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PMI certification shows that you have the essential knowledge, experience, and education to effectively contribute to project, strategic, and organizational success. A PMI certification is a valuable investment in your career, and yourself.


Top five reasons to earn a PMI certification:


  1. Credibility. Provide an unbiased and reliable means to validate your domain of knowledge and professional experience. For over 30 years, PMI has offered certification and is a globally recognized leader in the industry.
  2. Transferability. PMI certification is not tied to any one specific methodology, industry, or region. A PMI certification can move and adapt with your career.
  3. Competitive advantage. Be more marketable. Many certification holders achieve salary increases, career advancement opportunities, and employer recognition.
  4. Commitment. Emphasize your commitment to professional growth. By earning and maintaining a PMI certification, you continue to develop your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  5. Relevance. Demonstrate your relevance with certifications that are developed by practitioners, upheld by rigorous standards, based on ongoing research, and always reflect current industry practices.


PMI Talent Triangle®


Your PMI certification will include a way to keep your certification current and your knowledge relevant as the profession evolves through the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program.
The program focuses your professional development on the employer-demanded skills of the PMI Talent Triangle® — technical, leadership, and strategic and business management skills.


PMI Talent Triangle


Prepare for success: Quick tips

  • Read the applicable certification handbook. (Visit the Certification tab on to download certification handbooks.)
  • Review the certification’s Exam Content Outline.
  • Read through the Reference List for the exam and determine which will be most helpful for you.
  • Seek additional educational opportunities through PMI, a PMI chapter, a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), or other provider.
  • Form a study group with colleagues or friends.


PMI® Certifications


Check your eligibilityPMP®CAPM®
Certification definitionThe PMP certification recognizes experience,
knowledge, and skill in leading and directing projects.
The CAPM certification recognizes a demonstrated understanding of the fundamental knowledge, processes, and terminology as defined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) that are needed for effective project management performance
Apply if you:• Are responsible for leading a project
• Lead and direct cross-functional teams to
deliver projects within the constraints of time, budget, and scope
Provide subject matter expertise in a project
team environment
• Support project managers with coordination
of project duties
• Serve as a project team member, coordinator
or liaison
• Are interested in project management
and want to learn project management
Professional education (contact hours)35 hours of project management education
CAPM certification
Minimum of a high school diploma, associate degree, or global equivalent
At least 23 hours of project management
education without professional work experience
Professional work experienceWith bachelor’s degree or global equivalent: minimum three years (4,500 hours) spent leading and directing
projects within the last eight years


With high school diploma or global equivalent: minimum five years (7,500 hours) spent leading and directing projects within the last eight years
Exam information4-hour, 200-question multiple-choice exam3-hour 150 question exam
Exam feePMI member: US$405
Non-member: US$555
PMI member: US$225
Non-member: US$300
Certification maintenance requirements3-year cycle
60 PDUs per cycle
5-year cycle
No PDUs per cycle
Retake the exam before the end of your five year certification cycle

PMI certifications



PMI certifications