PgMP® Eligibility Criteria

The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® certification, provided by the Project Management Institute (PMI), is a prestigious credential designed for experienced program managers who want to showcase their expertise in managing complex, multiple related projects and aligning them with organizational goals. PgMP® certification holders demonstrate their ability to oversee interdependent projects and drive strategic initiatives, making them valuable assets in organizations focused on delivering results through effective program management.

Eligibility Criteria for PgMP® Exam:

To be eligible for the PgMP certification, you must meet certain educational and professional experience requirements. All project and program management experience must have been accrued over the last 15 consecutive years. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

Educational Background Project Management Experience Program Management Experience
Secondary diploma (high school diploma, associate degree or global equivalent) Minimum 48 months of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience * or PMP Minimum 84 months of unique nonoverlapping professional program management experience**
Bachelor’s or postgraduate degree from a GAC accredited program (bachelor’s or master’s degree or global equivalent) Minimum 36 months of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience* or PMP Minimum 36 months of unique nonoverlapping professional program management experience**
Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree, global equivalent or higher degree) Minimum 48 months of unique non-overlapping professional project management experience* or PMP Minimum 48 months of unique nonoverlapping professional program management experience**

*Project Management Experience—as identified under the five Process Groups defined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

**Program Management Experience—for each program listed, there must be at least two corresponding projects that share the common strategic goal and budget of the program.

Formal Education in Program Management:

Candidates must complete 35 hours of formal education in program management. This requirement can be fulfilled through formal training programs, workshops, or online courses provided by PMI Authorized Training Partners (ATPs) like us.

Application and Audit:

Once candidates believe they meet the eligibility criteria, they must submit a detailed application on the PMI website, documenting their project and program management experience and education. PMI may conduct random audits to verify the information provided.

Exam Payment:

After the application is approved (or for those not selected for an audit), candidates must pay the exam fee to schedule their PgMP® exam at a designated test center.

The PgMP® exam assesses candidates' ability to manage and align multiple projects to achieve strategic organizational objectives. Successfully passing the exam demonstrates a candidate's proficiency in program management practices, emphasizing their strategic thinking, leadership, and ability to drive business results through successful program execution.

At CoachPro Consulting, we are committed to assisting program managers in achieving their PgMP® certification objectives. Our comprehensive PgMP training courses provide the necessary knowledge and guidance to excel in the PgMP exam and take your program management career to the new heights.

Course Content

1. Strategic Program Management
2. Program Life Cycle

This is the first phase of the Program Life Cycle, where the program is defined at a broad level. The program manager is appointed, and the program's feasibility and alignment with the organization's strategic goals are assessed. The initial scope is defined, and stakeholders are identified.


In this phase, the program scope is further refined, and a detailed project plan is developed. This includes defining the program objectives, creating a work breakdown structure, estimating resources and timeframes, identifying risks, and establishing communication and reporting processes.


This phase involves putting the program plan into action. Resources are mobilized, and tasks are distributed to team members. The program manager oversees the execution of the plan, manages stakeholder expectations, and ensures that the program stays on track to achieve its objectives.


During this phase, the program manager monitors and controls the program's progress. This includes tracking key performance indicators, managing changes to the program scope, addressing issues and risks, and ensuring that quality standards are met.


The closing phase marks the formal end of the program. The program manager ensures that all deliverables have been completed satisfactorily, and that the program has achieved its objectives. A post-implementation review is conducted to capture lessons learned, and the program is officially closed out.

3. Benefits Management
4. Stakeholder Management
5. Governance

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