Integrated Policy Management Professional (IPMP) Certification

Set yourself up for success. Become a Policy Management expert and get the career advantage you’ve always wanted. Learn, get certified and drive results in your company.

Globally Recognized Policy Managment Certification

Get certified by the global nonprofit that invented GRC 20 years ago

What is the IPMP?

Gain a career advantage and drive results in your company too. Let real experts get you trained and certified fast. We're talking people who have been in the trenches for decades. Why wait to become a Policy Management expert?

Is IPMP right for me?

Think of the Integrated Policy Management Professional certification as your one source for best practices, defined management methods and useful tools for creating and implementing a Policy Management program within your organization. Stop guessing at how to build policy disciplines within your organizations. Follow a proven blueprint for success instead.

How do I get the IPMP Certification?

All of our certifications use a similar streamlined process. We pride ourselves on simplicity and accessibility. All of our exams are online and available at any time. No need to schedule! We include everything you need as part of your All Access Pass. To be clear, everything is included for no additional fees.

  1. 1. Get All Access Pass

    Our All Access Pass provides everything you need to prepare for this and all of our other certification exams. One fee for education, preparation, certification, and maintenance.

    Everything is included for no additional fees.

  2. 2. Prepare for IPMP

    Study the essential body of knowledge contained in the open-source Policy Management Capability Model. Attend Policy Management Fundamentals to learn how to apply it.

    We offer Policy Management Fundamentals via self-study or by attending an in-person course delivered by one of our authorized partners (a great choice if you want localized language and additional examples).

    Essential body of knowledge and self-study are included for no additional fees.

  3. 3. Apply for IPMP

    Our certifications are open and accessible to all professionals. We accept candidates from diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds.

    We do not require specific experience or educational degrees to apply.

    Just complete a simple form at the beginning of the exam to update your information and agree to the code of conduct.

    Application is included for no additional fees.

  4. 4. Earn the IPMP (Pass!)

    Access the online exam anywhere and anytime.

    The exam is limited to 2 hours (120 minutes) to answer 100 questions. Correctly answer 70 questions to pass. Exams are "open book," which means that you may use Google and other resources while taking an exam.

    You can retake an exam up to six times per year to pass it.

    All retakes are included for no additional fees.

  5. 5. Maintain the IPMP

    Fulfill all requirements to maintain this certification, including an active membership and completing the required continuing professional education every year.

    IPMP requires eight (8) continuing professional education (CPE) credits every year. Many continuing education experiences count toward both IPMP and your other GRC certifications.

    All CPEs are included for no additional fees.

  6. 6. BONUS! Add More Certifications

    Apply to gain additional certifications. We add new certifications regularly.

    All certifications are included for no additional fees.

FAQ about Preparing for IPMP

How long does it take to prepare for IPMP?

Preparation time varies based on your experience. People who pass the exam report anywhere from 2 hours to 40 hours of preparation before the exam.

This wide range is explained by the differences in background. If you are more experienced in policy management then less time may be required to prepare vs. someone new to policy management.

What is the best way to prepare for IPMP?

The essential body of knowledge for the IPMP is contained in the open-source Policy Management Capability Model and other concepts in the public domain. We recommend that you:

  • Carefully study the Policy Management Capability Model
  • Attend online self-study Integrated Policy Management Fundamentals course
How do I get IPMP Training?

We offer Integrated Policy Management Fundamentals via self-study

What does it cost to get IPMP training?

Our self-study preparation courses for IPMP is included in our All Access Pass membership for no additional fees. This means that Policy Management Fundamentals is part of your All Access Pass.

FAQ about the IPMP Exam

How do I schedule the IPMP Exam?

All of our exams are online and available at any time. No need to schedule!

How do I apply for the IPMP exam?

Applying is simple! If you are already an OCEG member, we have most of the information necessary. Just complete a simple form at the beginning of the exam to update your information and agree to the code of conduct.

As a reminder, our certifications are open and accessible to all professionals. We accept candidates from diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds. We do not require specific experience or educational degrees to apply.

How difficult is the IPMP Exam?

Most people who pass the exam report that they carefully studied the essential body of knowledge and completed the preparation course.

Those who fail tend to pass on a subsequent attempt if they study and complete a preparation course.

In other words ... STUDY and WATCH the videos or attend a class if you want to pass the exam.

What is on the IPMP Exam?

The IPMP certification demonstrates that you can apply the principles and practices of an effective data privacy capability. The exam covers awareness and application of concepts found in the Integrated Policy Management Capability Model.

20% General Knowledge

  • Understand key terms and definitions related to policy management
  • Understand key principles and drivers behind a policy management capability
  • Understand background information found in the introduction of the Integrated Policy Management Capability Model, including the data privacy lifecycle and the lawful bases of the processing
  • Understand the benefits of integrating a data privacy program throughout the business

80% IPM Capability Model Details

  • Understand the structure of the IPM Capability Model
  • Understand key management actions and controls
  • Understand design and implementation considerations
  • Overall 25% Learn – 20%, Align – 30%, Perform – 20%, Review – 5%

The IPMP topics and questions were determined by the authors, and a global expert review panel was assembled for the development of the Policy Management Capability Model. The members of the review committee include former regulators and governmental advisors from several countries with advanced data privacy regulations, academics, and practitioners. Their input and other research yielded a blueprint that serves as a competency model for the IPMP.

We update the Integrated Policy Management Capability model and IPM Professional Exam to reflect important and relevant changes in the global regulation and industry practices for policy management.

How was the IPMP Exam developed?

The IPMP topics and questions were determined by the authors, and a global expert review panel was assembled for the development of the Policy Management Capability Model. The members of the review committee include former regulators and governmental advisors from several countries with advanced data privacy regulations, academics, and practitioners. Their input and other research yielded a blueprint that serves as a competency model for the IPMP.

We update the Integrated Policy Management Capability model and IPMP Exam to reflect important and relevant changes in the global regulation and industry practices for policy management.

How many questions are on the IPMP Exam?

There are 100 questions on the exam. All questions are multiple-choice.

How do I pass the IPMP Exam?

You have 2 hours (120 minutes) to complete the exam. You must correctly answer 70 of the 100 questions.

Is the IPMP Exam "open book" like the real world?

Yes! The exam is open-book, meaning you may use Google and other resources while taking the exam.

We believe that the exam process should reflect modern reality and user experiences. In your job, you use Google and online resources daily. You should be able to use these resources when you learn and when you take the exam.

However, don't be fooled! The exam is challenging even with the help of these resources.

When do I find out if I passed the IPMP?

You get your result immediately after taking the exam. If you pass, your certificate is immediately available for sharing and printing from your Certification Dashboard.

What happens if I fail the IPMP?

You may retake the exam up to six (6) times per year. Almost everyone is able to accomplish this goal. We believe that certification should be part of the learning process and help reinforce understanding and not just be a point-in-time proof of memorized knowledge.

Consider being fully prepared each time that you attempt the exam. Our database of questions is extensive, so it is unlikely that you will see the same questions each time that you attempt the exam.

FAQ about Maintaining IPMP

How long is my certificate valid?
  1. When a certificate is awarded, it is awarded for a full year starting on the day you passed the exam.
  2. Your first full year has no CPE requirement (because you spent at least 8 hours preparing for and taking the exam).
  3. Starting your second year, you must earn at least eight (8) credits of continuing education related to the certification topic annually.
  4. When a certificate renews, it renews for a full year. Automatic renewal on the day of certificate expiration happens if both of these conditions are true: a) Member has an active AAP and b) CPE requirement has been met (if applicable).
  5. If the expiration date passes and you do not meet both conditions, you have a grace period of 90 days to fulfill the requirements (renewing your AAP and/or getting enough credits). After the grace period is over, your certification gets deleted from our records, and certificates are no longer available for display.
Do I need to recertify every year?

NO! You only need to pass the exam once every five (5) years. We use continuing education requirements to ensure that you stay current with new developments.

How do I maintain the IPMP?

All continuing education for OCEG certifications is automatically tracked and administered under a unified program on our website. Whenever you watch a video or attend an event on our website, it is automatically tracked and counted toward your IPMP (or other OCEG certifications as appropriate).

You can see all of your current CPE credits on your Certification Dashboard.

The unified program allows you to track one CPE credit to multiple certifications. So, for example, a course on “Risk Assessments” would count toward not only IPMP but also several other certifications that rely on Risk Assessment skills.

Maintaining ALL of your certifications is simple and straightforward. We use a unified CPE program for all of our certifications and automatically track progress on your Certification Dashboard.

This certification has two main requirements:

  1. Maintain an All Access Pass, and
  2. Complete 8 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) every year
How do I submit CPEs for the IPMP?

You don’t have to!

All continuing education for OCEG certifications is automatically tracked and administered under a unified program on our website.

Whenever you watch a video or attend an event, such as a webinar on our website, it is automatically tracked and counted toward your IPMP (or other OCEG certifications as appropriate).

You may also manually submit CPEs from other pre-approved continuing education experiences.

You can check your CPE progress at any time on your CPE Dashboard.

Do I get "double credit" for CPEs?

Yes! Many of our continuing education experiences count toward multiple OCEG certifications. The unified program also allows you to track one CPE credit to multiple certifications. This means that a single webinar or course can count toward one or more of your certifications.

One experience. Multiple credits.

So, for example, a course on “Risk Assessments” would count toward not only IPMP but also several other certifications that rely on Risk Assessment skills.