Become an internationally certified Project Manager

Project DPro provides project managers the skills needed to deliver effective, transparent results to donors and communities. The courses and certifications are valuable to all development professionals, from the field staff to project and program managers.

Why Project DPro?

– Provides a comprehensive and participatory approach to project management.
– Common and contextualized vocabulary and framework specifically for managing development projects.
– Develops professionals’ understanding of the value of a project management standard language and tools.
– Provides a practical toolkit that can be adapted to any organizational project environment.
– Enhances professionals’ ability to deliver projects on time, on budget, and within scope.

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.


The Project DPro Foundation certification (level 1) 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 Project DPro Foundation 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 our partner APMG International and requires candidates to demonstrate that they know and understanding content of the Project 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 Project DPro Foundation examination are found in the Appendix of the Project DPro Guide.

Important note about 1st and 2nd editions’ exams (Foundation):
It is no longer possible to purchase 1st edition (old level 1) exams. However, any unused level 1 exams (1st edition) that you/your organization have can:
– be taken until September 2020.
– shifted to the 2nd edition upon request to APMG.
Please contact our team if you need any additional information or support.

To become a Project DPro Practitioner you need to have passed the Foundation examination for Project DPro (PMD Pro 1) and demonstrate your ability to apply and analyze the contents of the Guides.

Becoming a member of the DPro+ platform is the first step to become a practitioner. There you will find ongoing self-learning opportunities and curated content for continuous development. DPro+ is also the site where certified Project DPro and Program DPro professionals can meet to connect with each other and learn about job and mentoring opportunities. There are forums with postings from people in the humanitarian and development sectors, and links to regular PM4NGOs webinars and activities.

When you decide to pursuit your Practitioner Certification, you will need to register and complete activities from the 3 learning sections: Professional Development, Informal Learning, and Giving Back.

The development of the new Project DPro Practitioner certification is at the final stage, running a pilot with volunteers and training partners, and it will be launched at the beginning  of 2021.

Pre-register for the Project DPro Practitioner examination:
Click here to access a pre-registration form and receive updates about the examination.

Contact our team if you need any additional information or support.


Take the free Project DPro practice exam available at PM4NGOs website or access APMG Sample Exams


Accessible and affordable exams – from just US$22. Click in the button below to check pricing levels.

Trainers and Invigilators

Training partners that offer Project DPro courses and provide invigilation.

Continuing learning

Join the DPro+ community and engage with other certified Project Managers

F. A. Q.

Check the answers to frequently asked questions or send your message / request to our team.

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