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Which Professional Qualification is for you?

PMI offers professional qualifications recognised world wide for the project or programme manager and project team member. The Project Management Institute is the world’s leading association for the project management profession. It administers a globally recognised, rigorous professional credentialing program certified to the ISO 9001 Quality standard.

The PMI professional credentials - available to members of the Institute and non-members alike - are widely recognised and accepted throughout the world as evidence of a proven level of experience, knowledge and education in project management.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) is designed for project team members, entry-level project managers and students who want a credential to recognise their value to project team performance.

Project Management Professional (PMP®) is for those who have been leading projects for some years.

Program Management Professional (PgMPSM) is for those who have been leading projects and programmes for some years.

Others include:

Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®

To be eligible for these credentials, you must first meet specific educational and project or programme management experience requirements and agree to adhere to a code of professional conduct. The final step is passing a rigorous computer-based multiple-choice examination designed to objectively assess and measure your ability to apply project or programme management knowledge. The examinations are administered globally with translation aids in 10 languages. They are available at 10 sites in the UK.

For more information read our How to apply (below) and our FAQ pages.

How to apply for Professional Qualifications

Apply for the PMI qualifications online. These professional qualifications are recognised world wide for the project or programme manager and project team member

The PMI professional credentials are:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®)
  • Program Management Professional (PgMPSM).

We recommend you visit the Professional Development section of the PMI web site and download the Certification Handbook. Review this and check you meet the eligibility requirements.

To apply for PMP and CAPM, complete the on line form. You can complete some of the form, save it and return to it. Once you submit it, PMI will assess it and if it is accepted will send you an Eligibility Letter. This explains how to book the exam. The examinations are administered globally with translation aids in 10 languages. They are available at 10 sites in the UK. Once you submit your answers at the end of the exam the system will give your score and pass or fail immediately.

How to Renew Professional Qualifications

Our recommendations for renewing Project Management Institute professional certifications are described in this page.

The PMI professional credentials are:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) - no renewal cycle. Expires after 5 years, reapply.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®) Renewal every 3 years, requires 60 Professional Development Units
  • Program Management Professional (PgMPSM). Renewal every 3 years, requires 60 Professional Development Units

This page is for guidance only; the definitive information is at the Professional Development section of the PMI web site www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/AboutPMIsCredentials.aspx