PgMP – Program Management Training


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.

The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® is a visible sign of your advanced experience and skill and gives you a distinct advantage in employment and promotion.



What is the PgMP®?
Program managers are senior-level practitioners who manage multiple related projects in a coordinated way.  Their goal is to support the organization’s strategic goals and objectives by achieving benefits and control that could not be achieved by managing individual projects separately.  The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification indicates that an individual has gained advanced experience beyond the skills required to manage individual projects.  This certification can provide a distinct advantage in employment and promotion.
According to PMI’s 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report, organizations that are mature in managing programs are far more successful in managing projects – 76 percent compared to 54 percent – than those without program management maturity.

Who Should Apply?
Anyone who has shown that they have the ability to manage multiple, related projects across functions, organizations, or regions.  Executives or functional managers who are interested in learning more about the benefits of establishing a project or program management office. Certified PMPs who would like to demonstrate a higher level of expertise in program governance and program management.

What are the Prerequisites for this Certification?
Candidates must pass two evaluations to obtain the PgMP credential. This process takes approximately four weeks to complete:

Evaluation 1—Panel Review: In this first step a panel of credentialed program managers will conduct an extensive assessment of 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 is a multiple-choice examination which will require applicants to demonstrate their competence in both situational and scenario-based questions.

To be eligible for the PgMP credential, you must meet certain educational and professional experience requirements. All project and program management experience must have been earned over the last 15 consecutive years.

Exam Format
Computer-based testing (CBT) administered at Pearson Testing Centers
170 multiple choice questions
4 hours in length

Certification Cycle
To maintain your PgMP®, you must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) every three years.

PgMP Certification Fees
The corresponding fee for PgMP certification is determined by your PMI membership status. Refer to the Examination Administration section in this handbook to see if you qualify for paper-based exam delivery. Otherwise, plan on taking a center-based test and submitting the associated fees.
Use the following chart to determine your PgMP certification fee. Most PgMP candidates are members of PMI and sit for the center-based test.

Course Content

  • 01: Introduction
  • 02: Program Management Performance Domains
  • 03: Performance Domain (1) “Program Strategy Alignment”
  • 04: Performance Domain (2) “Program Benefits Management”
  • 05: Performance Domain (3) “Program Stakeholder Engagement”
  • 06: Performance Domain (4) “Program Governance”
  • 07: Performance Domain (5) “Program Life Cycle Management”
  • 08: Program Activities
  • 09: How to write PgMP Application?
  • 10: PgMP ECO (Examination Contents Outline)
  • 11: Questions & Case studies



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