seat Nuremberg
founding 20th July 1979

place Munich
president Helmut Klausing
Members 8,000
Branch Berlin

The GPM German Society for Project Management e. V. ( GPM ) is a non-profit professional association for project management with headquarters in Nuremberg and a representative office in Berlin .

The statutory task of GPM is to promote project management, in particular training and further education as well as research and information in this area. According to the company, around 8,000 members from business, universities and the public sector are represented in the company, which was founded in 1979. It acts as the German representative of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

Initial and continuing education

The association is a provider of courses and seminars in the field of project management. The speakers and trainers in the further education events of the GPM are practitioners from industry and consulting as well as representatives of scientific institutions. This should ensure a neutral and highly application-oriented communication of the respective subject area.

Seminars and workshops

The association offers seminars, workshops and conferences on project management. As a rule, these events are designed across industries.

GPM competency model

The five-stage career model of GPM includes further training offers for different levels of project management competence. The basis is the project management standard presented by the International Project Management Association (IPMA), the Individual Competence Baseline. The currently valid version 4.0 (ICB 4) was published in 2015 and has been used in Germany since February 2018.


Competence in project management is certified by GPM through its certification body PM-Zert in the following stages:

  • Basic certificate (for beginners)
  • IPMA Level D: Certified Project Management Associate
  • IPMA Level C: Certified Project Manager
  • IPMA Level B: Certified Senior Project Manager
  • IPMA Level A: Certified Project Director

Further certificates can be obtained in the following areas:

  • Additional certificate hybrid + (GPM)
  • PMC Project Management Consultant / PPMC Program and Portfolio Management Consultant
  • Certified project management trainer (GPM)


PM forum

The PM Forum takes place annually. There are numerous specialist lectures from theory and practice as well as workshops and an exhibition area.

PMO day

In 2011 the PMO day of the GPM took place for the first time. This annual event deals exclusively with the special topic of Project Management Offices .

Regional events

The around 35 GPM regions organize around 250 mostly free events every year.

Awards given by the GPM

The association annually awards the “German Project Excellence Award” to project teams and the “German Project Management Study Prize” to promote the next generation of university graduates. In 2007, the "Roland Gutsch Project Management Award" was presented for the first time. It is intended to honor people who have carried out a project of considerable importance and with a positive external impact in or for Germany. The namesake Roland Gutsch was a founding member of IPMA and GPM as well as chairman of both organizations for many years. The GPM Young Project Manager Award is given to young project managers who have not yet reached the age of 35 at the time of submission.

Young crew

The GPM Young Crew (YC) is a non-profit organization of young people up to 35 years of age who are interested in project management. The YC is supported as part of the German Society for Project Management e. V. and offers further training opportunities. This offer is published in the form of a roadmap analogous to the IPMA YC standard.


In addition to the German Young Crew, there are similar groups in other countries. More than 18 young crews are now represented in the IPMA . Each national young crew is led by a board and a chairman.


A Young Crew Workshop takes place every year as part of the IPMA World Congress. The venues are analogous to the IPMA congress:

  • 2005 New Delhi, India
  • 2006 Shanghai, V. R. China
  • 2007 Krakow, Poland
  • 2008 Rome, Italy
  • 2009 Helsinki, Finland
  • 2010 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2011 Brisbane, Australia
  • 2012 Crete, Greece
  • 2013 Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • 2014 Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2015 Panama City, Panama
  • 2016 Porto, Portugal
  • 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan
  • 2018 Helsinki, Finland

In addition, a national Young Crew Workshop takes place in Germany every year. The venues have been:

  • 2008 Bremen
  • 2009 Berlin
  • 2010 Hamburg
  • 2011 Aachen
  • 2012 casting
  • 2013 Bremen
  • 2014 Cologne
  • 2015 Dortmund
  • 2016 Kassel
  • 2017 Hanover
  • 2018 Munich


The association publishes a number of books on project management itself or in collaboration with cooperation partners . GPM has summarized the knowledge required for certification in the standard work Competence-based Project Management (PM3) - Manual for project work, qualification and certification based on the IPMA Competence Baseline Version 3.0 . The 7th edition was published in 2015. The follow-up work PM4 will appear in 2019

The magazine Projektmanagement aktuell , in addition to the homepage, the GPM newsletter and the GPM BLOG source for news about GPM and project management , is published by GPM through TÜV Media GmbH.


  • 1979–1991: Roland Gutsch
  • 1991–1998: Hasso Reschke
  • 1998–2002: Ulrich Wolff
  • 2002–2006: Roland Ottmann
  • 2006–2012: Andreas Frick
  • 2012–2015: Reinhard Wagner
  • since 2016: Helmut Klausing


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