Who Should Become LPM Certified?
Lawyers, para-legal professionals, legal project managers, law firm practice managers, and consultants working with law firms are candidates for legal project management.
Professional project managers are also recommended to become LPM trained when considering moving into the law profession as legal project managers. As formal project management is still new to many law firms, the need for high PM competency is leading to professional PMs from other industries being employed to lead and provide support to legal matters, with a focus of the legal practitioners on the actual legal work, with the ‘process’ is being managed. This is leading to higher stakeholder engagement, and communications that adds value to the client experience.
How was the Institute formed?
Interestingly, the Institute was created during the research project into the worldwide use of legal project management in 9 different countries, led initially by a collaboration of LPM experts in 4 countries who acted as the Steering Committee.
The outcome of the project was the Legal Project Management Competency Framework (LPMCF) where the Institute became a co-author.
With the evident need to standardise terminology and education across the world, the IILPM was formed to become the certifying body and to approve what is referred to as Accredited Training Providers whose quality training met the Standard.
Who Conducts the Training ?
IILPM approved Accreditation Training Providers (ATPs) represent LPM experts who deliver their own training programs that have been accredited as having met the educational standards for the LPA and LPP certification.
In fact, all the trainers themselves are approved.
The Institute only offers online training, but provides no direct face-to-face training.
Is the LPA Certification a Prerequisite for the LPP Certification?
The LPA certification is not a prerequisite for the LPP Certification. They are designed for different roles.
The LPA certification is for those people supporting legal matters or working as a member within the legal matter team.
The LPP is for those people at a practitioner level who are competent to lead a legal matter.
How Are the Training Courses for LPA and LPP different?
Accredited Training Providers design their own courses that must be aligned to the Legal Project Management Competency Framework, and meet the education standards for each certification level.
The first 2 days of the training is usually the same course content independent of whether you are aspiring for LPA or LPP certification. It represents key legal project management principles and practices.
Beyond the 2 days, the training is focused on developing leadership skills and advanced legal project management competencies aligned to the role of legal project practitioner.
When Can I Apply for LPM Certification?
When you complete an approved Accredited Training Providers course, and meet any experience required for the LPP certification, you are automatically eligible to apply for certification.
The application is normally submitted to the Accredited Training Provider whom delivered your training, or otherwise can be directed to the Institute.
Online training participants apply direct to the Institute.
What does the Certification Cost?
The LPA certification application costs US$147, and the LPP certification application costs US$177.
Once the Assessor has felt the applicant meets the requirement, the Institute will issue a congratulatory letter confirming the candidate has met the requirements, instructions on how to use the certification logos and post-nominals, and the certification certificate with the IILPM official seal.
Do the Certifications Expire?
The LPA certification does not expire.
The LPP certification is a practitioner certification, and therefore lasts for 5 years. On the anniversary of the 5 years, the Legal Project Practitioner would need to demonstrate they have continued to work as a practitioner.
What If I Have Been Trained By Another Organisation?
To gain internationally-recognised certification, it is important that the applicant has been trained in accordance with the Legal Project Management Competency Framework standard.
Only the Accredited Training Providers and their courses have been approved to have met the standard. This means that your trainer should be using the ATP logo.
If an applicant feels that they have had received high quality legal project management training elsewhere, they can apply directly via email to the Institute under the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) provisions.
The Institute will then provide the instructions for applying under the RPL Policy.
What If I am Highly Experienced Practitioner Already?
To gain internationally-recognised certification, it is important that the applicant has the knowledge that covers the Legal Project Management Competency Framework standard.
If a person is already highly experienced, they may only be required to do minimum training to ensure they have covered the breadth of the standard.
This is assessed on a case by case basis and is managed through the Institute under the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) provisions.
What is the difference between LPM Certifications and Qualifications?
Qualifications require workplace evidence.
At the Certificate IV level you only need evidence that you have worked in a legal matter project team, whereas at the Diploma level, you are required to have been the legal project practitioner who is leads legal matters.
How Does the LPM Certification Align to Qualifications?
Qualifications require workplace evidence.
The Certificate IV in Project Management Practice requires a minimum of three days approved training, and therefore a LPP graduate has met the educational needs. They can apply directly for the assessment that requires workplace evidence of working in legal matter teams.
The Diploma of Project Management requires a minimum of five days approved training, and represents a globally-skilled project manager (legal project practitioner).
Why are Qualifications Important?
Qualifications declare that the trained associate or practitioner has met a broader level of project management standard to be recognised as having PM competencies that could be applied to any industry.