UNI 11648: 2016, UNI 11506: 2017 Project Manager

With the advent of Industry 4.0, the advanced specialization of the tertiary sector and the recent modifications to the Public Administration procurement code, the project organization is establishing itself as an efficient solution to achieve the objectives keeping costs and times under control. All the sectors need professional figures who, in addition to specific technical skills, also have transversal skills and knowledge, to guarantee to all the parties involved the management skills for the individual projects.

The project and the project management.

The international standard ISO 21500 “Guide to project management” defines the project as a single set of processes, composed of activities coordinated with start and end dates, realized to achieve the objectives of the process itself. Here, for the management of projects, it becomes essential to coordinate the various activities with initiatives and indicators designed to supervise and monitor the required skills, the team, and the budget and times and risks.

The UNI 11648: 2016, 11506: 2017 Project Manager

The project manager, a long-time figure codified in the Anglo-Saxon world, arouses increasing attention in Italy. The UNI 11648 standard identifies the skills and abilities that must be possessed by the project manager, in addition to a broad knowledge of the specific sector. These are transversal skills ranging from the ability to select human resources for the composition of the team to the analysis of deviations, from the risk manager to reporting to customers and stakeholders.

The certification of the Project Manager can be requested by private and public administrations for the assignment of project management and is in any case a valuable introduction for freelancers or managers who operate in contexts characterized by organization by objectives.

The requirements

The UNI 11648 standard, following the principle of verifying the candidate’s real skills regardless of the training path, does not impose a compulsory education or a degree of access. However, it should be highlighted that you have worked in projects or as a project manager for a period of 2-3 years.

However, it is recommended a training course, structured or as an individual study, for Project Managers who, even if they have the necessary skills, are not familiar with the specific terminologies.


With the definitive publication of the UNI 11648 Standard, the Certification of skills for the professional figure of the Project Manager, issued by Certification Bodies recognized by Accredia, which certify the possession of the skills required in accordance with the UNI Standards of reference, assumes great importance.


According to Italian law, in fact, only the “third party” Certifications, that is issued by accredited Bodies and which certify compliance with the requirements defined in the UNI Standards of reference, are effective. Those who obtain this Certification are entered in the specific Accredia Register and, based on the European mutual recognition agreements, can request the inclusion in similar Registers of other EU countries.


At the moment the Certification of the Project Manager in compliance with the UNI 11648: 2016 Standard is issued by AICQ-SICEV and CEPAS, which are Certification Bodies (CBs) recognized by Accredia.


Based on the UNI 11506: Accredia accredits 2013 standard, concerning professional profiles in the ICT field, the ICT Project Manager Certification issued by CEPAS and AICA.


UNI 11506: 2017:

The requirements

The UNI 11506 in the ICT field, the ICT Project Manager Certification following are:

  1. 1 Training
  2. 2 Specific work experience
  3. 3 Special situations

Exam Format

The exam includes the following tests:

  • a first test, for the verification of knowledge, with 100 closed-ended questions with four possible

Answers of which only one is correct; duration 2 hours

  • a second test, for the assessment of skills, with 1 complex case study relating to situations of

ICT project; duration 1 hour

  • oral exam and discussion of the submitted project

At the end of the tests, the candidate is informed of the outcome of the exam and any areas for improvement.

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