As a program manager, you’re a senior-level practitioner on the forefront of advancing your organization’s strategic goals. You manage multiple, related projects in a coordinated way, achieving benefits that could not occur if the projects were handled separately.

About the PgMP Credential

The PgMP credential recognizes the advanced experience, skill, and performance in the oversight of multiple,  related projects and their resources aligned with an organizational objective. PgMP credential 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 credential holders will gain a distinct advantage in employment and promotional opportunities over their peers.

Who Should Apply?

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.

Steps to become PgMP Certified:

  1. Take our PMI endorsed PgMP exam preparation course
  2. Fill out PMI’s PgMP application online to qualify to sit for the PgMP exam
  3. Start studying as per our recommended study plan.
  4. PMI will review your application. A panel of program managers will review your work experience and verify all aspects of your application to make sure you have relevant program management experience and that you qualify to sit the exam.
  5. Once you are approved, you will be asked to pay the exam fees.  The cost for the PgMP exam (payable to PMI) is as follows:
    • Non-member: US$1,000.00
    • Member: US$800.00 (to become a member, you will need to pay $139 to PMI on their website.  You will become a PMI member for 1 year)
  6. PMI will issue you a code to use in scheduling the exam and a link to the Prometric website where you will schedule the exam date at a testing center near you.
  7. Schedule your exam date.
  8. Sit the PgMP exam – 170 multiple-choice questions, and you have four hours to complete it.
    • The multiple-choice examination calls upon you to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge to a variety of situational or scenario-based questions.

How do I Maintain my PgMP certification after I pass the exam?

  • To maintain your PgMP, you must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three years.
  • You do not need to retake any exams.

Cost for the PgMP exam (payable to PMI)

  • Member: US$800.00
  • Non-member: US$1,000.00

Prerequisites for the PgMP exam

  • 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


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

The PgMP handbook provided from PMI can be accessed at this link