About the PMI certifications

About our PMI courses.

A smart way to prove your proficiency in project management is by getting a certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). This overview of each of PMI’s certification preparation courses we offer will help you determine which cert or certs might be ideal for your career path. We’ll update this guide as new information is available about PMI certifications.

Executive summary

  • What are PMI certifications? 

Eight project management credentials that are designed by, and offered exclusively through, the PMI. The following three are offered by us as preparations for the formal online exams.
– Project Management Professional (PMP)
– Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
– PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

  • Why do PMI certifications matter? PMI certifications are considered the gold standard by organizations and leaders around the globe in career advancement and the delivery of advocacy, collaboration, education, and research.
  • Who do PMI certifications affect? PMI credentials offer significant value to students, business professionals, leaders, existing PMPs seeking additional credentials, project teams, and stakeholders.
  • When are PMI certifications available? Since 1969, PMI has offered many students and employees a way to advance their career.
  • How can I earn a PMI certification? Visit PMI.org and click on certifications to find out more about each of the eight certifications, the certification process, and how to maintain each certification through continuing professional development.

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What are PMI certifications?

The PMI offers eight project management certifications. Here are specifics about each certification’s requirements and costs, as well as information about how the certs might boost your PM career and income potential.

The lowest prerequisite level is for the CAPM. WE suggest that certification is used as a starting point.

 

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is for project professionals who like to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills to their current role.

The prerequisites are:

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

or

  • A minimum of 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam

Cost: The CAPM certification fee is US $225.00 for PMI members and US $300.00 for non-members.

 

Project Management Professional (PMP) is often referred to as the gold standard and is the most globally recognized certification in project management. PMI says “more than one-third of their project managers are PMP-certified,” and recommends this certification for more experienced project managers who handle all aspects of project delivery, leading and directing cross-functional teams.

The prerequisites are:

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

or

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

Cost: The PMP certification fee is US $405.00 for PMI members and US $555.00 for non-members.

 

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) is for project professionals who work on agile teams. This certification demonstrates real-world, hands-on experience and skill.

The prerequisites are:

  • A minimum of 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
  • A minimum of 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies (in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience)
  • A minimum of 21 contact hours of training in agile practices

Cost: The PMI-ACP certification fee is US $435.00 for PMI members and US $495.00 for non-members.

 

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Why PMI certifications matter

On December 14, 2016, US President Barack Obama signed into law S.1550, the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 (PMIAA) to enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the federal government. This move signifies the importance of project professionals at all levels and the ongoing need for standardization, accountability, and ethics in the PM field.

Further, the project management profession is anticipated to grow by US$6.61 trillion by 2020, adding 15.7 million new PM roles, and PM certifications can provide professionals with the necessary skills to meet the growing demand.

 

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PMI certifications are considered the gold standard in IT certifications by organizations and leaders around the globe in career advancement and the delivery of advocacy, collaboration, education, and research. With approximately 650,000 PM practitioners worldwide, the PMI notes that: “PMI certification holders show that employers recognize the value delivered by trained practitioners.”

PMI certified professionals follow the PMBOK Guide and Standards and demonstrate:

  • Adherence to globally recognized standards, developed by PMI volunteers experienced in every type of project, and the use of a globally recognized language for project management around the world.
  • “Responsibility, respect, fairness and honesty,” as core values of the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
  • They can deliver value and improve organizational success and further elevate the profession.
  • Advocacy for project management that’s reinforced by globally recognized standards, the certification program, and extensive academic and market research programs, chapters, and volunteer and professional development opportunities.

 

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Who PMI certifications affect

PMI certifications benefit students, all members of a project team, executives, sponsors, vendors, and project professionals. The largest benefit is an increase in stakeholder confidence, as a result of the ethical and professional conduct, technical skills, and leadership of a certified project professional who is capable of increasing success ratios in projects.

For those interested in advancing their careers and earning potential, in 2015 PMI has put out its ninth edition salary survey, which covers salary data from 26,000 project management professionals in 34 countries. Key findings show US project manager salaries in 2015 ranged from $90,000 (25th percentile) to $130,000 (75th percentile) overall, with a median salary of $108,200. Total compensation ranged from $93,940 (25th percentile) to $143,000 (75th percentile) with the median of $116,000.

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When PMI certifications are available

PMI has been around since 1969; its certifications offer many students and employees a way to advance their career, improve organizational success, and increase ethical standards. The project management industry continues to see record growth, which is expected to accelerate well into the future. In fact, the project management profession is anticipated to grow by US$6.61 trillion by 2020, adding 15.7 million new PM roles, according to a talent gap report by PMI.

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How to earn PMI certifications

Visit PMI.org and click on certifications to find out more about each of the eight certifications, the certification process, and how to maintain each certification through continuing professional development. PMI also offers members and non-members access to the following resources through its site.

  • PMI Online Courses, which can be counted towards professional development units (PDUs)

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