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Am I Eligible? Which is the right certification for me?

Whether you're a student just stepping into the arena of project management, or a beginner changing careers, or even if you are already serving as a subject matter expert on project teams, a PMI® Certification is the best bet to get your career on the right path or take it to the next level.

PMI® offers various certifications that recognize knowledge and competency, including the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential held by more than 470,000 practitioners worldwide. Salaries and career opportunities for credential holders show that employers recognize the value delivered by trained practitioners. There are currently six certifications available that are rigorously developed, globally accredited and easily transferable across borders and industries.

You can apply for any certification that matches your qualifications, and no certification serves as a prerequisite for another. Also, you don’t need to be a PMI® member to obtain a credential, but there are member discounts on application and credential maintenance costs. PMI® certifications fit a wide range of experience levels and needs. The decision to earn a project management certification is a big one, so make sure you choose one that best fits your current expertise and your future career plans.

Demonstrate your expertise and your commitment to your profession with a PMI® certification.

View / Download Infographic on PMI® Certification eligibility criteria.

PMI® Certification Eligibility  (Source: www.pmi.org)

Read on to discover which PMI® certification is right for you.

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is a good entry-level certification if you’re new to project management, or still figuring out your career path.

CAPM® Requirements

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:

  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent)

    AND
  • At least 1,500 hours experience

        OR

  • 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

If you have gained experience leading and directing projects, you may want to see if you are ready for the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.

The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most important globally-recognized and independently validated credential for project managers, perfect if you have demonstrated experience and competence in leading project teams. 

PMP® Requirements

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

    OR
  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

All project management experience must have been accrued within the last eight consecutive years prior to your application submission.

If you do not meet the PMP® eligibility requirements, you may want to look at the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

The Program Management Professional (PgMP) is designed for those who manage multiple, complex projects to achieve strategic and organizational results. 

PgMP® Requirements

To apply for the PgMP, you need to have either:

  • A four year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent), with at least four years (6000 hours) of project management experience and four years (6000 hours) of program management experience.

    OR 
  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent), with at least four years (6000 hours) of project management experience and seven years (10,500 hours) of program management experience.

All project and program management experience must have been accrued within the last 15 consecutive years prior to your application submission.

If you have not gained enough experience in project and program management to meet these eligibility requirements, consider the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential.

PfMP® Requirements

A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree, global equivalent or higher degree) with atleast four years (6,000 hours) of unique non-overlapping professional portfolio management experience and minimum eight years (96 Months) of professional business experience.

OR

A secondary diploma (high school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent) with atleast seven years (10,500 hours) of unique non-overlapping professional portfolio management experience and minimum eight years (96 months) of professional business experience.

All portfolio management experience must have been accrued over the last 15 consecutive years. 

Find out more or get started now to apply.

 (source: www.pmi.org)

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