Program Management Professional

Posted on December 4, 2009 by


The PgMP® (Program Management Professional) certification from the Project Management Institute recognizes those who are responsible for managing multiple, related projects. There are several steps to achieving this certification. Candidates must have at least four years of experience managing projects. If the candidate has a Bachelor’s degree, they also must have at least four years of experience managing programs. If the candidate has a high school or Associate’s degree, they must have at least seven years of experience managing programs. After submitting an application, a panel reviews the candidate’s experience to be certain they are eligible for the certification. If so, the candidate takes a multiple-choice exam. The four-hour exam contains 150 scored questions and 20 unscored questions for a total of 170 questions. The exam sections are defining, initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the program. After passing the exam, the last step is a multi-rater assessment. An evaluation must be completed by the candidate and by 12 references of their choosing. These references should include one supervisor, four peers, four direct reports, and three professional references. If the candidate passes their multi-rater assessment, they are then awarded their PgMP certification. For more information on this certification, see PMI’s handbook: