The Project Management Institute (PMI)

The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers a range of services to the Project Management profession such as the development of standards, research, education, publication, networking-opportunities in local chapters, hosting conferences and training seminars, and maintaining multiple credentials in project management.

These credentials are:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

PMI has recruited volunteers to create industry standards, such as "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge", which has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Certification

Launched in 1984, PMI's first certification was the PMP®, almost half a million people now hold the PMP® Certification.
In 2007, it earned the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accreditation from the "International Organization for Standardization" (ISO). Credential holders do not have to be members of PMI.

To initially obtain a PMI credential, individuals must pass an examination consisting of multiple choice questions. To maintain most PMI credentials, holders must earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) which can be earned in a variety of ways such as taking classes, attending PMI global congresses, contributing to professional research or writing and publishing papers on the subject. Most credentials must be renewed every three years.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition

 


The PMBOK®Guide–Fifth Edition continues the tradition of excellence in project management with a standard that is even easier to understand and implement, with improved consistency and greater clarification.

Quick Reference Guide to PMI Certifications

The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers five different professional certifications related to the discipline of project management. If you're having trouble figuring out which one might be for you, the table below should provide some clarification.

 

Certified Associate in Project Management

Project Management Professional

Program Management Professional

PMI Risk Management Professional

PMI Scheduling Professional

Designation

CAPM®

PMP®

PgMP®

PMI-RMP®

PMI-SP®

Target Audience

Project Team Members

Project Managers who Lead and Direct Project Teams

Project Managers who Lead and Direct Multiple Projects on an Organization-Wide Basis

Project Managers or Team Members who Assess and Identify Risks, Minimize Threats, and Maximize Opportunities

Project Managers or Team Members who Develop and Maintain the Project Schedule

Application Requirements

Secondary diploma (high school diploma/global equivalent)
AND
1,500 hours experience
OR
23 hours pm education

Secondary diploma (high school diploma/global equivalent)
5 years project management experience with at least
7,500 hours spent leading and directing project tasks and
35 hours project management education
OR
Four-year degree (bachelor's degree/global equivalent)
3 years project management experience with
4,500 hours spent leading and directing project tasks and
35 hours project management education

Secondary diploma (high school diploma/global equivalent)
4 years project management experience
7 years program management experience
OR
Four-year degree (bachelor's degree/global equivalent)
4 years project management experience
4 years program management experience

Secondary diploma (high school diploma/global equivalent)
4,500 hours project scheduling experience
40 hours project scheduling education
OR
Four-year degree (bachelor's degree/global equivalent)
3,000 hours project scheduling experience
30 hours project scheduling education

Secondary diploma (high school diploma/global equivalent)
5,000 hours project scheduling experience
40 hours project scheduling education
OR
Four-year degree (bachelor's degree/global equivalent)
3,500 hours project scheduling experience
30 hours project scheduling education

How Do I Earn This Certification?

Application process + multiple-choice exam

Application process + multiple-choice exam

3 evaluations - application panel review + multiple-choice exam + multi-rater assessment

Application process + multiple-choice exam

Application process + multiple-choice exam

Exam Overview

3 hours; 150 questions

4 hours; 200 questions

4 hours; 170 questions

3.5 hours; 170 questions

3.5 hours; 170 questions

PMI Exam Fees

US $225 PMI member
(US $300 nonmember)

US $405 PMI member
(US $555 nonmember)

US $1,500 PMI member
(US $1,800 nonmember)

US $520 PMI member
(US $670 nonmember)

US $520 PMI member
(US $670 nonmember)

Maintenance Requirements

5 years; re-exam

3 years; 60 PDUs

3 years; 60 PDUs

3 years; 30 PDUs in risk management

3 years; 30 PDUs in project scheduling