No. No one certification serves as a prerequisite for another. You also do not have to be a PMI member to apply to become a certification holder.
To obtain a PMI certification, you must first meet the eligibility requirements outlined on these web pages and detailed in the certification handbooks. Then, you must pass an exam.
The eligibility requirements for each certification are mentioned here and detailed in the handbook.
All certification applications are available online. Click the “Apply” button on these web pages. Please note that any missing information on the application will delay processing.
When submitting an application, you do not need to send documentation. However, you will be required to send supporting documentation if your application is selected for a random audit. To find out more about PMI’s audit process, refer to the certification handbooks and the audit FAQs.
You may refer to yourself as a certification holder although your certificate package can take six to eight weeks to arrive in the mail. Please refer to the “Use of Your PMI Certification” section of the handbooks for more details. You also can start making plans for maintaining your certification by familiarizing yourself with the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program and its requirements. More details on the CCR program can be found within the CCR Handbook.
Once you are eligible, PMI will e-mail you examination scheduling instructions. Follow the instructions to schedule your exam appointment at a testing center. PMI also offers online proctored exam for CAPM certification only. You can schedule your exam appointment online or by telephone. Full details can be found in the certification handbook and within the examination scheduling instructions. Note: You will need to have submitted your certification fees and received your examination scheduling instructions in order to schedule an exam appointment.
All PMI exams, with the exception of the CAPM, are offered at approved Prometric Testing Centers worldwide. You can check for locations on Prometric’s website. For the CAPM exam, you can check for locations on Pearson VUE’s website . You can also take your CAPM exam in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by an offsite proctor through Pearson VUE.
The PMP and CAPM exams are translated into multiple languages. Please consult the respective certification handbooks for details on specific languages available. The PMI-ACP and PMI-PBA exams are available in English and Simplified Chinese. The PMI-ACP exam will be available in five additional languages beginning 26 March 2018: Arabic • Japanese • Korean • Portuguese • Spanish Other certification exams are not currently translated, but PMI will notify you when translations are available.
If you fail the exam on your first attempt, you can re-take it two more times within your one-year eligibility period. Fees are associated with re-examination. Details for re-examination can be found in the certification handbook.
Your application is valid for one (1) year from the date of approval. If you allow your eligibility to lapse, you must re-apply.
CCR Program Requirements
All PMI certifications, with the exception of CAPM, require that you engage in continuous professional development in order to remain certified. The requirements for each certification can be found within the CCR Handbook.
Extensive market research and feedback from certification holders and organizations identified a subset of skills that employers require for project practitioners to deliver improved results. These skills areas are represented in the PMI Talent Triangle. The CCR updates align professional development activities, specifically Education activities, with the PMI Talent Triangle to ensure certification holders are focused on the needs of the profession.
The PMI Talent Triangle outlines the three skill areas employers need. They are as follows: Technical Project Management: the knowledge, skills and behaviors related to specific domains of Project, Program and Portfolio Management. The technical aspects of performing one’s role. Leadership: the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to guide, motivate, and direct a team, to help an organization achieve its business goals. Strategic and Business Management: the knowledge of and expertise in the industry and organization that enhances performance and better delivers business outcomes.
Many topics can align to each area of the PMI Talent Triangle. Here are some examples to help you understand.
No. They are not. You can still earn PDUs for activities that give back to the profession including creating new project management knowledge, volunteering, and working as a professional in project management. Volunteer activities should reflect your use of practitioner knowledge and skills (i.e., planning the project for a charity).
To facilitate the process of transitioning to this updated program, there will be different renewal requirements during this initial migration period based on your certification cycle expiration date. See the table below for more details.1 December 2015 – 30 November 2017
- Classify PDUs according to new CCR format.
1 December 2017 and Beyond
- Classify PDUs according to new CCR format.
- Meet minimum number of PDUs in Education category and each of the three skill areas. This is required for renewal.
- Limit Giving Back category PDUs to new maximum requirement.
The CCR process enables certain PDUs to be shared across your certifications, simplifying the maintenance process. To learn more please refer to the “Maintaining Multiple Certifications” section of the CCR Handbook and/or watch this webinar.