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The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the world's leading association for the project management profession. PMI credentials are globally recognized certificates that can help to prove an individual’s level of education and experience in project management. The PMI has been dedicated to:

  Providing basic knowledge, skills, tools and technologies, as well as ethical professional standards for project managers, assistant, and program managers, for project/program management.
  Continuing to develop, maintain, evaluate, promote and administrate a rigorous, experience, education and examination-based, set of professional certification credentials: the Project management Professional (PMP®), the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®), the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) and the Program Management Professional (PgMP®).

One of the credentials introduced by the PMI, the Project Management Professional (PMP), has been widely accepted by most countries to become an internationally recognized certificate. The PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is a systematic, complete standard framework for project management. It covers the Nine Knowledge Areas and the Five Process Groups of project management practice, and is regarded as a bible for project management. It is this Project Management Body of Knowledge that provides a basic frame for the International Standard Organization (IS0) to develop their universal standard- ISO 10006. The reputation of the PMI’s Project Management Professional credential has exceeded the MBA and has become the world’s most popular certificate.

People usually find themselves facing a bottleneck when pursuing a career with management responsibilities, and most of them have turned to PMP to give them an advantage. Here is a list of the reasons why they have gained a PMP credential:

  1. Your enterprise pays increasing attention to whether you can perform good practice in project management or not, as they face intensified global competition.
  2. You find that you are often required to accomplish tasks that can not be done without proper project management skills, techniques and knowledge.
  3. More businesses need to accomplish goals or targets through properly managed projects with properly trained managers.
  4. More projects, or government bids, require prospective sellers, or the leaders of the projects, to have PMP credentials.
  5. A common and understandable management language is needed among the project team and management when carrying out project work.
  6. The PMP certificate has become the sole and credible qualification for project managers.

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®), newly developed by PMI®, is targeted at experienced project practitioners facing ever-changing demands from their clients. PMI-ACP® has been very popular with project workers ever since it was first introduced by PMI®. Many companies are adopting agile methods to improve team performance and customer satisfaction. It is increasingly regarded as a ‘must-have’ for project workers, mainly because it addresses the following issues:

  1. I am working in an industry where changes happens all the time and my team and myself are having trouble following a plan created with normal project management techniques.
  2. Planning ahead and change control have become impractical because of increasing levels of work requiring immediate attention, such as newly assigned tasks.
  3. All our projects are short-term, around 2 to 3 months, so we need to deliver value to our customer quickly.
  4. To test proposed solutions, or alternative approaches, we need to experiment repeatedly on project items.
  5. No body knows what the final product will look like.
  6. The PMI-ACP® certificate has become the sole and credible qualification for project practitioners.

PgMP is a body of knowledge developed by the same institute, PMI, to help guide business leaders, and senior managers, such as company CEOs, on how to make their projects achieve the vision of their organizations. In other words, The PgMP’s managerial thinking is designed for business managers on how to co-ordinate projects to produce the greatest synergy, and open up ‘Blue Ocean’ opportunities for enterprise, empowering its competitiveness.

Therefore, unlike the PMP, which is mainly concerned with proper planning and making the least changes to ongoing projects, the PgMP philosophy requires senior managers to be flexible and adaptable, as they seek business opportunities in ever-changing market environments. Here is a list of the reasons why senior managers have found a PgMP credential useful:

  1. I have been a PMP for many years, and I want to further improve my project/program management professionalism.
  2. My current project management knowledge no longer meets my work environment requirements.
  3. I am running many projects at the same time, and I need to find a solution to manage them with ease and efficiency.
  4. I need to go to somewhere higher than project management and gain a bird’ s-eye-view of multiple projects, so that I can properly arrange the priority of these projects/programs, allocate their resources, avoid conflicts between them, whilst still making the best from their cooperation, achieving my company’s business objectives.
  5. I get an order to establish a PMO (Project Management Office) in my company, but I don’t posses the skills or knowledge to do so.
  6. I need to find a way to lead my company’s search for our own ‘Blue Sea’.
  7. My company is facing crisis, and to survive we need to come up with new solutions and create opportunities.
  8. I plan to become, or have a potential to become, a CEO in the future, so I need start preparing myself now.





Full Tile

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner

Project Management Professional

Program Management Professional

Credential Rank

A 5 star credential, equal to professional certification exam

A 5 star credential, equal to professional certification exam

A 6 star credential, extremely difficult to obtain, no equivalent around the world

Applicant Eligibility

Project managers or team members

Project managers

CEO, senior manager, strategy organizer, the head of a PMO

Exam Eligibility

1. High School, or associate’s degree
2. Five years of experience of project participation + Three years experiences of Agile project

1. Bachelor Degree
2. Three years’ of experience of project participation, or running projects, or 3.35PDU

1. Bachelor Degree
2. Four years’ experience of project management + Four years experiences of running programs

Exam Fee

435 USD

405 USD

1500 USD

language aids provided for the exam

Only English available

Aids in up to 10 languages available

Only a Language Aid in English available

Attributes of the accreditation

Experience and adaptability for Project Management Competency.

Knowledge, experience and skills for Project Management Competency.

Skills, experience and performance for Program/Portfolio Management Competency.

Exam Format

120 short questions, each 30-70 words.

200 short questions, each 100-200 words.

170 long questions, each 500 words.

Qualification Renewal Period

Valid for three years, and can be renewed by gaining 30 PDUs.

Every three years.

Every three years, but only renew their PgMP and not their PMP.

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