PgMP® Credential Overview

PgMP

Description

A “program” is defined as multiple projects that are managed in a coordinated approach in order to achieve the strategic goals of the organization. The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credential demonstrates a program manager’s competency and advanced skills. PgMP’s oversee multiple, related projects and their resources in order to achieve strategic goals.

Audience

Experienced project managers across all industries

Requirements

With a Bachelor’s degree or higher:

  • Four years (6,000 hours) of project management experience and four years (6,000 hours) of program management experience within the last fifteen years

With a high school diploma or global equilalent:

  • Four years (6,000 hours) of project management experience and seven years (10,500 hours) of program management experience within the last fifteen years

Application Process

  1. Verify that you meet the PMI PgMP® eligibility requirements above
  2. Create an account at www.pmi.org
  3. Complete the on-line PgMP® application at pmi.org and submit
  4. In approximately 5 days you will receive an application approval e-mail from PMI®; log into www.pmi.org and pay your credential fee ($1500 for PMI members and $1800 for non-PMI members). Within minutes you will receive a confirmation e-mail stating 1 of 2 things:
    1. Thank you...here is your test code and exam scheduling instructions
    2. Thank you...your application has been selected for audit...here is your audit welcome packet
  5. If you are audited (25% of applications are randomly selected for audit upon payment of exam fees), complete all audit forms and mail them to PMI. In approximately 5 days you will receive an e-mail stating 1 of 3 things:
    1. Thank you...here is your test code and exam scheduling instructions
    2. Thank you...we require further information...here is what we need
    3. Sorry...you have failed to meet the audit requirements...please refer to the PgMP Handbook for our refund policy procedure
  6. In approximately 5 days you will receive an e-mail stating 1 of 2 things:
    1. Thank you...you have successfully completed PMI's Panel Review...here is your test code
    2. Sorry...you have failed to pass PMI's Panel Review process...please refer to the PgMP Handbook for our refund policy procedure
  7. When you have your test code, go to www.prometric.com/PMI to schedule your exam
  8. Upon successful completion of your exam, you will enter the next level of evaluation: multi-rater assessment (MRA), a 360 ͦ evaluation of your performance by at least 12 individuals and yourself, including:
    1. 1 supervisor
    2. 4 peers
    3. 4 direct reports
    4. 3 additional references from any of the above categories
  9. Upon successful completion of your MRA, you will be notified via email and postal mail that you have been awarded your PgMP® credential

Exam Information

  • You will have up to one year from the date your application is approved to take your exam
  • If you fail your exam, you are allowed to re-test twice within your one year eligibility period
  • Exams are available at multiple Prometric locations around the world
  • You will need to provide 2 forms of identification upon arriving at the test center
  • All of your belongings, including your cell phone, etc., are placed in a locker and are not accessible during the exam
  • You will have four hours to complete 170 multiple-choice questions
  • Of the 170 questions, 20 questions are considered pre-test and are not scored
  • The questions will represent the six performance domains:
    • Domain 1 – Strategic Program Management (11 tasks) –- 15% of the questions
    • Domain 2 – Program Life Cycle (35 tasks) –- 12% of the questions
      • Initiating (6 tasks) -- (6%)
      • Planning (9 tasks) -- (11%)
      • Executing (9 tasks) -- (14%)
      • Controlling (6 tasks) -- (10%)
      • Closing (5 tasks) -- (3%)
    • Domain 3 – Benefits Management (8 tasks) -- 11%
    • Domain 4 – Stakeholder Management (7 tasks) -- 16%
    • Domain 5 – Governance (11 tasks) -- 14%
  • There are no scheduled breaks during your exam and as such, the clock will continue even if you step away from the exam
  • Questions are provided one at a time and can either be answered, answered and marked, or left blank and marked for review
  • Upon submission of the exam, you will be asked to answer a survey prior to receiving your results
  • Upon completion of the survey, you will be notified as to whether you passed or failed the exam
  • The exam center will provide you with a paper copy of your results, including your proficiency level in each of the domains. Proficiency levels are:
    • Proficient
    • Moderately Proficient
    • Below Proficient

How to Prepare

Enroll in a formal study course offered by PMI® chapters or accredited Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s). You can also review self-study books published by R.E.P.s and other reputable training organizations.

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