Project Management Institute

Project management certification

the history

In 1981, at the suggestion of Matthew H. Parry, a project team was assigned the job of developing standards for project management, ethics, and accreditation. Two years later, the Ethics, Standards and Accreditation (ESA) report was published in the August 1983 Special Issue of Project Management Quarterly, recommending (among other things) that a certification program be developed. The first certification exam was held at PMI '84 in Philadelphia, October 6, 1984. Forty-three individuals passed and became the first Project Management Professionals (PMP)®. The ESA Report envisioned that the body of knowledge of project management would continue to grow as the profession's theory and practice evolved, and the increasingly robust certification process reflects this evolution.
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