the organizational implications
The exponential growth of the PMP® certification program was not envisioned when the program began in 1984, run entirely by volunteers. Currently the membership of PMI® stands at 14,000, with an anticipated membership of 50,000 by 2000. In 1994, PMI established an Integrated Project Team (IPT) to address the need for international affiliations, standards, and advanced validation techniques. After scoping and analyzing the issues, the Global Certification Program IPT mapped out a new organization structure to support such activities as corporate support, public relations, study material development, and exam development. The IPT also proposed the establishment of committees for global requirements, conformance, exam development, and certification administration. The PMI Executive Board accepted the bulk of the IPT's recommendations at their 1995 board meeting and requested that the committees continue their work and refine their proposal for submission in the fall of 1995.