Program management professional (US)

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Program management professional (PgMP) is a credential offered by US Project Management Institute (PMI) As of 24 December 2009 to certify individuals as having requisite experience in program management. As of September 1, 2014, there were 1092 PgMP certified individuals distributed globally.[1]

The PgMP is a credential for those who achieve an organization objective through defining and overseeing projects and resources.[2] Themes of the program are benefits management, program stakeholder management, and program governance.

Exam syllabus[edit]

The PgMP exam is based on the Program Management Professional (PgMP®) Examination Content Outline.,[3]which describes five Domains of Program Management knowledge:

  • Strategic program management (15%)
  • Program lifecycle (44%)
  • Benefits management (11%)
  • Stakeholder management (16%)
  • Governance (14%)

In addition to the domains, there are 45 cross-cutting knowledge and skills described in the outline document. These skills range from brain storming to organization strategic planning and visioning. Some of these skills are related to project management or general management. Others as knowledge of sustainability and environmental issues or information privacy are not easily categorized. [4]

The exam consists of 170 multiple choice questions written against the examination content outline document. The numbers in parentheses describe the percentage of questions for each domain.

Eligibility requirements[edit]

The credential is obtained by documenting several years of work experience in project and program management. The eligibility requirements vary by the educational background of the applicant. [5]

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
    • Document 4 years (6,000 hours) of project management and 7 years (10,500 hours) of program management experience.
  • A Bachelor's degree or equivalent
    • Document 4 years (6,000 hours) of project management and 4 years (6,000 hours) of program management experience.

Examination process[edit]

Two evaluations are administered before the credential is earned.

  • Evaluation 1 – Panel Review
    • PMI will evaluate the application to determine if the applicant meets the necessary requirements for a program management professional.
  • Evaluation 2 – Exam
    • On behalf of PMI, Prometric administers a 4-hour computer-based test consisting of 170 questions.

PMI used to require candidates to complete a Multi-Rater Assessment (MRA), but this requirement was dropped in November 2013.[6] The MRA consisted of a survey of one supervisor, four peers, four direct reports and three professional references.

Continuous Credential Requirements (CCR)[edit]

To maintain the PgMP qualification, 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) must be earned over a three-year cycle, from activities such as researching, authoring articles, or speaking on Project Management-related topics, or being engaged full time in project management.[7]

If you are already a PMP then the PDUs you earn will apply towards both your PMP and PgMP certification renewal.

Other PMI credentials[edit]

PMP (project management professional) is one of eight credentials offered by PMI:[8]


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