The Project Management Institute – PMI

The Project Management Institute is an international, non-profit professional association representing project managers. Organized into 200 chapters in 125 countries, PMI now has 200,000 members from a variety of sectors including aerospace, automotive, business management, construction, engineering, financial services, information technology, pharmaceutical and telecommunications.

PMI sets project management norms, organizes seminars, training programs and offers its own professional certification (Project Management Professional – PMP).



PMI ensures that project management research results are shared with Association members through various activities:

  • Organizing a biennial project management research conference
  • Pursuing external grants
  • Identifying research topics
  • Maintaining a research database


  • Books: PMI publishes more than 1,000 titles, including books, training tools and learning products
  • Periodicals: PMI publishes three periodicals: PM Network, a monthly professional magazine; Project Management Journal, a quarterly professional journal; and PMI Today, a monthly newsletter
  • Knowledge & Wisdom Center (K&WC): Hub for literature and information sources in the field of project management


  • Worldwide seminars: Many seminars are scheduled throughout the year all over the world.
  • eLearning program: Contents of training seminars available online.
  • Academic pursuit: Post-secondary degrees in project management.
  • Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) database: Online directory of project management suppliers and training products.
  • PMI Educational Foundation: This independent organization was created by PMI to financially support research studies and award bursaries.


  • Global congresses: The global PMI congresses combine workshops, conferences, fairs and networking along a different theme every year. Four major regions are covered: Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); North America; Latin America; Asia/Pacific.
  • Corporate networking: A variety of opportunities are provided to collaborate and exchange with other companies regarding project management.


  • PMBOK: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, published by PMI, outlines the best practices within the project management discipline. Also available in French.
  • Certification: Since 1984, PMP (Project Management Professional) has been the leading credential in the field. In 1999, PMI was the first organization to obtain ISO 9001 recognition for it.
PMP certification process
1. Pre-requisite to pass the PMP exam:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent + 36 months’ professional experience in project management over eight years + 35 hours of training in project management
  • College or high school diploma or equivalent + 60 months’ experience in project management over eight years + 35 hours of training in project management
2. Request for authorization to test letter
3. Sit for exam in the year following the receipt of the authorization to test letter: Computerized multiple choice exam with 200 questions – Pass grade: 61% – Maximum of three attempts


Each year, PMI recognizes professionals having contributed to the recognition and development of project management and of PMI. Prizes are awarded in three categories:

  • Research and literature
  • Volunteer contributions
  • Services rendered to the profession and to the Institute

In addition, the Project of the Year is awarded to a team for outstanding project execution, management and performance.


PMI posts jobs on its Web site and those of its chapters. It also organizes an annual career event for project management jobs called PMI Career Connections.


PMI has 17 chapters in Canada: Vancouver, British Columbia, Southern Alberta, Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Canada’s Technology Triangle, Southwestern Ontario, Lakeshore, Southern Ontario, Durham Highlands, Ottawa Valley, Montreal, Quebec City, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland-Labrador.

Each chapter has its own organization, with its own regional events and activities. To become a member, contact your region’s association directly.

List of the 17 Canadian PMI chapters network