PM Designations

For additional information on PM designations, visit PMI online.

Program Management Professional (PgMP®)

PMI's Program Management Professional (PgMP) credential that recognizes demonstrated experience, skill, and performance in the oversight or multiple, related projects that are aligned with an organizational objective and strategic goal.

To be eligible for the PgMP credential, you must meet specific guidelines that objectively measure experience, education and professional knowledge, and undergo a rigorous Application Review, a Multiple-Choice Examination and a Multi-rater Assessment. You also must agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The CAPM or PMP credential is not prerequisites for the PgMP credential.

Who should apply?

Those who manage programs that contain complex activities that span functions, organizations, geographic regions and cultures; build credibility, establish rapport and maintain communication with stakeholders; possess advanced skills in finance, cross-cultural awareness, leadership, influence,
communication, negotiation and conflict resolution.

Steps to Obtaining a PMP Credentiall

Unlike other PMI credentials, you must pass a sequence of three evaluations to obtain the PgMP credential.

  • Evaluation 1 – Application Review: a panel of program managers will perform a review of your professional project and program management experience
  • Evaluation 2 – Multiple-Choice Examination: a multiple-choice examination in which you demonstrate your abilities to apply your knowledge to both situational and scenario-based questions
  • Evaluation 3 – Multi-rater Assessment (MRA): a team or raters that you select will assess your abilities to perform tasks that are pertinent to program management
  • Individuals who attain a credential from PMI will be added to PMI's Online Credential Registry and may immediately use the credential designation after their name.

Eligibility

  • With a Bachelor’s Degree (or a global equivalent): Over the last 15 consecutive years, applicants must have at least four years (6,000 hrs) of project management experience and four years (6,000 hrs) of program management experience.  
  • Without a Bachelor’s Degree (or a global equivalent): Over the last 15 consecutive years, applicants must have at least four years (6,000 hrs) of project management experience and seven years (10,500 hrs) of program management experience.
  • Individuals who attain a credential from PMI will be added to PMI’s Online Credential Registry and may immediately use the credential designation after their name.
  • The PgMP Examination

The multiple-choice examination — developed by program managers from around the world —includes mostly scenario-based questions that test your understanding of the knowledge, skills and techniques used in program management. The examination is made up of 170 multiple-choice questions and will take approximately four hours to complete. It will be administered via computer-based testing globally. In areas of the world where computer-based testing does not exist, paper-based testing will be made available. 

Examination preparation tips:

  • Review the PgMP credential handbook and the PgMP Examination Specification.
  • Study the PMBOK Guide – FifEdition and The Standard for Program Management.
  • Enroll in formal study courses.

Project Management Professional (PMP®)

Individuals who hold PMI’s PMP credential demonstrate a proficient level of project management leadership skills, and as a result are able to command salaries that exceed those of their non-credentialed counterparts. 

To be eligible for a PMP credential, you must meet specific guidelines that objectively measure experience, education and professional knowledge. You also must agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and pass a rigorous multiple-choice examination that assesses your abilities in project management. 

Steps to Obtaining a PMP Credential

  1. Complete an online application or download an application and submit via mail (faxes not accepted).
  2. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an e-mail explaining how to schedule the examination.
  3. Individuals who attain a credential from PMI will be added to PMI's Online Credential Registry and may immediately use the credential designation after their name.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have 35 hours of specific project management education. 
  • With a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum three years’ professional project management experience, during which 4,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application. 
  • Without a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum five years’ professional project management experience, during which at least 7,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application.

The PMP Credential Examination

This four-hour examination composed of 200 multiple-choice questions measures your ability to apply knowledge, skills and techniques used in project management. The examination is developed by groups of individuals from around the globe who hold the PMP credential and is routinely reviewed and revised to ensure the best and consistently objective assessment. 

Examination preparation tips:

  • Review the PMP credential handbook, the PMP Examination Specification and the PMP Sample Questions document (not for commercial use). 
  • Study the PMBOK® Guide—Fifth Edition and other texts that discuss the management of communications, cost, human resources, integration, procurement, quality, risk, scope and time, as well as a project manager's social and professional responsibilities. 
  • Enroll in formal study courses.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®)

Designed specifically for project team members, the CAPM credential is aimed at improving overall project success by helping to ensure project management knowledge. To become a CAPM credential holder, you must meet specific guidelines designed to objectively measure experience, education and professional knowledge. You must pass an examination that assesses your knowledge of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and you must agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Steps to Obtaining a CAPM Credential

  • Complete an online application or download an application and submit via mail (faxes not accepted). 
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an e-mail explaining how to schedule the examination. 
  • Individuals who attain a credential from PMI will be added to PMI's Online Credential Registry and may immediately use the credential designation after their name.

Eligibility

  • Minimum of a high school diploma or the global equivalent 
  • 1,500 hours of work on a project team or 23 contact hours of project management education

The CAPM Credential Examination

Applicants must pass a three-hour, 150-question, knowledge-based examination that uses the PMBOK® Guide as its only source. The questions are developed by individuals from around the globe who hold the CAPM credential and are monitored to ensure that the examination continues to be a reliable and valid assessment of project management terms and practices. 

Examination preparation tips: 

In addition to these examination preparation resources, PMI's Basic Knowledge Assessment will help you measure your knowledge of project management and identify areas to focus on in preparation for the exam.

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®)

Individuals who hold PMI’s PMI-SP credential demonstrate a proficient level in the specialized area of developing and maintaining the project schedule. This credential acknowledges individuals who strengthen and support project management by offering knowledge specific to project scheduling.

To be eligible for a PMI-SP credential, you must meet specific guidelines that objectively measure experience, education and professional knowledge. You also must agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and pass a rigorous multiple-choice examination that assesses your abilities in project management.

Who should apply?
Project team members with advanced expertise in project scheduling management

Steps to Obtaining a PMI-SP Credential

  • Complete an online application or download an application and submit via mail (faxes not accepted).
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an e-mail explaining how to schedule the examination.
  • Individuals who attain a credential from PMI will be added to PMI's Online Credential Registry and may immediately use the credential designation after their name.

Eligibility

  • All project management experience being submitted for the PMI-SP must have been accrued within the last five consecutive years prior to your application submission.
  • With a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have at least 3,500 hours spent in the specialized area of professional project scheduling within the last five consecutive years. Applicants must also have 30 contact hours of formal education in the specialized area of project scheduling.
  • Without a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have at least 5,000 hours spent in the specialized area of professional project scheduling within the last five consecutive years. Applicants must also have 40 contact hours of formal education in the specialized area of project scheduling.

The PMI-SP Credential Examination

This three and one/half hour examination is composed of 170 multiple-choice questions composed of 150 scored questions and 20 Pretest (unscored) questions. The standard exam application is a Computer-based testing(CBT) model however, if requested, you can obtain a paper-based testing (PBT) under limited conditions. The PMI-SP examination questions are developed and validated by global work groups of project scheduling practitioners and are monitored through psychometric analysis.  

Examination preparation tips:

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®)

Individuals who hold PMI’s PMI-RMP credential provide expertise in the specialized area of assessing and identifying project risks along with preparing plans to mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities. This global credential acknowledges individuals who strengthen and support project management by offering knowledge specific to project risk management

To be eligible for a PMI-RMP credential, you must meet specific guidelines that objectively measure experience, education and professional knowledge. You also must agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and pass a rigorous multiple-choice examination that assesses your abilities in project management.

Who should apply?

Project team members with expertise in project risk management.

Steps to Obtaining a PMI-RMP Credential

  • Complete an online application or download an application and submit via mail (faxes not accepted).
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an e-mail explaining how to schedule the examination.
  • Individuals who attain a credential from PMI will be added to PMI's Online Credential Registry and may immediately use the credential designation after their name.

Eligibility

  • All project management experience being submitted for the PMI-RMP must have been accrued within the last five consecutive years prior to your application submission.
  • With a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have at least 3,000 hours spent in the specialized area of professional project risk management within the last five consecutive years. Applicants must also have 30 contact hours of formal education in the specialized area of project risk management.
  • Without a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have at least 4,500 hours spent in the specialized area of professional project risk management within the last five consecutive years. Applicants must also have 40 contact hours of formal education in the specialized area of project risk management.

The PMI-RMP Credential Examination

This three and one/half hour examination is composed of 170 multiple-choice questions composed of 150 scored questions and 20 Pretest (unscored) questions. The standard exam application is a Computer-based testing(CBT) model however, if requested, you can obtain a paper-based testing (PBT) under limited conditions. The PMI-RMP examination questions are developed and validated by global work groups of project risk management practitioners and are monitored through psychometric analysis.  

Examination preparation tips:

  • Review the PMI-RMP credential handbook
  • Study the PMBOK version 5
  • Study of other texts that discuss Risk Management – Risk Communications, Risk Analysis, Risk Response Planning and Risk Governance
  • Enroll in formal study courses.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Individuals who hold PMI’s PMP credential demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge and skills to lead and direct project teams and to deliver results within the constraints of schedule, budget and resources. 

To be eligible for a PMP credential, you must meet specific guidelines that objectively measure experience, education and professional knowledge. You also must agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and pass a rigorous multiple-choice examination that assesses your abilities in project management.

Who should apply?

Those who lead and direct cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope.

Steps to Obtaining a PMP Credential

  • Complete an online application or download an application and submit via mail (faxes not accepted).
  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an e-mail explaining how to schedule the examination.
  • Individuals who attain a credential from PMI will be added to PMI's Online Credential Registry and may immediately use the credential designation after their name.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must have 35 hours of specific project management education. 
  • With a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum three years’ professional project management experience, during which 4,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application. 
  • Without a Bachelor’s Degree (or the global equivalent): Applicants must have a minimum five years’ professional project management experience, during which at least 7,500 hours are spent leading and directing project tasks, up to eight years from the time of application.

The PMP Credential Examination

This four-hour examination composed of 200 multiple-choice questions measures your ability to apply knowledge, skills and techniques used in project management. The examination is developed by groups of individuals from around the globe who hold the PMP credential and is routinely reviewed and revised to ensure the best and consistently objective assessment. 

Examination preparation tips:

  • Review the PMP credential handbook, the PMP Examination Specification.
  • Study the PMBOK Guide – Fifth Edition and other texts that discuss the management of communications, cost, human resources, integration, procurement, quality, risk, scope and time, as well as a project manager's social and professional responsibilities. 
  • Enroll in formal study courses.
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