PgMP® Exam Preparation

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PgMP exam prep is essential to earning your certification and elevating your career. Check out our advice on how to effectively prepare for your exam.

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How to Prepare for the PgMP Exam

Effective PgMP exam prep is essential to earning your certification—even if you have advanced program management education or experience. Explore the multiple study aids we offer to get you exam day ready.

PgMP Prep Courses

Select PgMP exam prep courses are available to help to set you up for success:

  • Instructors are current on learning methods and the latest project management skill sets
  • Learn with a group of like-minded peers that are striving for the same goal.
  • Find the program that works with your schedule to create a structured exam prep routine.

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Review Additional PMI Resources

Review the following resources to get the most out of your PgMP exam prep:

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PgMP Exam Content Outline

  • Learn details about the exam, including what to expect, what's included, and how it is structured.


Program Management Professional (PgMP)® Handbook

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Note: The PgMP is available in English only

Exam Reference List

Note: Exam candidates should be aware that the Program Management Professional (PgMP) examination isn’t written according to a single text. It’s not singularly supported by any reference.

PMI doesn’t endorse specific review courses, resources, references or other materials for certification prep. The references below are not inclusive of all resources that may be used. And they shouldn’t be interpreted as a guaranteed means of passing the exam.

The PgMP is a competency-based credential. It assesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities you gain from practical and learned experiences. The references identified here are one element of a broad set of educational resources and texts that might be used for study or PgMP exam prep.

  • The Standard for Program ManagementFifth Edition by Project Management Institute, published by Project Management Institute
  • Enterprise Programme Management: Delivering Value by David Williams and Tim Parr, published by Palgrave Macmillan
  • Fundamentals of Effective Program Management: A Process Approach Based on the Global Standard by Paul Sanghera, published by J. Ross Publishing
  • Global Project Management Handbook Planning, Organizing & Controlling International Projects by David I. Cleland and Roland Gareis, published by McGraw Hill
  • Implementing Program Management: Templates and Forms Aligned with the Standard for Program Management by Ginger Levin and Alan R. Green, published by CRC Press
  • Program Management (Fundamentals of Project Management) by Michel Thiry, published by Routledge
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) by Project Management Institute, published by Project Management Institute