Certification program for software product managers

The goal of the ISPMA training for Certified Product Management is to promote general understanding of the discipline of product management for software products including the management of software parts of software-intensive products, i.e. systems or services.

  • The training...
  • is created for product managers for software intensive products within the business to business sphere
  • is created to provide attitudes, tools and knowledge for commercial and strategic product management
  • forms the knowledgebase for passing the Certification tests provided by the ISPMA. 
  • shall give the participants’ employer immediate value in work performed
  • opens the doors to an international network of certified product management professionals

The training “Excellence Level – Product Strategy (incl Strategic Management)” covers the full spectrum of elements of software product management that are well-supported by literature and industrial practice. The education is given as a four day course and additional self-studies.

The emphasis of the training is given to Product Strategy for software intensive products. The product strategy training shall give the participants tools and knowledge to develop realizable strategies. The strategic management training shall give the participants insights into corporate strategic processes. All presented from a product management perspective aiming to optimize profitability.

The program addresses the needs of people involved in software product management, including those that the product manager interfaces with, e.g. general management, marketing and sales, research and development, production, service and support, and controlling.

The program is the basis for examination to certify that the course participant has achieved the degree of knowledge described in this training. 


Training setup

The program will be divided into two 2-day sessions. We will have seminars, exercises, self-study and case practice during both sessions. You will get a homework assignment in between sessions. The assignment will be discussed on the second session. 

The course is held in English


The training is the basis for the examination for the “ISPMA Software Product Manager Excellence in Product Planning”. All chapters are relevant for the exam. The exam takes the following form:

· Demonstration of knowledge with a multiple-choice test

· Demonstration of know-how with a  homework assignment



BoBo Tiderman - a product strategist with a background in small startups and global organizations. In roles such as Director of marketing and CEO, Bo has been managing several successful product launches.

ErikErik Bjernulf - has a broad experience of product management, business development and R&D. In areas including software, electronics and hardware, Erik has been driving products to commercial success.

Utbildningen genomförs i samarbete med Tolpagorni.

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