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PMD Pro Certification
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Please click here if you would like to know how to become a PMD Pro Trainer.
Please click here if you would like to know how to include your organization in the PM4NGOs directory.
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