PMI’s Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

credential recognizes the advanced experience and skill of program managers. related projects and their resources to achieve strategic business goals.
PgMP credential holders oversee the success of a program, grouping related projects together to realize organizational benefits not available if they were managed separately. It’s the perfect fit if you define projects, assign project managers and oversee programs.
Obtaining your PMP certification:
This course suites a program manager looking to demonstrate a proven ability to manage and align a program of work including projects and programs which enable realisation of organizational strategy and objectives; increase your visibility and value with your organization; and separate yourself in the eyes of employers, the PgMP credential is right for you.

Program Management Certification Requirements

Eligibility: Before you can apply for the PgMP exam, you must meet specific eligibility criteria and agree to adhere to the PMI Code of Professional Conduct.

Category 1
– You hold a four year baccalaureate degree or equivalent (the subject does not matter)


At least four years (6,000 hours) experience 'directing and leading' of program management experience

6,000 Hrs

All applicants must possess a minimum of eight years (96 months) of unique months of non-overlapping of professional business experience.

96 Months

Allowable timeframe for accumulating experience, prior to date of application

15 years


Category 2
– You hold a high school diploma or equivalent


At least seven years (10,500 hours) experience 'directing and leading' of portfolio management experience

10,500 Hrs

All applicants must possess a minimum of eight years (96 months) of unique months of non-overlapping of professional business experience.

96 Months

Allowable timeframe for accumulating experience, prior to date of application

15 years

Obtain an eligibility guide prior to starting :
The supporting documentation/information required by a candidate before applying for the examination is: -
Educational background (degree or diploma or equivalent for Category 1)

Experience verification form(s) meeting the requirements above + referees to verify the time claimed for each project listed. .

 Potential candidates must also agree to abide by the PMI Code of Ethics.
Application: Prior to sitting the exam, you must lodge your application via the register and log in to our online system (PMI Melbourne Chapter does NOT administer the examination).
The first step in the application process requires completing the on-line application forms to demonstrate your eligibility, PMI staff then review your application for completeness.
Navigate to the ‘how to apply’ links at PMI Global:
For complete details regarding the PgMP eligibility requirements, please view the PgMP Handbook for further details.
If you have not gained enough experience in project and program management to meet these eligibility requirements, consider the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential.
Once your on-line application has been assessed and determined to be complete, PMI will send you electronic notification to submit payment of the credential fee. This requires you to go back into the on-line certification system to: select your examination delivery method, request any special facilities, and submit payment.
After making your payment, your application will either be randomly selected for PMI's Audit process or you will receive your examination scheduling instructions.
After receiving your email advising your candidate details, scheduling your examination is straightforward. All eligible candidates can quickly and easily schedule, cancel and reschedule their certification examinations on-line.

Examination: You must pass a multiple-choice examination designed to objectively assess and measure your project management knowledge. The examination is computer-based and comprises 170 multiple-choice questions. The allotted time to complete the examination is 4 hours.
Discounts are offered to members on both the examination fees and the PMI Melbourne Chapter course fees. For additional information on the benefits of joining PMI see Membership Benefits [Link to http://www.melbourne.pmi.org.au/view/45.aspx] or for additional information regarding the course fees [ Link to http://www.pmi.org/ ]
All PMI examinations are administered exclusively by Prometric, a leading worldwide provider of testing and assessment services.  Test facilities are currently available in Melbourne and Sydney.  You can sit your exam at any time throughout the year at either facility and have a 12 moth window from the date your application is accepted.
Paper based exams are offered from time to time in other centres (contact the local PMI Chapter for details)

Continuing Certification: Once you have passed your PfMP examination, you maintain your certification status by 'earning' 60 PDU (Professional Development Unit) points in a three year cycle. These PDU points can be earned in a number of ways including attendance at PMI events, seminars and specified training.  For additional information visit our Continuing Certification Page

Additional Information:
For general enquiries contact the PMI Melbourne Chapter Professional Development Director: development@melbourne.pmi.org.au
For specific course information contact the training provider (refer to the Upcoming Training List).

2.5 on the Professional Development Page there is a separate link which needs to link to the exam prep courses which are found under Professional Development: