Program Management Professional (PgMP) Credential Offered by Project Management Institute

World's leader in project management expands family of credentials



Oct 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Project Management Institute

    NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Program
 Management Professional (PgMPSM) credential, the newest in PMI's family of
 credentials, is being launched today to give program managers an objective
 measurement of their knowledge, skills and experience.
 
     "This new credential from the Project Management Institute broadens in
 scope how PMI is meeting the needs of industry and the expectations for
 executive management," said Mark Langley, Chief Operating Officer of PMI.
 "There has been a growing demand for this level of credential as project
 management has become even more sophisticated embracing an integrated
 approach to projects, programs and portfolios. As project and program
 managers have become more involved with strategy, development, the planning
 and implementation of multiple projects is critical. The PgMP credential
 assures the project management profession and employers that certified
 Program Management Professionals have met rigorous standards and are highly
 qualified."
 
     A certified Project Management Professionals (PMP(R)) focuses on the
 planning and implementation of a specific project, ranging from small to
 billion dollar projects. Project managers who manage an organizational
 objective through a group of projects and their shared resources may be
 managing a program, not a project, and should consider applying for the
 PgMP credential. Having the PMP credential is not a prerequisite for
 obtaining the PgMP credential.
 
     Eligible PgMP candidates who pass a sequence of three evaluations will
 be awarded the PgMP credential. The three evaluations are an extensive
 application review by a panel of program managers, a multiple-choice
 examination and a Multi-rater Assessment (MRA). PMI indicates candidates
 should expect a time-intensive and rigorous evaluation process.
 
     PMI's decision to establish the PgMP credential came after extensive
 discussions with project management practitioners and executives with
 corporations and organizations in seven countries. Once established, the
 standards were tested in a pilot program in which 32 certified PMPs
 participated.
 
     "Obtaining the PgMP credential has taken a significant effort and
 required a great deal of focus, but I know how critical the credential is,"
 said pilot participant Brian Grafsgaard, PMP, PgMP, director of
 professional services for Quality Business Solutions (QBS) in Minnetonka,
 Minnesota, USA. "The PgMP is sure to become the international standard for
 program management professionals, much like the PMP has become the standard
 for project managers."
 
     Candidates interested in applying for the PgMP credential can do so on
 PMI's online certification system. Contact PgMPSupport@PMI.org with
 questions or for assistance.
 
     About PMI
 
     With nearly 250,000 members in more than 160 countries, Project
 Management Institute (PMI) is the leading membership association for the
 project management profession. PMI is actively engaged in leading the
 profession by setting professional standards, conducting research and
 providing access to a wealth of information and resources. PMI also
 promotes career and professional development and offers certification,
 networking and community involvement opportunities.
 
     For more than 38 years, PMI has advanced the careers of practitioners
 who have made project management indispensable in achieving business
 results. For more information, please visit http://www.pmi.org/.
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE Project Management Institute
    NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Program
 Management Professional (PgMPSM) credential, the newest in PMI's family of
 credentials, is being launched today to give program managers an objective
 measurement of their knowledge, skills and experience.
 
     "This new credential from the Project Management Institute broadens in
 scope how PMI is meeting the needs of industry and the expectations for
 executive management," said Mark Langley, Chief Operating Officer of PMI.
 "There has been a growing demand for this level of credential as project
 management has become even more sophisticated embracing an integrated
 approach to projects, programs and portfolios. As project and program
 managers have become more involved with strategy, development, the planning
 and implementation of multiple projects is critical. The PgMP credential
 assures the project management profession and employers that certified
 Program Management Professionals have met rigorous standards and are highly
 qualified."
 
     A certified Project Management Professionals (PMP(R)) focuses on the
 planning and implementation of a specific project, ranging from small to
 billion dollar projects. Project managers who manage an organizational
 objective through a group of projects and their shared resources may be
 managing a program, not a project, and should consider applying for the
 PgMP credential. Having the PMP credential is not a prerequisite for
 obtaining the PgMP credential.
 
     Eligible PgMP candidates who pass a sequence of three evaluations will
 be awarded the PgMP credential. The three evaluations are an extensive
 application review by a panel of program managers, a multiple-choice
 examination and a Multi-rater Assessment (MRA). PMI indicates candidates
 should expect a time-intensive and rigorous evaluation process.
 
     PMI's decision to establish the PgMP credential came after extensive
 discussions with project management practitioners and executives with
 corporations and organizations in seven countries. Once established, the
 standards were tested in a pilot program in which 32 certified PMPs
 participated.
 
     "Obtaining the PgMP credential has taken a significant effort and
 required a great deal of focus, but I know how critical the credential is,"
 said pilot participant Brian Grafsgaard, PMP, PgMP, director of
 professional services for Quality Business Solutions (QBS) in Minnetonka,
 Minnesota, USA. "The PgMP is sure to become the international standard for
 program management professionals, much like the PMP has become the standard
 for project managers."
 
     Candidates interested in applying for the PgMP credential can do so on
 PMI's online certification system. Contact PgMPSupport@PMI.org with
 questions or for assistance.
 
     About PMI
 
     With nearly 250,000 members in more than 160 countries, Project
 Management Institute (PMI) is the leading membership association for the
 project management profession. PMI is actively engaged in leading the
 profession by setting professional standards, conducting research and
 providing access to a wealth of information and resources. PMI also
 promotes career and professional development and offers certification,
 networking and community involvement opportunities.
 
     For more than 38 years, PMI has advanced the careers of practitioners
 who have made project management indispensable in achieving business
 results. For more information, please visit http://www.pmi.org/.
 
 
 
 
 
 SOURCE Project Management Institute