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Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification

PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is for project managers with at least 2 years of project experience. Only if a candidate proves their prior experience can an exam be taken.

Note: You must purchase the PMP® exam directly from the PMI.

Accreditation Accreditation: PMI
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: See course page
self-paced Format: Self-paced online course
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Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification

PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification is for people entering the project profession or working on projects. CAPM® does not require prior experience and certification can be obtained by gaining the necessary training experience and passing the exam.

Note: You must purchase the CAPM® exam directly from the PMI.

Accreditation Accreditation: PMI
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: See course page
self-paced Format: Self-paced online course

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PMI certification

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the American not-for-profit membership body for the project management profession. PMI offers certification in project management and other related areas.

The PMI is best-known project management professional body with chapters of members across the globe, including the UK.

You can prepare for your PMI certification by taking an online course offered by a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), or you can self-study.

All the PMI certifications requires proof of related experience and education. This makes them popular qualifications for professionals looking to prove their worth to employers and advance their careers.

Although PMI certification is valued worldwide, it is especially desirable in the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

There are 8 PMI certifications described below. Each one has one has a set of pre-requisites which you must meet before you can gain certification. These are usually a combination of experience, qualifications and passing the relevant examination.

Project Management Professional (PMP)®

PMP® is the most well-known PMI certification. Over 750,000 people have gained a PMP certification. In the Project Management Salary Survey (2018), people in the USA holding PMP certification on average earned 20% higher salaries than those without.

PMP® is for practicing project managers. PMP® certification shows that you speak and understand the global language of project management.

Pre-requisites

  • 35 hours of project management education; and either,
  • A secondary degree and 7,500 hours of experience leading or directing projects; or,
  • A four-year degree and 4,500 hours of experience leading or directing projects.

To gain PMP® certification you must also pass the 4-hour PMP® exam (200 multiple-choice questions) which tests you on your deep knowledge of The PMBOK® Guide.

To maintain PMI certification, you must gain 60 PDUs (Professional Development Units) every 3 years.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®

CAPM® is the entry-level PMI certification in project management. It is suitable for aspiring/current project team members or project managers. Apply for this PMI certification if you would like to start managing projects or add project management skills into your current role.

CAPM certification shows that you have knowledge of the principles and terminology within the Project Management Body of Knowledge® Guide (The PMBOK® Guide) - an American-based standard for project management.

Pre-requisites
  • Either have 1,500 hours of project experience and a secondary degree; or,
  • 23 hours of project management education.

To gain CAPM® certification you must also pass the 3-hour CAPM® exam (150 multiple-choice questions). The CAPM® exam is available as an online proctored exam.

To maintain PMI certification, you must re-take the CAPM exam every 5 years.

Other PMI certification

You can gain another PMI certification if PMP® or CAPM® is not for you. Other PMI certification are available in subjects closely related to project management. These are described below.

Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

PgMP® certification is an advanced qualification for senior project and programme managers. You should apply for this PMI certification if you want recognition of your ability to manage multiple, related projects which align results with organizational goals.

Pre-requisites

  • 6,000 hours of project management experience; and either,
  • A secondary degree and 10,500 hours of program management experience; or,
  • A 4-year degree and 6,000 hours of program management experience.

To gain PgMP® certification you must also pass the 4-hour PgMP® exam (170 multiple-choice questions). You must pass a panel review evaluation before sitting the PgMP® exam.

The PgMP® exam is not written according to any single text or reference, so candidates need a broad and deep understanding of project and programme management.

To maintain PMI certification, you must gain 60 PDUs every 3 years.

Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®

PfMP® certification is designed for senior project professionals managing portfolios of projects and/or programmes. PfMP® certification shows your advanced competency in the coordinated management of one or more portfolios to achieve strategic objectives.

Pre-requisites

  • A minimum of 8 years professional business experience; and,
  • A secondary degree and 10,500 hours of portfolio management experience; or,
  • A 4-year degree and 6,000 hours of portfolio management experience.

To gain PfMP® certification you must also pass the 4-hour PfMP® exam (170 multiple-choice questions). You must pass a panel review evaluation before sitting the PfMP® exam.

To maintain PMI certification, you must earn 60 portfolio-related PDUs every 3 years.

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

PMI-ACP® certification is designed for people working on or managing Agile projects. You should gain this certification if you want formal recognition of your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques.

Pre-requisites

  • 2,000 hours of general project experience (or current PMP® or PgMP® certification); and,
  • 1,500 hours of agile project experience; and,
  • 21 hours of training in agile practices.

To gain PMI-ACP® certification you must pass the 3-hour PMI-ACP® exam (120 multiple-choice questions). The PMI-ACP exam is available as an online proctored exam.

To maintain PMI certification, you must gain 30 agile-related PDUs every 3 years.

PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®

PMI-PBA® certification is aimed those who are working with stakeholders to define requirements, shaping project outputs and driving intended business outcomes.

Pre-requisites

  • 35 hours of business analysis education; and either,
  • A secondary degree and 7,500 hours of business analysis experience; or,
  • A bachelor’s degree and 4,500 hours of business analysis experience.

To gain PMI-PBA® certification you must also pass the 4-hour PMI-PBA® exam (200 multiple-choice questions).

To maintain PMI certification, you must gain 60 PDUs related to business analysis every 3 years.

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®

PMI-RMP® certification is for those with advanced risk management skills. It is designed for project managers and other professionals to prove their ability to identify and assess project risks, mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities.

Pre-requisites

  • A secondary degree, 4,500 hours of project risk management experience and 40 hours project risk management education; or,
  • A 4-year degree, 3,000 hours of project risk management experience and 30 hours project risk management education.

To gain PMI-RMP® certification you must also pass the 3.5-hour PMI-RMP® exam (170 multiple-choice questions).

To maintain PMI certification, you need to earn 30 risk management-related PDUs every 3 years.

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®

PMI-SP® is designed for project professionals with advanced project scheduling skills. Aim for this certification if you have advanced knowledge and experience developing, managing and maintaining project schedules.

Pre-requisites

  • A secondary degree, 5,000 hours project scheduling experience and 40 hours of project scheduling education; or,
  • A 4-year degree, 3,500 project scheduling experience and 30 hours of project scheduling education.

To gain PMI-SP® certification you must also pass the 3.5-hour PMI-SP® exam (170 multiple-choice questions).

To maintain PMI certification, you must earn 30 PDUs related to project scheduling every 3 years.

Comparing PMI and other certifications

This table compares PMI certification against other popular project management certifications

QualificationAccreditation bodyPre-requisiteIndustryExamsSuitable forWhat is taught
CAPMPMIProject management experience and required education levels.AllMultiple-choiceCurrent or aspiring project managers in America, Africa, Asia, Middle EastCommon project management techniques and knowledge areas.
PMPPMIProject management experience and certain education level.AllMultiple-choiceCurrent project managers in America, Africa, Middle East, AsiaHow to manage and lead projects using best practice techniques and knowledge areas.
PRINCE2AXELOSFoundation level: none. Practitioner level: requires Foundation or PMI-CAPM® or PMI-PMP®.AllMultiple-choiceCurrent or aspiring project managers or team members. Especially popular in UK, Europe, Australia, NZ, South Africa.The PRINCE2 framework and its application.
AgilePMAPMGFoundation level: none. Practitioner level: requires Foundation.IT or creative.Multiple-choiceCurrent or aspiring agile project managers or team members.How to manage Agile projects.
APM PFQAPMNoneAllMultiple-choiceCurrent or aspiring project managers in the UKAwareness of project management and terminology.
APM PMQAPMSome project management experience is recommended.AllWrittenCurrent or aspiring project managers in the UKCommon project management techniques and knowledge areas.