PgMP certification is an advanced well suited for professionals managing, coordinating multiple and related projects. The certification is maintained and issued by the Project Management Institute and is the next step after certification as a Project Management Professional. The certification identifies the responsibilities associated with the profile of a Program Manager and Project Director. Candidates with this certification are globally in high demand. They are considered to have the necessary knowledge and skills for delivering business objectives and maximizing the results by grouping projects rather than approaching them in a standalone environment.
The certification plays an instrumental role in advancing careers and the experience that project management professionals gains. It represents an employee who is capable of supporting the organizational objectives while providing a distinct advantage to the organization.
As in the case of other certifications, the first step is to procure the application form, duly fill it and submit it within the given time frame. A candidate can opt for submitting the form online or in paper format.
Candidates are required to answer a total of 170 questions, out of which 150 are to be marked while 20 are pretest questions. The pretest questions have no impact on the total scores of a candidate. Every candidate is required to attend a 15 minute tutorial and a survey before proceeding with the exam. The examination questions have to be answered in a total of 240 minutes (4 hours)
To be eligible for sitting for the certification exam a candidate, the prerequisites can be discussed under two levels:
- A high school diploma, associate degree and
- More than 6000 hours (4 years) of professional project management work experience and
- 10,500 hours (7 years) of program management experience.
- Bachelor's degree or global equivalent and
- 6000 hours of professional experience in the field of project management
The certification aims at testing a candidate's ability and understanding of project management skills and principles. The certification is specifically designed to assess a candidate's:
- Ability to define the program;
- Ability to initiate the program;
- Ability to plan the program;
- Ability toexecute the program;
- Ability to control the program and
- Ability to close the program
PGMP is a highly desired certification by project managers and organizations alike. Planning a program and its components is a complex task. Right from the start where program vision and objectives have to be recognized to scheduling and meeting financial objectives along with statutory compliances all tasks need to be carried out by professionally trained individuals. This is where PGMP professionals step in. Organizations gain as the deliverables across multiple projects are managed in better way.Individuals with this certification are highly sought for across various organizations as these professionals represent an ability to effectively lead, direct and manage programs.
PGMP is a highly distinguished certification. My current employers encouraged me to go in for this certification. As the company was aiming for expansion, they wanted a professional to handle their strategic plans, business goals in a more consolidated manner. It was all about being responsible for ongoing projects and aligning new ones. I was suddenly holding a powerful position at my organization. It goes without saying that my resume and salary package both have soared exponentially.
Susan Wane, Crizon Consulting Group.
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