Certifications offered by the PMI

The Project Management Institute offers a number of certification programs for project managers having varied levels of experience. These programs nurture and support the development of a career in the field of professional project management. The credentials and professional development offered by the PMI can enable a business professional to begin, build, or advance his career in project management, program management, and risk management etc.

A credential from the PMI helps establish your commitment and professionalism in managing projects. In order to get a PMI credential, one must meet the educational and professional experience requirements as established by the PMI. If you want to get a better understanding of the various PMI credentials and the requirements needed to get certified, here’s a brief overview:

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

The CAPM credential is aimed at the people who play a role in a project team but who are not leading or spearheading it. The CAPM credential acknowledges a person’s capability to demonstrate their skills by:

  • Having a basic understanding of the PMBOK Guide and its underlined principles.
  • Understanding the standard project management techniques and terminology as established In the PMBOK.
  • Displaying a good knowledge of the fundamental project management practices.
  • Being accountable for individual project tasks related to their domain of expertise (for example: finance, procurement, marketing, sales, customer service, legal, market research, etc.).
  • Contributing as a subject matter expert (SME) to the team.

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:

A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent).
AND
At least 1,500 hours experience.

OR

23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

The PMP credential is for people who are ultimately responsible for a project and are in-charge of leading and directing the project team. PMPs are:

  • Responsible for every aspect of a project throughout its lifespan.
  • Able to lead and direct cross-functional teams in delivering project results.
  • Capable of displaying adequate knowledge and skill in developing a project management strategy within the constraints of time, money, and resources.
  • Expected to manage risk, handle communications, satisfy the expectations of stakeholders, and performing their duty in an effective and professional way.

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

OR

A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

Program Management Professional (PgMP)

The Program Management Professional credential offered by the PMI recognizes the ability of a professional to apply his experience and skill towards the coordinated management of multiple, related projects and their resources
in order to achieve strategic business goals and ensure the success of the overall program. Here’s a look at some of the capabilities of a PgMP:

  • Responsible for attaining business objectives by supervising a program consisting of multiple projects.
  • Defines and initiates projects and designates project managers to manage the constraints of cost, time and resources.
  • Keeps the scope of the program in alignment with the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Thoroughly keeps track of and responds to the requirements of project managers in their program.

To apply for the PgMP, you need to have either:

A four year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent), with at least four years of project management experience and four years of program management experience.

OR

A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent), with at least four years of project management experience and seven years of program management experience.

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)

PMI’s Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® credential recognizes the unique expertise and competency of professionals in identifying and assessing project risks, minimizing threats and capitalizing on opportunities, while still possessing a baseline knowledge and practical approach in all areas of project management. It fills the need for a specialist role in project risk management.
An RMP is:

  • Responsible for identifying project risks, assigning owners and reviewing mitigation plans.
  • A contributing member of the project team and directly supports the project manager.
  • Able to document a minimum of three years of project risk management experience.

To apply for the PMI-RMP, you need to have either:

A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent), with at least 3,000 hours of project risk management experience and 30 hours of project risk management education.

OR

A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least 4,500 hours of project risk management experience and 40 hours of project risk management education.

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

PMI’s Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® credential was developed as a response to the ever increasing growth, complexity and diversity in the field of project management. It recognizes the need for a specialist role in project scheduling i.e. the specialized skills needed for developing and maintaining the project schedule. Scheduling Professionals are:

  • Responsible for creating and maintaining the project schedule.
  • In direct support of the project manager and project team as a contributing member in managing the overall schedule.
  • Able to document a minimum of three years of project scheduling experience.

To apply for the PMI-SP, you need to have either:

A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent), with at least 3,500 hours of project scheduling experience and 30 hours of project scheduling education.

OR

A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least 5,000 hours of project scheduling experience and 40 hours of project scheduling education.

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

PMI launched a new certification program in the second quarter of 2011. The PMI-ACP credential is aimed towards individuals who have experience working on agile project teams. It recognizes an individuals knowledge of agile project management practices. An ACP certification:

  • Demonstrates an individual’s level of professionalism in agile practices of project management.
  • Increases an individual’s professional versatility in both Waterfall and agile techniques.
  • Is more credible than existing entry-level, training or exam-only based offerings.

To apply for the PMI-ACP, you need to meet the following requirements:

2,000 hours of general project management experience working on project teams. These hours must be earned within the last 5 years.

Note: for those holding a PMP® credential, PMI has already verified that the candidate has exceeded these requirements. Thus, a PMP will be accepted to fulfill these requirements.

1,500 hours working on agile project teams. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in general project management experience. These hours must be earned within the last 2 years.

21 hours of agile project management training; hours must be earned in agile project management topics.

Pass an examination which tests knowledge of agile fundamentals.