Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

As a program manager, you’re a senior-level practitioner on the forefront of advancing your organization’s strategic goals. You manage multiple, related projects in a coordinated way, achieving benefits that could not occur if the projects were handled separately.

Your leadership is instrumental. With program management maturity, an organization’s projects are far more successful than without it — 76 percent compared to 54 percent according to our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® is a visible sign of your advanced experience and skill and gives you a distinct advantage in employment and promotion.

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Who Should Apply?

If you have the proven ability to manage multiple, related projects and navigate complex activities that span functions, organizations, regions or cultures and to align results with organizational goals, then you’re a potential PgMP.

Gain and Maintain Your PgMP

  • First phase of evaluation is panel review
  • The certification exam has 170 multiple-choice questions, and you have four hours to complete it.
  • To maintain your PgMP, you must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three year.


Member: US$800.00
Non-member: US$1,000.00


  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 6,000 hours of project management experience
  • 10,500 hours of program management experience 


  • Four-year degree
  • 6,000 hours of project management experience
  • 6,000 hours of program management experience

For complete details on the eligibility requirements, see the PgMP Handbook. If you’re not yet qualified for the PgMP, consider the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What do I have to do to earn the PgMP?

    All candidates must pass two evaluations that include:

    1. Application panel review during which a panel of program managers review your work experience and verify any aspect of your application.
    2. The multiple-choice examination calls upon you to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge to a variety of situational or scenario-based questions.
  • Who are the application reviewers?

    A panel of program managers has been appointed to serve as the application reviewers for the PgMP certification. PMI carefully selected members of this panel for their extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of program management. Since PMI appoints these members, there is no formal process available to the public to serve as a volunteer in this capacity. To protect applicants against any potential review bias, PMI will not provide candidate names, demographics, or employment information to the reviewers.


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