PMI Citizen Developer

What is Citizen Development?

Citizen development is one of the most exciting and current business movements. It enables Project Managers and other changemakers to create applications using low-code and no-code platforms, without complete reliance on the IT department and for a fraction of the cost and time commitment.

What does low-code or no-code mean?

Low-code or no-code development is the creation of applications software using graphic user interfaces or minimal basic code instead of large strings of complex coding. This term is often used to describe citizen development processes and technology. Low-code and no-code technology provides visual drag-and-drop or point-and-click user interfaces, making them easy for anyone to use.

500,000 software developer deficit in the United States alone by 2024. Source Forrester
67% of employers said they couldn't find qualified candidates to fill their open IT positions. Source Linux Academy
4 times more citizen developers than professional developers by 2023. Source Gartner
450 million apps will be built in the next five years using low-code tools. Source Microsoft

Increased IT backlogs result in bottlenecks and throttle innovation. The workforce is joining forces with IT and taking matters into their own hands with citizen development.

Are you ready to be part of the movement?

PMI's Role in the Citizen Development Movement

As a leader in project management, PMI empowers people to make ideas a reality.

PMI offers the world's first vendor-agnostic set of educational resources for citizen development.

The PMI Citizen Developer education suite provides the guiding principles of citizen development.

PMI Citizen Developer sets the industry standards and best practices for citizen development just as PMI sets the industry standards for project management.

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Project Managers are the Next Great Citizen Developers and Leaders

Project Managers can implement citizen development within their organizations to improve project management solutions. They can use low-code and no-code technology and take solutions into their own hands rather than waiting for their IT department to work through a backlog of projects with limited resources.

Citizen development benefits Project Managers by:

  • Putting the power of innovation into the hands of the people directly involved in projects.
  • Accelerating innovation.
  • Providing operational cost savings.
  • Increasing project team satisfaction.

Unlock the Full Potential of Citizen Development

Learn more about the PMI Citizen Developer education suite
and discover which path is right for you.

PMI Citizen Developer Foundation

Audience: Anyone
1.5 hours / 3 modules
2 PDUs + Certificate of Completion

Provides an introduction to citizen development, the Citizen Development Canvas, and the best practices in citizen development methodology.


Course Only

Price: $79

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PMI Citizen Developer Practitioner

Audience: Anyone
6-8 hours / 8 modules
6 PDUs + Micro-credential and Badge Award

Provides the methodologies needed to efficiently create effective and scalable applications using low-code and no-code platforms.


Course + Exam
Price: $249

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PMI Citizen Developer
Business Architect

Audience: Leaders
6-8 hours / 4 modules
8 PDUs + Micro-credential and Badge Award

Provides leaders with critical information to manage the governance process, oversee collaboration between stakeholders, and embed the organizational structures that help citizen development flourish.

Course + Exam
Price: $375

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Anyone with a desire to innovate and solve challenges efficiently can become a citizen developer.

Citizen development is much more than just building an application. The PMI Citizen Developer education suite provides the tools, frameworks, and best practices to implement citizen development projects while mitigating the risk of shadow IT. 

  • The PMI Citizen Developer Practitioner (CD-P) course provides downloadable templates for application development as well as a suitability checklist to find out if citizen development is the right approach for your proposed solution. This course is intended for the citizen developers and creates standardization of the process regardless of the tools being used.
  • The PMI Citizen Developer Business Architect (CD-BA) course provides critical information and best practices around leading and managing a group of citizen developers within an organization. Managers of citizen developers will learn to manage the governance process, oversee collaboration, and embed the organizational structures that help citizen development flourish.

Shadow IT occurs when citizen developers create applications without their IT department's knowledge. Lack of IT oversight creates risk as far as security and information architecture. The PMI Citizen Developer education suite provides the best practices and structure needed to ensure citizen developers are working alongside their IT departments instead of in a silo, thereby mitigating the risk of shadow IT.

"There will always be a need for a technology team, but viewing IT as the sole provider of technology solutions in a business is truly last-century thinking." - John Bratincevic, Forrester

The PMI Citizen Developer education suite provides the standardized framework and methodologies for using citizen development within an organization. The courses provide you the guidance so you can use any of the many citizen development tools available in the industry. You'll also receive downloadable templates and checklists to help you launch citizen development projects within your organization. This is the world's first vendor-agnostic education suite that equips you with the knowledge, tools, and best practices to help you with your citizen development journey regardless of the low-code or no-code technology you use.

No. Organizations will always need talented developers and IT departments. With the demand for apps and the shortage of developers, citizen development allows non-developers to create simple apps and automations without creating an additional backlog for developers and IT departments. Developers and IT departments will have more time to focus on more complex technical projects while still overseeing technology created by citizen developers within their organization. Learn more about the many benefits of citizen developers working together with their organization's IT departments.

The PMI Citizen Developer Partner Program is an ecosystem of low-code and no-code technology vendors and delivery organizations who are embarking on the citizen development movement.

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