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PMI Certifications Information

PMI Certifications Information


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PMI Certifications

PMI professional certification ensures that you’re ready to meet the demands of projects and employers across the globe.

Developed by practitioners for practitioners, PMI certifications are based on rigorous standards and ongoing research to meet the real-world needs of organisations.

With a PMI certification behind your name, you can work in virtually any industry, anywhere in the world, and with any project management methodology. 

Visit PMI to find out how to apply for a certification.


PMI offers eight certifications to meet your experience and needs:

  • The Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM®) demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.  See PMI's CAPM Exam Guidance for more details.
  • The Project Management Professional (PMP®) is the gold standard of project management certification. Recognised and demanded by organisations worldwide, the PMP validates your competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams.   See PMI's PMP Exam Guidance for more details. 
  • The Program Management Professional (PgMP®) is designed for those who manage multiple, complex projects to achieve strategic and organizational results.  
  • The Portfolio Management (PfMP®) signifies advanced competency in the coordinated management of one or more portfolios to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) formally recognises your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.)
  • The Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP®) certification recognises demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the specialised area of assessing and identifying project risks along with plans to mitigate threats and capitalise on opportunities.
  • The Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP®) certification recognises demonstrated knowledge and advanced experience in the specialised area of developing and maintaining project schedules.
  • Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA®) highlights your expertise in business analysis. It spotlights your ability to work effectively with stakeholders to define their business requirements, shape the output of projects and drive successful business outcomes.

 Read PMI's guide on their certifications.

The PMP exam will reflect the new exam content from 1 July 2020. Read about the changes.



Types of PMI Certification training


PMINZ CPN (Certification Preparation Network)

A facilitated study group session that runs for approximately 16 weeks (up to two hours per week) in some of the branches throughout the year. Participants work through the PMBOK® Guide (sixth edition) with guidance from a PMP® certified PMINZ volunteer. NZD$120. Check out the events pages to see if a CPN is offered in your region.


Millpond provide professional classroom, virtual classroom and on-demand PMI certification training. 

Read about their exam preparation courses for Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®  

Read about their exam preparation courses for Project Management Professional (PMP)®

PMI NZ Chapter members receive the following discounts on PMI certification training:

  • 10% discount on classroom based exam preparation training
  • $200 discount on virtual classroom based exam preparation training


PM Training School is a PMI Registered Education Provider that provides training in PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-ACP®, PMI-RMP® and PMI PBA ®

See details about their exam preparation classes for Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ®  

See details about their exam preparation classes for Project Management Professional (PMP)®

See details about their exam preparation classes for PMI- Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) ®

See details about their exam preparation classes for PMI- Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) ®

See details about their exam preparation classes for PMI- Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) ®

PMI NZ Chapter members receive the following discounts on PMI certification training:

  • 15% discount on classroom-based exam preparation Course
  • Further discounts on virtual classroom-based exam preparation Course


PMI Project Management Basics

Project Management Basics is the official PMI online course to build your project management skills and prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®  certification exam. USD $350 members and USD $400 for non-members. Find out more



Registered Educational Providers (R.E.P.s)

PMI Registered Educational Providers (R.E.P.s) are organisations that have been approved to offer training in project management.  To earn the R.E.P. designation, a provider must meet or exceed rigorous standards for quality and effectiveness as defined by PMI.

Find a REP 

PMI Certification Registry

PMI maintains an up-to-date registry of individuals who have earned one of its certifications. The online registry provides a realtime directory of all current PMI credential holders.

Search the registry. 


Professional Development Units 

All PMI certfiications, with the exception of CAPM, require that you engage in continuous professional development in order to remain certified. Professional Development Units (PDUs) are the measuring unit used to quantify your professional development activities. Read more about maintaining your PMI certification.

Read about ways to earn PDUs.

To report PDUs, log in at the Project Management Institute's Continuing Certfiication Requirements System portal.


Certification Preparation Network

The Certification Preparation Network (CPN) is a 12–16 week programme, offered in a number of Branches throughout New Zealand, to help you study towards sitting the Project Management Professional (PMP®) or Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) qualification.

This exclusive programme is facilitated by local experienced and certified project managers who share their experiences to enhance your learning. Each participant pays $120 at the beginning of the semester. This can be paid online or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – details will be provided by the CPN facilitator.


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PMI global outsources computer-based exam services to Pearson VUE

To search for test centres in your area visit Find Test Centre.

Exam scheduling instructions

It is important to allow enough time to apply for eligibility to sit the exam, and once approved, to book and pay for the exam. 

Read PMI's PMP exam guidance.



Click the Read more button below to see the Frequently Asked Questions about New Zealand's Certification Preparation Network.

Frequently asked questions about New Zealand's Certification Preparation Network

What is the difference between the CAPM and PMP® exams?

The CAPM® exam is based on the entire content of the PMBOK Guide, so the only source of information you need to memorise and understand is the PMBOK Guide.  CAPM questions will test knowledge and awareness, but not necessarily application of the practices, tools and techniques captured in the PMBOK Guide. See these sample CAPM questions

CAPM® candidates will need to know all the formulae but the related questions will be straightforward. CAPM® candidates will not be tested on Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

The PMP® exam is based on the results of a role delineation study that captures the abilities that a competent project manager should be able to demonstrate. PMI have produced a PMP® Examination Content Outline document that defines what needs to be mastered. 

The PMP® Exam questions will be situational and lengthy. They will be designed to test your knowledge. See these sample PMP questions

In 2017 A Guide to Project Management Body Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Sixth Edition was published. 


How do I register to sit the exam?

Log in to your PMI account. 

Then, register to apply to sit the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, or register to sit the Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) exam.


Should I sit  the paper-based test or the computer-based test?

The exam process itself is fairly similar. Some people do the paper-based test because they like to flick forward and backward throughout the exam working with physical paper. But this is also possible via the computer-based test.  You can mark questions and revisit by going back to the digital index.

The computer-based test is slightly more expensive than the paper-based text.

People who sit the computer-based test ,will get their results immediately after they finish the exam. The paper-based exam results take between 2–8 weeks to be sent out.


As well as the study group, what else should I do to prepare?

The CPN facilitators can give you some good tips on how to prepare.  We suggest you study for 6–10 hours week by reading the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition and other texts and making study notes, and practising sample questions and tests. The CPN study groups will be using the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition.


What additional sources of information are recommended? 

We suggest that as well as becoming thoroughly familiar with aligned to the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition, you supplement your PMP® and CAPM® exam preparation with other resources and tools.
Past participants have found these resources useful:

  • Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep Ninth Edition (aligned to the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition).
  • Brainbok is a complete self-study toolkit. Contains a unique Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs (ITTO) tool, an exam simulator with 1000+ sample questions, 2000 flashcards that double up as study notes, multi-dimensional quizzes, performance reports, project management formula guide, and a course completion certificate for contact hours.
  • Rita Mulcahy’s CAPM Exam Prep Third Edition (aligned to the PMBOK Guide – Fifth Edition).
  • provides online courses and resources.
  • Andy Crowe’s The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try – Fifth Edition (aligned to the PMBOK Guide – Fifth Edition).
  • Sean Whitaker’s The PMP Training Kit and PMP Rapid Review (aligned to the PMBOK Guide – Fifth Edition).

Google ‘PMP Exam preparation’ or ‘CAPM Exam preparation’ and you’ll find a range of videos, resources, and information to choose from to help you study.


When and where are the New Zealand exams?

In Auckland the PMP® and CAPM® exams are offered as computer based tests. These can be booked on almost any date throughout the year.

Computer based tests for CAPM® can be booked on almost any date throughout the year at a number of testing centres across the three cities.

In Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin the PMP exam is only offered as a paper based test.

Find out about sitting the computer-based exams.


How is the CPN fee of $120 paid?

Once you sign-up for the CPN, you can opt to pay via Paypal or you can request an invoice from PMINZ. This will contain instructions for payment into the nominated bank account. As the CPN is a voluntary service we provide for our members, you will need to become a PMI and PMINZ member before joining.


What if I miss the application deadline?

If you fail to register for your exam, pay the booking fee, and book in the exam before the cut-off date, you can only apply for the next available exam.


What previous education is applicable for my exam application?

Any training related to project management (project quality, scope, schedule, budget, human resources, communications, risk, procurement, or integration) will count towards the formal education requirement.

The CPN programme can provide a number of hours towards your PMI education. Study group sessions are generally 1.5 hours each week for between 12–16 weeks and, in the case of the PMP® exam, you can count these hours up till you submit you exam application. In the case of CAPM®, you can count all the hours till the end of the CPN programme.

You will need to look elsewhere for extra hours if you need them. Self-study and attending local branch meetings are not counted.


Should I get my CAPM certification before applying for the PMP?

CAPM® is not a pre-requisite for PMP® – it is a separate certification aimed at those who do not have the experience required for PMP®. We suggest you sit whichever exam you meet the eligibility requirements for.