Project Management Institute

Membership FAQs

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    Membership vs Certification


    No. PMI membership is separate from PMI certifications. However, as a PMI member, you will have access to many benefits including discounts on your certification exam fee as well as discounts on professional development opportunities to help with the maintenance of your certification(s).

    PMI membership is for one year from the date of your membership activation. You can renew your membership as early as 90 days from your expiration date. You can find your membership status in your myPMI profile on

    No. There are separate fees and separate processes to renew your membership or your certification. Membership is on a one-year cycle and your certification renewal is on a three-year cycle.

    For more information about PMI certifications, please click here.

    Automatic Renewal of Your Membership


    Yes, you can set your membership to auto-renew if it is one of the following membership types:

    • PMI Membership
    • Retiree Membership
    • Chapter membership if you are electing one of the above renewal options
    • You are renewing one of the above membership types online

    When you join or renew one of the above membership types, your PMI membership and chapter membership will be set to automatically renew. You will be presented with the membership automatic renewal terms and conditions on the payment screen on

    The following membership types are not available for auto-renewal:

    • Student and student chapter memberships
    • PMIEF donations
    • Group billing plans
    • Paper applications and renewals
    • Hardship memberships
    • Project Management Journal subscription

    Yes, this is an optional feature. If you prefer, you may turn off this feature and renew it each year via phone or online.

    No. The renewal of your membership and certifications, fees and processes are different. To see the status of both, log in to and go to your myPMI profile to view your status.

    Renewing Your Membership


    If you do not renew your membership by your expiration date your membership expires and you will no longer have access to your membership benefits, such as the discounts on certification, member-only webinars, additional PDU opportunities, or maintain your chapter membership. The membership automatic renewal feature ensures continuous access to your membership benefits without interruption.

    You can renew your PMI membership as early as 90 days ahead of your expiration date. Membership renewal is based on the most recent join date.

    Log on to and go to your myPMI profile. From there, you can access your dashboard to renew your PMI and chapter membership(s). While in your myPMI profile, please make sure all shipping and billing address fields are completed and your saved payment method is current.

    Student Membership


    Student Members enjoy the same benefits as PMI Membership except that Student Members receive access to publications in a digital format exclusively. Student members will need to verify their student status during the purchase process.

    PMI has streamlined its student verification process. During the application process, students will input their details and then click “Verify”. Students must submit a school-issued document (ex. Class schedule, student ID, tuition fee receipt, etc.) which shows their full name, school, and date of enrollment for the current term. Once the submission is completed, the page will display anticipated verification time and will notify the student, on that page or via email, on the outcome.

    Look for the link that says “Can’t find your country?” and click on it. You will be directed to your “cart” page with student membership automatically added to your cart. You will check out as usual and PMI will verify documentation after purchase.

    Access to Your Benefits


    Log in to and click on the myPMI tab. Click on the “dashboard” link. You can access your benefits from your dashboard as well as from the Knowledge Resources link at the top of the sub-navigation. In addition, you can access your tools, templates, webinars, virtual events, and your network via your online community.

    Access PMI’s online community to find, templates, member-only webinars, virtual events and more. On the home page, click on the purple button to login and choose whether you want to use your, Facebook, or login to continue. Find what you are looking for using the top-level navigation.

    Your membership will be active shortly after your application and payment are received. You will receive a confirmation email notifying you of your membership activation.

    Membership and Chapters


    Yes. You can join one or more PMI chapter(s). You cannot be a chapter member without being a PMI member. Your PMI and chapter membership expiration dates will be the same regardless of when you add a chapter(s). Therefore, if you only have four months left of your PMI membership, your chapter membership will expire in four months as well, despite when you joined the chapter.

    Your chapter membership will be active once PMI has received payment. You will receive a confirmation email that your chapter membership has been processed. A timely notification response depends on the chapter, typically a few days.

    Payments are made in U.S. dollars via credit card, check, or bank transfer. PMI accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Discover. Please note, due to COVID-19, our offices are closed, and we are unable to receive mail. Therefore, please renew your membership online or via Customer Care.

    PMI Membership is non-refundable and non-transferable. You can choose to not renew your PMI membership at the time of your next expiration.

    If your PMI membership has expired, and you rejoin PMI, you are considered to be a new member. You will also be charged US$10.00 processing fee. Opting in to auto-renew your PMI membership will prevent your membership from expiring and will eliminate the additional US$10 processing fee. Please make sure your credit card information is up-to-date and not expiring.

    PMI does not offer discounts on PMI membership.

    Local Currency


    PMI is currently piloting payment for Membership in local currency in two countries, India and Brazil. PMI is monitoring the impact to these countries in order to determine the next steps.