Project Management Institute

What is the Project Management Institute?

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The Project Management Institute, or PMI, is the largest professional organization for project managers in the world. It has more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers sprinkled across almost every country on the globe. There are 280 geographic chapters under PMI.


According to the organization, PMI “is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession.

Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities.”  


PMI is best known for the professional credentials it offers. PMI was the first organization to offer certifications in project management. Going though the certification process gives project managers the training they need to manage projects with greater success. PMI offers the following certifications:

  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)SM

  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM

  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®

  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®

The PMP® is the most common certification. While none of the certifications are prerequisites to any others, the CAPM® is essentially a PMP® for people who do not have the experience necessary to apply for the PMP® exam.

PMI requires certified individuals to renew their certifications. Individuals must complete continuing education requirements to maintain their credentials. The lone exception to this is the CAPM®. After five years, a CAPM® holder must retake the PMP® exam. The reasoning behind this is that a CAPM® holder will pursue the PMP® once he or she has the required experience.  


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