Localization Project Management Certification

Localization Project Management Certification

The Localization Project Management (LPM) Certification Program has been updated in the summer of 2019 and is a combination of 22 self-paced, online learning modules combined with 10 interviews with industry leaders, 24 quizzes, 2 practice tests, and a 2 hour certification exam. All modules can be viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone by accessing Litmos through the device’s browser.

There will be additional training in the form of either a 2-day workshop (Classical version) or 3 online assignments and a review webinar (Online version). Please see the chart below that compares both versions of the program. There is a button below for each option that will take you to additional information and registration information. All sessions are taught in English.

A complete curriculum list is available here.

As a R.E.P. (Registered Education Provider), The Localization Institute has been approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to issue 18 professional development units (PDUs) for this course. You can use the hours spent on the Localization Project Management Online Training program as PDUs if you are a certified PMP®, or use the hours as credits if you applying to be a PMP®.


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Over 300 students have taken this course including companies such as Amazon, Blizzard, Citrix, Cook Medical, Google, IBM, Intel, Medtronic, Microsoft, NetApp, Netflix, Nintendo, Nokia, PayPal, SAP, Sony Computer Entertainment, and many more.

The methodology used in this certification program is based on the internationally recognized project management standard “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide)”, Sixth Edition by the Project Management Institute, with adaptations for the localization industry. In addition, there are modules on internationalization, localization and globalization concepts, global communication and managing virtual teams, localization maturity, the Project Management Institute, machine translation including neural MT, the localization supply chain, localization in an Agile environment, and community translation. The latest program updates were completed in the fall of 2018.

A complete curriculum list is available here.


Localization Management Master Class

The way localization is integrated into a company is critical to the company’s long term success because most enterprises will generate a large share of their revenue from global markets. A pivotal factor in achieving global success, localization often sneaks in through the back door and never gets the respect it deserves. It ends up being seen as a mere operational unit, a cost center if you will, and is not given the chance to contribute as the strategic asset it really is.

From setting up localization from scratch to repositioning it from a cost center to strategic partner is a complex journey, a journey Karen Combe knows well. For 15 of the 20 years she worked in Localization at PTC, Karen had the opportunity to affect company policy and strategy as a Vice President.

The Localization Institute is pleased to offer an instructor-led online Masterclass on Localization Management with Karen Combe.  In four one-hour sessions, Karen will share best practices in Localization Management on the buyer’s side.