The PgMP certification recognizes advanced experience, skill and performance in the oversight of multiple, related projects and their resources aligned with an organizational objective. PgMP certification holders oversee the success of a program — a way to group multiple, related projects to achieve benefits that may not be realized if the projects were managed in a stand-alone fashion.
As project managers advance in their careers, the experience they gain in managing multiple, related projects and making decisions that advance strategic and business objectives demonstrates this competence. As employers demand program managers who can support the strategic objectives of the organization, PgMP certification holders will gain a distinct advantage in employment and promotional
opportunities over their peers.
If you have the proven ability to manage multiple, related projects and navigate complex activities that span functions, organizations, regions or cultures and to align results with organizational goals, then you’re a potential PgMP.
You must pass two evaluations to obtain the PgMP certification. This process takes approximately 60 days to complete.
Evaluation 1—Panel Review: The initial evaluation occurs through an extensive application review during which a panel of certified program managers will assess your professional experience based on your responses to the Program Management Experience Summaries provided on the application.
Evaluation 2—Multiple-Choice Examination: The next step occurs with the multiple-choice examination in which you will be called upon to demonstrate your competence in both situational and scenario-based questions.
Earning a PgMP certification provides several advantages to the professional, including recognition of their expertise in program management, increased credibility with clients and stakeholders, and higher earning potential.
According to PMI’s Project Management Salary Survey, PgMP certified professionals earn a median salary of 31% more than non-certified program managers (see other reasons to apply for).