The Project Management Institute (PMI) has its headquarters in Pennsylvania in the USA and is the leading global professional society for project management. It was founded in 1969 in the USA by five initial members. PMI regards itself as an association of experts, i.e. only individuals can become members. The financing is done via membership fees and other contributions by members. In 1996, PMI began expanding outside of the USA. Today it has more than 700,000 members who are active in more than 230 countries and more than 300 chapters with more than 11,000 volunteers worldwide. Average annual membership growth was at 14% in the last years.
PMI membership and certified, and chapters (as of 31.12.2023):
Data Date: 31.12.2023
There are more than 1,4 Mio project managers worldwide certified as Project Management Professionals (PMP)®. In Germany, it is more than 16,000 individuals.
To apply for the PMP certification test, interested applicants need to provide proof of specific education, they need to have had certain experiences, and they need to agree to a professional code of ethics. As a last step to successful PMP certification, they need to go through a testing procedure (usually a computer-based multiple-choice test) that covers the existing knowledge of the Project Management Body of Knowledge. "The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)", issued by PMI, is a central part of the topics relevant for the certification test. Currently, the 7th edition is available and complementary for PMI members via PDF download (login required). The PMP Handbook from PMI includes all information for a successful test application and certification.
The PMP credential certifies individuals with PM experience. It is accepted worldwide, represents professionalism, and raises the market value of a certified project manager. Many companies have realized this and support their project managers on their way to certification. The PMI certification program is aligned to the quality standard as found in ISO 9001.
The current PMP® Credential Handbook can be downloaded as a PDF.
The following PMI certifications are offered and relate to specific project roles / experience levels:
- For high school and post-secondary students: PMI Project Management Ready
- For project members: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®)
- For Project Manager: Project Management Professional (PMP®)
- For Project Program Manager: Program Management Professional (PgMP®)
- For Project Portfolio Manager: Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP®)
and specific topics in project management:
- Business Analyse: PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA®)
- Risikomanagement: PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®)
- Planung: PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®)
and agile project management:
- Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)
- PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®)
- Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)
- Disciplined Agile Coach (DAC) (ab März 2021)
- Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) (ab Februar 2021)
Get certified! All further information about registration etc. can be found here.
PMI Educational Foundation
The PMI Educational Foundation focuses on presenting the project management profession to children and teenagers and to provide them with basic project management skills.
Another goal is to support NGOs and crisis intervention teams with project management services.
PMI European Passport Initiative (EPI)
About the EPI
In short: if you are a member of any of the European Chapters you can attend all in-person or online/virtual events of these Chapters at their local member's rates!
Getting MORE from your Chapter Membership.
A few decades ago, travelling to Europe or communicating with people who speak a different language was not part of everyday life. Before the Corona pandemic online or virtual were rare and only offered by specialized teams. Not any longer. Advances in transport and above all technology have made the world smaller. Today, our members follow customers and opportunities outside their home countries with increasing ease. Today people are virtually anywhere on the global - unlike Jules Vernes novel "Around the World in Eighty Days" nowadays it is more a "With Eight Mouse Clicks to the Best Content for PMs".
Under the NEW ECC European Passport Initiative, ALL European Chapters will welcome members of the other European Chapters to their local in-person or online/virtual events (including conferences) on the same terms as their own members. Wherever your travels take you in Europe, there is a good chance you will find a friendly community helping you to access to networks and local knowledge that will give you a head start over your competitors.
The next time you pack your bags for a trip to Europe either physically or virtually, don't forget your PMI Chapter Membership: that's your passport to Europe!
How it works...
- Step 1: An interested chapter member of a Local European Chapter identifies an event from a Hosting Chapter in Europe.
- Step 2: The interested chapter member visits PMIs website - pmi.org - and make a screenshot #1 of his/her Dashboard. With this screenshot name, membership ID and chapter membership(s) become transparent.
- Step 3: After clicking on “View Details” screenshot #2 is being made from the Membership Overview. With this screenshot the renewal date becomes transparent, and thus chapter membership is validated.
- Step 4: The interested chapter member sends an e-mail with the two screenshots attached to the event contact of the hosting chapter who will then issue a voucher or grant the discount in another way.
For European Chapter Leaders: please get in touch with your respective Chapter Engagement Specialist under PMI Leadership Central (Link zu https://www.pmi.org/leadership-central/contact-chapter-leaders)
For Members of European Chapters: please get in touch with the Chapter Leader in charge of Membership in your Chapter.