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PMP Certification Guide: Overview and Career Paths

Indilens Web Team: PMP was the first certification of Project Management Institute, which is the world’s largest Project Management Organization. After PMP, the associate level certification for project management was introduced. Known as CAPM, it paves the path for advanced level certification.

Contrast to your belief, these are not the only certification PMI offers. There are many career paths available for project managers currently. In this PMP Certification Guide, we will take you through the overview of PMI and various career paths it opens up for professionals.

PMI Overview

PMI is a helping hand which polishes their knowledge and gives them the proof of their credibility. Started in early 80’s, PMI has more the 4 Lakh members in 180 countries.

PMI, in association with other organizations, provides opportunities for networking, research, education, advocacy to more than 3 million professionals related to project management by using project management tools and other resources. Its associate organizations incorporate the PMI Educational Foundation ProjectManagement.com, human system international.

Career Paths for Project Managers

  1. Certified associate in project manager (CAPM)

It is an associate level certification exam, it is for those who are not having relevant experience in project management but still want to pursue project management related career. CAMP certification proves your basic understanding of project management concepts. The exam pattern includes MCQ’s.Prerequisites for this certification are – High school diploma with 1,500 hours project management experience or 23 hours of Project management education.

  1. Project management professional (PMP)

Most-valued among all the PMI certification, it is most worthy attainment in every context that a candidate must possess. PMP Certification  improves job opportunity with a good salary.


       A high school diploma and 5 years of Project Management experience plus 7,500 hours of project leading experience and 35 hours of project management training.


       A four-year degree plus 3 years of Project Management experience plus 4,500 hours of projects leading experience plus 35 hours of PM training.


  1. Program Management Professional (PgMP)

It is aimed at program managers who can efficiently manipulate several major projects while dealing with business objectives. The exam involves 170 MCQ’s that are to be done in 4 hrs.




       Secondary degree with 6,000 hours of project management experience and 10,500 hours of program management experience



       Four-year degree with 6,000 hours of project management experience and program management experience


  1. Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)

It is for the senior-level practitioner who may manage a portfolio of operations, projects, and programs with efficient business strategy.


       Eight years of professional business experience with either:

       Secondary degree and 10,500 hours of portfolio management experience


       Four-year degree and 6,000 hours of portfolio management experience.


  1. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

A candidate well versed with agile practices of project management and knows the appropriate use of tools and techniques.


       2,000 hours of general project experience working on teams with 1,500 hours of working with agile methodologies on the agile project team and 21 hours of training in agile practices.


  1. Risk Management Professional (PMI- RMP PMI)

For those Project managers, who are focused advanced knowledge and experience in risk management including large or complex projects, this certificate can prove an asset.


Secondary degree with

       4,500 hours of project risk management experience

       40 hours of project risk management training


Four-year degree with

       3,000 hours of project risk management experience

       30 hours of project risk management training


The career paths for particular fields:

       CAPMs and PMPs could become:


o   Project Manager

o   Project Management Office Directors

o   Project Schedulers

o   Project Coordinators


       PMI-ACP can choose to become:


o   Scrum masters


       PgMPs and PfMPs can find good opportunities in the employment, related to Managing and directing multiple programs and strategic corporate portfolios.


       PMI-PBA can get the jobs as Policy Planners or Business Analyst.


       PMI-RMP certified people are eligible to go for Managing and reducing risk roles for project managers.

Other than these roles one can play many other roles in different industries, as demand of project managers are increased readily.