About PMI

About PMI

Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities.


PMI offer a comprehensive credentialing program for project practitioners of all education and skill levels. PMI offers six certifications that recognize knowledge and competency, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential held by more than 370,000 practitioners worldwide. Salaries and career opportunities for credential holders show that employers recognize the value delivered by trained practitioners. PMI credentials are rigorously developed, globally accredited and easily transferable across borders and industries. Regardless of where you are in your career, PMI has a certification for you to demonstrate your expertise and your commitment to the profession.

Global Standards

Global standards are crucial to the project management profession because they ensure a basic project management framework is applied consistently worldwide. For 25 years, PM’s global standards have helped establish the Institute as the premier authority in project management, helping it mature into the global organization it is today. In fact, the American National Standards Institute has recognized PMI as a Standards Development Organization.

PMI’s standards for project, program and portfolio management are the most widely recognized standards in the profession – and increasingly the model for project management in business and government. They are developed and updated by thousands of PMI volunteers with experience in every type of project, and provide a common language for project management around the world.

Chapters and Communities of Practice

Most of PMI’s activity takes place in more than 250 geographic chapters and 30 industry- or interest- based communities of practice. These communities, open to PMI members and led by volunteers, support the knowledge sharing and professional networking that are central to our mission.