Everything you would like to know about Project DPro and Program DPro

If you have any question about the Project DPro or Program DPro guides, certification, exam system, training, or a general question, please take a look at the frequently asked questions below. If you don´t find the answer to your question, please contact our team.

PMD Pro or Project DPro?

The Project DPro Guide is the second edition of the PMD Pro Guide. PM4NGOs has decided to rebrand the guide and certification to align with other DPro methodologies, like the Program DPro.

We will keep the PMD Pro denomination as reference at our website and publications

No. Your PMD Pro Level 1 (Foundation) certification is lifetime valid. You do not need to re-certify or request any update on your certificate. However, the PMD Pro Level 2 (Practitioner) certification is no longer lifetime valid. Take a look at the FAQs about certifications below for more details.

The first edition certification exams will remain available until September 2020, if you have already purchased your exam. Purchasing exams for the first edition content will no longer be available. Exception may apply under specific conditions. Please contact our team if you would like to purchase an exam based on the first edition, and we will analyze your request.

General Questions

The Project Management for Development Professionals Guide (Project DPro / PMD Pro 2nd Edition) provides an introductory, independent exploration of Project Management within the context of the development sector.

Read the Project DPro Story and watch an interview with John Cropper, PM4NGOs Board Vice Chair, at our video collection.

The Program Management for Development Guide (Program DPro) provides advice, tools, and guidance to assist Program Managers in more effectively fulfilling their role, whether that be at the local, regional, or international levels. Successful programs are delivered by groups of people, inside and outside an organization, working together toward achieving the same goal.

PM4NGOs is the organization that owns Project DPro (PMD Pro) and Program DPro methodologies, guides, and certification exam scheme. PM4NGOs does not grant exclusivity of Project DPro (PMD Pro) or Program DPro guides, certification exams, invigilation, or training, neither per region / country or any other criteria.

All learning material (guides) are available for free. The Guide is copyright by PM4NGOs and distributed under  Creative Commons BY-NC license.

If you or your organization is willing to incorporate, distribute, or adapt the Project DPro or Program DPro Guide, please observe the Creative Commons indicate in each guide and read the Terms, Conditions, and Reference for using our methodologies and content.

If you or your organization is willing to incorporate, distribute, or adapt the Project DPro or Program DPro Guide, please observe the Creative Commons indicate in each guide and read the Terms, Conditions, and Reference for using our methodologies and content.

The examination is available on-line via the APMG International web-based certification engine. Prices have been established that aim to make the cost of access affordable to staff working for NGOs anywhere in the world.

Please click here to check the Project DPro exams pricing.

No. PM4NGOs is the guardian of Project DPro, Program DPro, and other methodologies. We are also a platform to connect professionals and training organizations and, for that reason, we do not run training courses.

Check on the Training Partners  page to find the nearest training organization. We would like to ask you to contact them directly. They will be able to enroll you in a training course and apply the certification exam at its completion.

You can also check our agenda with training and events from our partners and other seminars, webinars, and conferences that we´ve selected to share with you.

Yes! If you are interested in the self-study, there are free options available for the Project DPro learning and certification.

As an introductory learning platform, you can visit the PMD Pro Starter website. Please note that the PMD Pro Starter does not cover the guide, but it is a good first step for your learning.

All learning materials are based on the PMD Pro 1st edition. We are working to update them to the second edition content.

PMD Pro & Program DPro Certifications

Developed with experts from several of the world’s best-known and highly regarded non-governmental organizations, the certifications are accredited by APMG-International, a global Examination Institute which works in accordance with international ISO standards for certification bodies.

Is the certification globally recognized ? Yes! Project DPro and Program DPro have been adopted by several national an and international organizations. Take a look on some of the organizations that have incorporated PM4NGOs methodologies in their project management practices and standards.

The Foundation exam (level 1) is  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. In that case you should attempt every question. Each question has only one correct answer – so do not mark more than one answer. Exam is online only: your trainees do not need to attend to an appointment at a facility. They have up to 3 hours to take the exam.

The Practitioner exam (level 2) is an activity-based assessment that is taken through PM4NGOs continuing professional development program – the DPro+ Platform.

If you are already certified at Foundation level, please access the DPro+ platform for more details on the Practitioner examination.

The Project DPro and Program DPro Foundation certificates have no expiration date.

The Practitioner certificates are valid for 3 years. During this period, practitioners are required to perform annual tasks in order to automatically renew the certificate.

Please access the DPro+ platform for more details on the Practitioner examination and renew.

Before taking the exam we recommend that you attend a training course.  

Even if you have experience with other project management methodologies, we strongly recommend that that you read the Project DPro Guide or the Program DPro Guide, decide between a taking  a training course or self-study, and then take the exam.

Take a look at the certifications page to access guidance and details about the process.

You can take the Foundation exam as many times you need.  Please contact your trainer or invigilator to purchase new attempts and re-exam. 

Yes. The Project DPro and Program DPro Foundation Exams are closed book examinations. This means that during your exam you should not have a hard or online copy of the guide available. You should also close all browser windows (except the exam one) and conference/call applications, such as Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp, Hangouts – unless you are on a call with your exam invigilator/trainer.

Yes! The sample exam is free of costs and you can take as many times as you want.

Visit the Project DPro (PMD Pro) or Program DPro certification page to access the respective sample exam.

If you are taking a training course provided by an organization, they will probably invigilate your exam. Please talk to your trainers to verify if they will provide the exams and the invigilation.

If you have taken the self-study pathway, you still need to find an invigilator.

Contact one of out training partner to verify if they offer the invigilation service. You can also contact our team to inquiry about invigilation options.

Trainers and Training Organizations

PM4NGOs has a group of training partners listed at our website to make a search for Project DPro and Program DPro training courses easier for learners and professionals. However PM4NGOs does not accredit trainers or training organizations. 

Please click here if you would like to become a PM4NGOs Training Partner.

PM4NGOs does not grant exclusivity of Project DPro (PMD Pro) or Program DPro guides or training, neither per region / country nor any other criteria.

We encourage new trainers and training organizations to develop their own training courses and help us disseminating Project DPro and Program DPro.

Please note that only PM4NGOs Training Partners and Approved Invigilators are allowed to validate the exams. Candidates can purchase his/her individual exam and look for an approved invigilator to support and validate his/her exam.

Please click here if you would like to know how to become a Project DPro or Program DPro Training Partner.

If you or your organization is willing to incorporate, distribute, or adapt the Project DPro or Program DPro Guide, please observe the Creative Commons indicate in each guide and read the Terms, Conditions, and Reference for using our methodologies and content.

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