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Membership vs Certification
Do I have to be a member to apply for a PMI 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).
How long is my membership cycle?
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 PMI.org.
I paid for my certification renewal, did my membership renew as well?
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.
Automatic Renewal of Your Membership
Can I set my membership to automatically renew?
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 PMI.org.
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
Can I opt out of automatically renewing my membership?
Yes, this is an optional feature. If you prefer, you may turn off this feature and renew it each year via phone or online.
If my PMI membership is set to automatically renew, does this mean my certification/credential also will renew automatically?
No. The renewal of your membership and certifications, fees and processes are different. To see the status of both, log in to PMI.org and go to your myPMI profile to view your status.
Renewing Your Membership
What happens if I do not renew my membership on time?
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.
When do I need to renew my membership?
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.
Where can I go to renew my membership?
Log on to PMI.org 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.
What’s New with My Benefits?
PMI recently added a new member benefit, PMIstandards+™. What is it and how do I access it?
PMIstandards+ is PMI’s NEW digital solution providing easy, searchable access to PMI Standards and Guides PLUS original, sharable how-to articles, case studies, templates, and interactive graphics.
My benefits include access to virtual events and webinars. How do I access those?
Due to its overwhelming success, PMI is continuing the Virtual Experience Series (VES) on a quarterly basis. PMI members can register for an all-access pass to PMXPO at no charge, held in Q1 each year. Additional VES session dates and times will be available on the VES page. Free general session passes will be available for anyone interested. For those who are interested in an all-access pass, there will be a charge of US$29 for PMI members and US$79 for non-PMI members.
To access on-demand webinars, you can find those under Webinars on our Digital Community site.
Access to Your Benefits
How do I access my membership benefits?
On a desktop or tablet, navigate to the upper right-hand area corner to the purple “Log in” button. Log in using your PMI.org username and password you established during the registration process when you purchased PMI Membership. Return to the upper right-hand corner and where the log in button was and you’ll now see “myPMI” with a little drop-down arrow next to it. Click on this arrow and select the “dashboard” link. You can access your benefits from the left-hand navigation or the displayed modules within your dashboard. In addition, you can access your tools, templates, webinars, virtual events, and your network via your online community.
On mobile phones, the purple “log in” button will appear at the top in the center. Log in using your established PMI.org username and password. Once you are logged in, you’ll see the “hamburger menu”, or three stacked lines, in the upper right, next to the shopping cart. Click on the hamburger menu and choose “myPMI” and “dashboard” once the menu expands.
I just purchased PMI membership and tried to download the PMBOK® Guide, but it’s not allowing me to access it. Is there something wrong?
When you purchase membership, it may take a few minutes for our systems to sync and open up access to benefits as a member. We suggest waiting a few minutes and trying again. It can take three-to-four minutes for our systems to acknowledge your membership access.
As part of my membership I have access to online communities, tools, templates, webinars, virtual events and more. Where do I find those resources?
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 PMI.org, Facebook, or ProjectManagement.com login to continue. Find what you are looking for using the top-level navigation.
I purchased membership as part of registering for a PMI event (Conference, Seminars World). How long will it take for my membership to appear on my profile?
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
Can I become a member, then join a local chapter later? How long will the chapter membership be valid?
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.
How long does it take for my Chapter Membership to be active?
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.
What’s the difference between Student Membership and PMI 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.
Is there a new process when I apply for student membership?
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.
What if I cannot find my country on the Student Verification page? How do I complete my membership transaction?
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.
What is retiree membership and how do I qualify?
Retiree membership is available for those individuals who have officially retired from the work-force and would like to continue to engage and be involved with PMI. To qualify you must have: 1) officially retired from active work and 2) have been a PMI member in good standing for five consecutive years. To request Retiree Membership, you must email [email protected] or call +1-610-356-4600.
Payment and Local Currencies
What are the payment methods accepted by PMI?
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.
Can my membership be cancelled and refunded?
PMI Membership is non-refundable and non-transferable. You can choose to not renew your PMI membership at the time of your next expiration.
Why am I being charged an application fee?
New members are charged a small processing fee when they join PMI membership. There is no processing fee for PMI membership renewals.
Can I have a discount on the membership dues fee?
PMI does not offer discounts on PMI membership.
Does PMI offer the ability to pay in local currency?
PMI is providing online storefronts in Brazil and India, which accept payments in local currency. PMI plans to continue its efforts to expand the local currency offerings for our customers.