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General Questions

What is the PMD Pro?

How much does the PMD Pro Guide cost?

How much does the PMD Pro Exam cost?

Does PM4NGOs run PMD Pro training?

Is there a Self Study pathway?

PMD Pro Certification

What is the PMD Pro Certification?

How long is the PMD Pro Certification valid through?

What are the steps to take the exam?

How many times can I take the PMD Pro Exam?

Is the PMD Pro a closed book exam?

Can I take a Sample Exam?

Are there guides for the exam process available?

How do I find or choose an invigilator to validate my exam?

PMD Pro Trainers and Training Organizations

Does PM4NGOs accredit trainers or training organizations?

How can I become a PMD Pro Trainer?

What are the requirements to include my organization in the PM4NGOs directory?

 

What is the PMD Pro?

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

Read the PMD Pro Story and watch an interview with John Cropper, PM4NGOs Board Vice Chair, at our blog. You can download the guide at no cost here.

 

 

How much does the PMD Pro Guide cost?

All learning material (guides) are available for free. The Guide is copyright by PM4NGOs and distributed under  Creative Commons BY-NC license. You can download it at the PMD Pro Guide page.

 

 

How much does the PMD Pro Exam cost?

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 PMD Pro Prices.

 

 

Does PM4NGOs run PMD Pro training?

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

Check on the Training Organizations 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.

 

 

Is there a Self Study pathway?

Yes! You might be interested in the Self-Study free options available for the PMD Pro learning and certification.

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

You can also access the self-study free website that cover the full content of the PMD Pro Guide:

If you take the Self Study pathway, then you will have to take the certification exam at its completion by yourself. You will need support from one of the training organizations or from your manager/supervisor who must have experience in using online systems. Please check the exam guides question/answer below.

 

 

What is the PMD Pro Certification?

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

If you would like to read more about the PMD Pro certification scheme, please visit the Certifications page.

Purchase the PMD Pro Level 1 exam

Purchase the PMD Pro Level 2 exam

Take the free PMD Pro sample exam

 

 

How long is the PMD Pro Certification valid through?

The PMD Pro Certification has no expiration date for now. Considering that a several year old certification might not be a good evidence of your professional skill. For that reason, PM4NGOs is planning to launch a Continuing Professional Development Program in 2018/2019. When that happens, PMD Pro Certification will be reinforced by digital badges that acknowledge your cointinuing skill development.

 

 

What are the steps to take the exam?

Before taking the exam you must attend a training course or follow one of the available self-study pathways. We recommend that even if you have experience with other project management methodologies that you read the PMD Pro Guide, decide between a course or self-study, and then take the exam.

Purchase the PMD Pro Level 1 exam

Purchase the PMD Pro Level 2 exam

Take the free PMD Pro sample exam

 

 

How many times can I take the PMD Pro Exam?

You can take the exam as many times you need.  Please contact your trainer or invigilator to purchase new attempts and re-exam. If you do not pass the exam after couple of attempts, we strongly recommend that you search for a mentor.

 

 

Is the PMD Pro Exam a closed book test?

Yes. The PMD Pro Exam is a closed book examination. This means that during your exam you should not have a hard or online copy of the PMD Pro 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.

 

 

Can I take a Sample Exam?

Yes! The sample exam is free of costs and you can take as many times as you want. There are PMD Pro Levels 1 and 2 Sample Exams available at the APMG Sample Exams page.

 

 

Are there guides for the exam process available?

Yes. PM4NGOs and APMG have developed guides for individual candidates and trainers:

  • Guide to PMD Pro Exams – Individual Candidates
  • Guide to PMD Pro Exams – Trainers
    • Practice Exam – Handout
    • Taking the Real Exam – Handout

Please access Exam Guides Page to download them.

 

 

How do I find or choose an invigilator?

The exam is online, which means that you do not need to attend to an appointment at a facility. If you are taking a training course provided by an organization, they will probably invigilate your exam.

If you have taken the self-study pathway, you can purchase your exam and select your invigilator, who might be:

  • You can invite your manager, director, or a representative from the Human Resources department of your organization.
  • A representative from a training organization (visit the training organizations directory and please contact them directly to verify if they offer this service).

Please remember to access Exam Guides Page to download them and share with the invigilator you select.

 

 

Does PM4NGOs accredit trainers or training organizations?

No, PM4NGOs does not accredit trainers or training organizations. However, we offer a free Trainers Hub for registered trainers to exchange materials and knowledge and we also offer free a Training Organizations Directory to help professionals finding training courses. Please click here if you would like to read more about these features.

 

 

How can I become a PMD Pro Trainer?

Please click here if you would like to know how to become a PMD Pro Trainer.

 

 

What are the requirements to include my organization in the PM4NGOs directory?

Please click here if you would like to know how to include your organization in the PM4NGOs directory.

 

 

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