IBM Complex Program Manager

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This badge holder is an experienced Program/Project Manager who has been nominated and endorsed by IBM leadership as having the requisite skills and experience to lead a complex project/program. A CPM takes the lead role in delivering a complex project/program and has a solid level of expertise in the capability. This badge is only available for IBM employees.

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IBM Complex Program Manager

What is needed to earn this credential or badge

Education Experience

Complete required education


Hold Senior or Executive Project Management Certification  OR  Hold Expert or Thought Leader capability in Managing the Client Experience or Consulting with Advisory Project Management Accreditation  OR  Has demonstrated comparable experience


Managed at least 3 program complexity categories as per the Global GBS Program Complexity Definition definition


Sponsorship from Geography / Market Delivery Leader

Professional Experience

Successfully lead at least 2 significant engagements: 1 in IBM, 1 Completed in last 3 years, TCV/Revenue Clip Levels if required by Growth Platform / Service Lines.


Endorsement from Geography Quality Leader and Geography Delivery Leader.

IBM Complex Program Manager

Alignment to standards

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IBM Complex Program Manager

Recommended next steps


Continue to build experience and skill levels for Senior Complex Program Manager accreditation. Mentor other senior Project Managers in the Complex PM pipeline


Gain enough expertise to become an Executive Project Manager or Senior Complex Program Manager