Why becoming certified?

In an industry that relies upon projects to complete its work, a certification helps ensure that project managers are ready to effectively manage their projects around the world. The PM4NGOs certifications are internationally recognized and serve as an evidence of acquired skills and competences.

PM4NGOs offers a two-level PMD Pro certification and a one-level certification for project and program practitioners working in the development sector

Certification Exams Video Instructions
Certification Exams Video Instructions

The PMD Pro Level 1 certification (foundation) is intended for those new to project management, those with experience working in a project-based environment who are looking for a refresher, and for experienced project managers who are new to working in the international development sector.

The goal of the PMD Pro 1 Certification is to:

  • confer a professional certification status for project managers in the sector
  • provide certification and learning resources that are comprehensive, accessible and appropriate to professionals working in the sector
  • integrate content that is contextualized to the international development sector with other internationally-recognized certifications.

The examination is available on-line via the APMG International and requires candidates to demonstrate that they know and understanding content of the Project Management for Development Professionals Guide (PMD Pro Guide). The exams are multiple choice with 75 questions. The pass mark is 65% – or 49 correct questions. There is no ‘negative’ marking so an incorrect answer does not lose you marks.

The learning objectives for the PMD Pro 1 examination are found in the Appendix of the PMD Pro Guide.

» Take the free PMD Pro Level 1 sample exam (APMG website)

» Purchase the PMD Pro Level 1 exam (APMG website)

The PMD Pro Level 2 certification (practitioner) is a significantly more challenging assessment of your understanding of the project management role in the development sector, and will suit those with experience working in a project-based environment who wish to demonstrate their commitment to personal professional development.

The goal of the PMD Pro 2 is to:

  • provide a second level contextualized project management credential for the development sector.
  • provide a platform from which development practitioners can begin to pursue an internationally-accredited professional qualification in project management.

The examination is available on-line via the APMG International and requires candidates to demonstrate that they know and understanding content of the Project Management for Development Professionals Guide (PMD Pro Guide). The exams are multiple choice with 75 questions. The pass mark is 65% – or 49 correct questions. There is no ‘negative’ marking so an incorrect answer does not lose you marks.

The learning objectives for the PMD Pro 2 examination are found in the Appendix of the PMD Pro Guide.

Note: In order to take PMD Pro Level 2 you must first become PMD Pro 1 certified. 

» Take the free PMD Pro Level 2 sample exam (APMG website)

» Purchase the PMD Pro Level 2 exam (APMG website)

Program DPro is the definitive certification to learn and confirm you have the skills to help realize non-governmental organizations’ (NGOs) ambitions through exemplary program management.

Certify your ability to:

  • Perform as a fully-fledged program manager – able to offer leadership to project managers and their teams
  • Align projects with the goals and overarching strategy of an organization
  • Deliver high quality humanitarian, development and environmental programs
  • Conquer the challenge of coordination, creating synergies between projects and maximizing impact of programs
  • Thrive in a dynamic sector – able to innovate with solutions that allow country and regional teams to be responsive
  • Play an essential contributing role in helping NGOs address poverty, disease, violence, social injustice, environmental degradation and humanitarian disaster.

The examination is available on-line via the APMG web-based certification engine.

This examination is taken on-line and requires candidates to demonstrate that they know and understanding content of the Program Management for Development Professionals Guide (Program DPro Guide). The exams are multiple choice with 75 questions. The pass mark is 65% – or 49 correct questions. There is no ‘negative’ marking so an incorrect answer does not lose you marks.

The learning objectives for the Program DPro examination are found in the Appendix of the Program DPro Guide.

Note: In order to take Program DPro, we strongly recommend becoming PMD Pro (1 or 2) certified, as the PgMD Pro guide and exam refer to many of the PMD Pro content.

» Take the free Program DPro Level 1 sample exam (APMG website)

» Purchase the Program DPro Level 1 exam (APMG website)

Accessible and affordable exams – anywhere in the world

Certification has been priced to make the cost affordable to professionals and staff working for NGOs anywhere in the world, with PMD Pro certification available from just US$22 and Program DPro certification available from  just US$40.
(staff of local NGOs working in the developing world, students and volunteers)

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