Certifications

CERTIFICATION PROCESS

All PMI certifications require you to meet domain experience levels, educational levels or both before you apply. You will need to provide us with the details of this experience and/or education, so it’s best to gather and prepare this information before you open the application.

To find out the eligibility requirements, consult the handbook for the certification that interests you. Each one has unique eligibility criteria.

Once you’ve determined you meet the eligibility criteria, it’s time to apply. Collect the following information and then use our online certification system to guide you through the process.

  • Contact information — email, address, phone number
  • Education attained — school attended, level of education attained, degree date
  • Domain experience — details of the projects, programs, portfolios you’ve worked on including qualifying hours, dates of employment, role, organization details, reference, and experience summary
  • Domain education — names of courses completed, institutions attended, dates, qualifying hours

Once you open an application, it will remain active for 90 days after which time it will close.

Tip: To complete the application quickly, gather all of the information and documentation you need before opening it. Otherwise, it will likely take you multiple sessions to complete.

Once we receive your application, we’ll verify that you meet the eligibility criteria and that your experience and/or education is valid and consistent with the guidelines stated in the certification handbook.

Typically the application review period will take 5–10 days, depending on the certification. Once it’s complete, we’ll email you to move on to the next step.

If we have any questions or issues with your application, we’ll email you further instructions and direction.

For each certification, a specified percentage of applications are randomly selected for audit. PMI conducts application audits to confirm the experience and/or education documented on certification applications. The purpose of the audit is to enhance the credibility of the certification program and of the certification holders.

Read Frequently Asked Questions about the application audit process.

Program Management Professional (PgMP)® and Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)® applications include an additional step of panel review. Once we have completed the initial review, a panel of PMI certification holders will evaluate your experience summaries to confirm your qualification.

After we notify you that your application is approved, it’s time to provide payment so you can move to the final stage. The fastest and easiest way to pay is through our online certification system.

Once payment is received, we’ll email you an eligibility number that you’ll use to schedule your test appointment. You are eligible for one year, and you may take the exam up to three times during that year.

Once you are eligible, PMI will e-mail you exam scheduling instructions with your eligibility code, which you will need when scheduling your exam appointment. You can schedule your exam appointment online or by telephone. Full details can be found in the certification handbook and within the examination scheduling instructions. Then all that’s left is to test. 

Want to create an exam study plan?

Tips:

  • Review the certification handbook and the exam content outline — they’ll explain the exam format and topics that will be covered.
  • Read current books and articles in your domain topic areas.
  • Study! Consider enrolling in an exam prep course and forming a study group with your colleagues or friends.

CERTIFICATION TYPES

Find the certification that fits you best.

View the various descriptions to decide which certification best meets your experience and needs. No certification is a pre-requisite for another.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL (PMP)

The PMP is the gold standard of project management certification. Recognized and demanded by organizations worldwide, the PMP validates your competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams.

PREREQUISITES

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

OR

  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL (PgMP)

Designed for those who manage multiple, complex projects to achieve strategic and organizational results.

PREREQUISITES

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 6,000 hours of project management experience
  • 10,500 hours of program management experience

OR

  • Four-year degree
  • 6,000 hours of project management experience
  • 6,000 hours of program management experience

PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL (PfMP)

Our portfolio management certification recognizes the advanced experience and skill of portfolio managers. The PfMP demonstrates your proven ability in the coordinated management of one or more portfolios to achieve organizational objectives.

PREREQUISITES

  •  All applicants must possess a minimum of eight years of professional business experience AND
  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 10,500 hours of portfolio management experience

OR

  • Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 6,000 hours of portfolio management experience

CERTIFIED ASSOCIATE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT (CAPM)

The CAPM demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.

PREREQUISITES

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 1,500 hours of project experience

OR

  • 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam. Our Project Management Basics online course fulfills this educational prerequisite.
 
SUB-TOTAL                      P 2, 150.00
 

PMI PROFESSIONAL IN BUSINESS ANALYSIS (PMI-PBA)

The PMI-PBA highlights your expertise in business analysis. It spotlights your ability to work effectively with stakeholders to define their business requirements, shape the output of projects and drive successful business outcomes.

PREREQUISITES

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree
  • 7,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent
  • 4,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis
 

PMI AGILE CERTIFIED PRACTITIONER (PMI-ACP)

Created for those who believe in and apply agile principles and practices on projects. It requires a combination of training, experience and an exam. It also bridges agile approaches such as SCRUM, XP, LEAN and Kanban.

PREREQUISITES

  • 2,000 hours of general project experience working on teams. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.
  • 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies. This requirement is in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.
  • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices.

PMI RISK MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL (PMI-RMP)

The PMI-RMP certification recognizes demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the specialized area of assessing and identifying project risks along with plans to mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities.

PREREQUISITES

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent)
  • 4,500 hours of project risk management experience
  • 40 hours of project risk management education

OR

  • Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 3,000 hours of project risk management experience
  • 30 hours of project risk management education

PMI SCHEDULING PROFESSIONAL (PMI-SP)

The PMI-SP certification recognizes demonstrated knowledge and advanced experience in the specialized area of developing and maintaining project schedules.

PREREQUISITES

  • Secondary degree
  • 5,000 hours project scheduling experience
  • 40 hours project scheduling education

OR

  • Four-year degree
  • 3,500 hours project scheduling experience
  • 30 hours project scheduling education

CERTIFICATION REGISTRY

PMI maintains an up-to-date registry of individuals who have earned one of its certifications. To verify a certification holder’s status, simply enter an individual’s last name/surname in the search field and a list of matches will be displayed. Make sure you have the correct spelling and full name for the certification holder you wish to find.

The Certification Registry applies to individuals who obtain and maintain their PMI certifications. Inclusion in the registry is voluntary, so not all certification holders may be listed.

MAINTAIN YOUR CERTIFICATION

Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program

Earning your certification is a big step. Maintaining it shouldn’t have to be. Our Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program is designed so you can grow and develop the skills that organizations are seeking — all the while maintaining your certification status.

What are PDUs?

Professional Development Units (PDUs) are one-hour blocks of time that you spend learning, teaching others, or volunteering. By accumulating and tracking these over a three-year period you can maintain your certification status with PMI. View how you can earn PDUs and how to align them to the PMI Talent Triangle®.

PDU Requirements

Our certifications require you to earn a certain number of PDUs over a 3-year cycle. For example, if you hold a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification, to maintain it, you’ll need to earn 60 PDUs; while others, like the Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)® require 30. View the breakdown and requirements by certification.

Renew Your Certification

If you’ve already begun to earn PDUs and want to get the renewal process started, learn about the Continuing Certification Requirements System — an easy-to-use online tool for reporting your PDUs.

CERTIFICATION APPLICATION

PMI maintains an up-to-date registry of individuals who have earned one of its certifications. To verify a certification holder’s status, simply enter an individual’s last name/surname in the search field and a list of matches will be displayed. Make sure you have the correct spelling and full name for the certification holder you wish to find.

The Certification Registry applies to individuals who obtain and maintain their PMI certifications. Inclusion in the registry is voluntary, so not all certification holders may be listed.

 

All certification applications are available online. Click the “Apply” button on these web pages. Please note that any missing information on the application will delay processing.

CERTIFICATION FAQs

Frequently asked questions about PMI’s certifications, including the PMP Project Management Professional Certification, PDUs, and audits.Frequently asked questions about PMI’s certifications, including the PMP Project Management Professional Certification.

To obtain a PMI certification, you must first meet the eligibility requirements outlined on these web pages and detailed in the certification handbooks. Then, you must pass an exam.

No. No one certification serves as a prerequisite for another. You also do not have to be a PMI member to apply to become a certification holder.

The eligibility requirements for each certification are mentioned here, on these web pages, and detailed in each respective certification handbook. Please link to the appropriate certification handbook for complete guidelines.

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