PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®

With your advanced skills in risk management, you perform a specialized function attuned to the needs of a project environment that is increasingly global, virtual and complex. The PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® highlights your ability to identify and assess project risks, mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities. In this capacity, you enhance and protect the needs of your organization.

Gaining distinction as a PMI-RMP® sets you apart from other professionals and brings credit to your organization. Eighty-three percent of organizations that are high performers in project management practice risk management frequently while just 49 percent of low performers do so. The practice contributes to a handsome payoff: high performers meet their goals 2.5 times more often and waste 13 times less money than low performers, as found by our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report.

If you’re ready for greater recognition, the PMI-RMP will validate your specialized expertise and help you stand out to employers, stakeholders and peers.

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Who Should Apply?

If you have advanced knowledge and experience in risk management, or if you are a project manager focused on project risk management, including for large projects and/or complex environments, then the PMI-RMP® is an excellent choice for you. 

Gain and Maintain Your PMI-RMP

  • The certification exam has 170 multiple-choice questions and you have 3.5 hours to complete it.
  • To maintain your PMI-RMP, you must earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) in risk management topics every three years.


Member: US$520.00
Non-member: US$670.00


  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent)
  • 4,500 hours of project risk management experience
  • 40 hours of project risk management education


  • Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 3,000 hours of project risk management experience
  • 30 hours of project risk management education

This information is an overview of the eligibility requirements. For complete details, see the PMI-RMP Handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Who should apply for the PMI-RMP certification?

    Project team members responsible for assessing and identifying project risks while mitigating threats and capitalizing on opportunities.

  • Do I have to be a PMI member to pursue the PMI-RMP certification?

    No. Candidates do not have to be a PMI member.

  • Do I need to have any other PMI certification (e.g., CAPM ®or PMP®) before I apply for the PMI-RMP?

    No. There is no prerequisite certification for the PMI-RMP as this is a stand-alone offering.

  • If I already have a certification from PMI, can I still pursue the PMI-RMP?

    Yes. You need to meet the eligibility requirements for the PMI-RMP. You can also apply the professional development units (PDUs) you earn for the PMI-RMP to maintain the PMP® and PgMP® certifications.

  • How can I apply for the PMI-RMP?

    We encourage you to apply online although you can download a printable application from the website and mail it to us.

  • What supporting documentation should I send with my application?

    None. You only need to submit supporting documentation for your education or work experience if your application is randomly selected for audit.

  • What is the process for earning the PMI-RMP?

    Same as it is for other PMI certifications. All applications undergo an initial review for the completeness of information submitted about your education and work experience. Then, you can take the computer-based certification exam at your selected Prometric Testing Center located around the world. You must first pay the certification fee before you can schedule the exam. Upon passing the exam, you will earn the PMI-RMP.

  • Will the exam be available in translations?

    Not at this time. The PMI-RMP exam is currently available only in English. Translations will be considered at a future date.

  • What happens after I pass the exam?

    After you pass the exam, you may immediately use the certification after your name (e.g., John Doe, PMI-RMP) and your name will also appear in the PMI Online Certification Registry if you elect to be included into the registry. You will also receive a package containing your certificate and information on how to maintain your certification.

  • What do I do to maintain my certification?

    As a certification holder, you participate in the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program. Under the CCR program, you are required to participate in professional development activities that afford you professional development units (PDUs).

    You must earn and report a minimum of 30 PDUs during your three-year certification/CCR cycle to maintain an active certification status. The PDUs must be in the specialized area of project risk management to apply. If you take a general project management class, only the sections that pertain to project risk management can be applied towards the maintenance of the PMI-RMP certification. Remember, if you hold the PMP or PgMP certification(s), you may apply the 30 PDUs used for the PMI-RMP toward the maintenance of the other two certifications.

    Once you earn and report the required amount of PDUs, you need to complete an Application for Certification Renewal, reaffirm the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and the Certification Application/Renewal Agreement and submit payment of the renewal fee.


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