PMI Certifications explained

Which Certification is right for you?

So you’ve decided to pursue a PMI certification. Congratulations on the important decision!!

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, our certifications are based on rigorous standards and ongoing research to meet the real-world needs of organizations. With a PMI certification behind your name, you can work in virtually any industry, anywhere in the world, and with any project management methodology. 

You can apply for any certification that matches your qualifications, and no certification serves as a prerequisite for another. You don’t need to be a PMI member to obtain a credential, but there are member discounts on application and credential maintenance costs. Click on the links below to learn more about each certification and its prerequisites.

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Project Management Professional (PMP)

The PMP is the gold standard of project management certification. Recognized and demanded by organizations worldwide, the PMP validates your competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams.

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

OR

  • Four-year degree
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education
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Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

Designed for those who manage multiple, complex projects to achieve strategic and organizational results.

      • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
      • 6,000 hours of project management experience
      • 10,500 hours of program management experience

      OR

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

        Certification and Training Opportunity

        PMI Syracuse Chapter is happy to announce our new partnerships with VET2PM and PMI Toronto Chapter. After careful consideration, We have selected these two organizations as our training partners because of their high-quality training as verified with their PMI Authorized Training Partner Status, combined with their affordable discount pricing. PMI Authorized Training Partner is a crucial status to look for when looking for training, which indicates the organization has the seal of approval from PMI. To learn more about PMI Authorized Training Partners, click here.

        We hope you take advantage of these great opportunities and achieve success in your endeavors.


        Vets2PM is an organization that helps Military Members become Project Managers. They offer veteran-specific training programs, which bridge industry and profession for them. The organization provides several different choices for training, such as Evening and Daytime live webinars for PMP exams and CAPM.


        PMI Toronto Chapter offers two PMP training courses – Exam Preparation Course and Exam Bootcamp Preparation Course. They also provide a CAPM Exam Prep Course. They are PMI Authorized Training Partners, which you can confidently trust.

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            Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)

            Our portfolio management certification recognizes the advanced experience and skill of portfolio managers. The PfMP demonstrates your proven ability in the coordinated management of one or more portfolios to achieve organizational objectives.

                • All applicants must possess a minimum of eight years of professional business experience AND
                • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
                • 10,500 hours of portfolio management experience

                OR

                • Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent)
                • 6,000 hours of portfolio management experience
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                    Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

                    The CAPM demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.

                      • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent).
                      • 23 hours of project management education completed by the time you sit for the exam. Our Project Management Basics online course fulfills this educational prerequisite.
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                          PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®

                          The PMI-PBA highlights your expertise in business analysis. It spotlights your ability to work effectively with stakeholders to define their business requirements, shape the output of projects and drive successful business outcomes.

                              • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree 
                              • 7,500 hours of business analysis experience
                              • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

                              OR

                              • Bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent
                              • 4,500 hours of business analysis experience
                              • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis
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                                PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

                                Created for those who believe in and apply agile principles and practices on projects. It requires a combination of training, experience and an exam. It also bridges agile approaches such as SCRUM, XP, LEAN and Kanban.

                                      • 2,000 hours of general project experience working on teams. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.
                                      • 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies. This requirement is in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.
                                      • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices.
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                                          PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)

                                          The PMI-RMP certification recognizes demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the specialized area of assessing and identifying project risks along with plans to mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities.

                                              • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent)
                                              • 4,500 hours of project risk management experience
                                              • 40 hours of project risk management education

                                              OR

                                              • Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent)
                                              • 3,000 hours of project risk management experience
                                              • 30 hours of project risk management education
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                                                  PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

                                                  The PMI-SP certification recognizes demonstrated knowledge and advanced experience in the specialized area of developing and maintaining project schedules.

                                                    • Secondary degree
                                                    • 5,000 hours project scheduling experience
                                                    • 40 hours project scheduling education

                                                    OR

                                                    • Four-year degree
                                                    • 3,500 hours project scheduling experience
                                                    • 30 hours project scheduling education