How Many Certification Courses Offered by PMI

When I passed my PMP exam in 2010, there were a limited number of certifications the PMI offered. These were: PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, and PgMP.

These days, that number has grown greatly. The PMI offers seven more certifications, in addition to the PMP, which is the most famous.

If you have passed the PMP exam, you might be thinking of other certifications.

Therefore, in this blog post, I will discuss the certification courses offered by the PMI. If you are interested in other PMI certifications, you can find them here.

Certification Courses Offered by the PMI

The PMI offers eight certification courses as of today, January, 27th, 2019:

  • CAPM
  • PMP
  • PgMP
  • PfMP
  • PMI-ACP
  • PMI-PBA
  • PMI-RMP
  • PMI-SP

CAPM (Certified Associate of Project Management)

This certification is for entry-level professionals. You can apply for it even if you don’t have project management experience.

You can apply for this certification if you have a high school diploma or an equivalent. Then you have to attend a 23 contact hours project management training program. No training is required if you have 1,500 hours of related experience.

This certification is valid for five years. There is no further renewal.

PMP (Project Management Professional)

This is the most sought after certification for project professionals. If you are in this field, you should go for this certification. This will help you take your career to the next level.

Diploma or bachelor degree holders are eligible to apply for this certification. If you’re a diploma holder, 7,500 hours of experience is required. If you are a degree holder, the requirement is 4,500 hours. You must attend a 35 contact hours training program.

This certification is valid for three years. You can extend its validity after completing the CCR cycle, for a further three years.

PgMP (Program Management Professional)

You can apply for this certification if you are managing similar projects.

To apply for this certification, you should have a diploma or a bachelor’s degree. You should have 6,000 hours of project management experience if you are a diploma holder. In addition, you should have 10,500 hours of program management experience.

If you are a bachelor’s degree holder, you should have 6,000 hours of project management experience and 6,000 hours of experience in program management.

This certification is valid for three years. You can renew it for another three years after completing the CCR program.

PfMP (Portfolio Management Professional)

You should go for this certification if you are managing different projects or programs.

To apply for this certification, you should either hold a diploma or a bachelor’s degree.

For diploma holders, the portfolio management experience requirement is 10,500 hours and 96 months of professional business experience.

If you are a bachelor’s degree holder, you should have 6,000 hours of portfolio management experience and have 96 months of professional business experience.

This certificate expires after three years. You can renew it for another three years after completing the CCR program.

PMI-ACP (PMI–Agile Certified Practitioner)

This certification is for agile professionals.

To apply, you should hold a secondary degree and have 1,500 agile project management experience hours. Additionally, you should have 2,000 hours of experience in project management. You also need to attend 21 hours of formal training on agile project management.

This certification is valid for three years. You must earn 30 PDUs in agile practice to renew for a further three years.

PMI-PBA (PMI Professional in Business Analysis)

This certification is for business analysts.

If you have a secondary degree, you should have 7,500 hours of experience in business analysis. For a bachelor’s degree holder, the requirement is 4,500 hours.

The necessary project management experience is 2,000, and you also have to attend a 35 contact hours training program in business analysis.

This certificate is valid for three years. You can renew it for a further three years after earning 60 PDUs in business analysis topics.

PMI-RMP (PMI Risk Management Professional)

You can go for this certification if you want to take your career to the next level in risk management.

Diploma or degree holders can apply for this certification. If you have a diploma, you should have 4,500 hours of experience in risk management. If you are a degree holder, the requirement is 3,500 hours. You also must attend a contact hours training program in risk management.

The training program should be 40 hours long for diploma holders and only 30 hours for those with bachelor’s degrees.

This certification is valid for three years. You can renew it for a further three after completing the CCR program. Which includes earning 30 PDUs in risk management.

PMI-SP (PMI Scheduling Professional)

This certification is for professionals working in project planning and scheduling.

You should hold a diploma with 5,000 hours of experience in project scheduling. Afterward, you must attend 40 contact hours of training in scheduling management. Then you will be eligible for this certification.

If you are a degree holder, you should have 3,500 hours of experience in project scheduling. Then you should attend a 30 contact hours training program in scheduling management.

This certificate is valid for three years. To renew it for another three, you will have to earn 30 PDUs in scheduling management.

Summary

The PMI offers eight certification courses and the PMP is the most well-known. Most professionals go for this first, then they further their careers by opting for the others. Passing the PMP exam gives them a solid foundation for the next level of certification.

Are you interested in other PMI certifications? Let me know in the comments section.

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