PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®
As a candidate for the PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®, you know there is much more to project scheduling than just the use of tools and technology to build a schedule for your team.
Schedules are a fundamental element of project management yet half of all projects — 50 percent — are not completed within the initially scheduled timeframe according to our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report.
Projects and teams today are increasingly global and virtual, and project schedules are key to managing activities, resources, dependencies and ultimately, project outcomes. The PMI-SP® will recognize your knowledge and skill to drive the improved management of project schedules.
Who Should Apply?
If you have advanced knowledge and experience developing, managing and maintaining project schedules and you’d like to showcase your skills, then the PMI-SP is an excellent choice for you.
Gain and Maintain Your PMI-SP
- The certification exam has 170 multiple-choice questions and you have 3.5 hours to complete it.
- To maintain your PMI-SP, you must earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) every three years in the specialized topic of project scheduling.
- Secondary degree
- 5,000 hours project scheduling experience
- 40 hours project scheduling education
- Four-year degree
- 3,500 hours project scheduling experience
- 30 hours project scheduling education
For complete details on the eligibility requirements, see the PMI-SP Handbook.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply for the PMI-SP certification?
Project team members responsible for creating, managing and updating project schedules.
Do I have to be a PMI Member to pursue the PMI-SP 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-SP?
No. There is no prerequisite certification for the PMI-SP.
If I already have a certification from PMI, can I still pursue the PMI-SP?
Yes. You need to be able to meet the eligibility requirements for the PMI-SP. You can also apply the professional development units (PDUs) you earn for the PMI-SP to maintain the PMP and PgMP certifications.
How can I apply for the PMI-SP?
PMI encourages you to apply online although you can download a printable application from the website and mail it to PMI.
What supporting documentation should I send with my application?
None. You only need to submit supporting documentation for your education or work experience if you application is randomly selected for audit.
What is the process for earning the PMI-SP?
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 a 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-SP.
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-SP) and your name will also appear in the PMI Online Certification 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 scheduling to apply. If you take a general project management class, only the sections that pertain to project scheduling can be applied towards the maintenance of the PMI-SP certification.
Remember, if you hold the PMP or PgMP certification(s), you may apply the 30 PDUs used for project scheduling 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.