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Specialized, cost-effective, professional program management certification for the development sector

Developed in partnership with PM4NGOs – a renowned organization committed to optimizing international project investments and improving project management skills in the development sector.

PgMD Pro is the definitive certification to learn and confirm you have the skills to help realise non-governmental organizations' (NGOs) ambitions through exemplary program management.

Certify your ability to:

  • Perform as a fully-fledged program manager – able to offer leadership to project managers and their teams
  • Align projects with the goals and overarching strategy of an organization
  • Deliver high quality humanitarian, development and environmental programs
  • Conquer the challenge of coordination, creating synergies between projects and maximising impact of programs
  • Thrive in a dynamic sector – able to innovate with solutions that allow country and regional teams to be responsive
  • Play an essential contributing role in helping NGOs address poverty, disease, violence, social injustice, environmental degradation and humanitarian disaster.

Accessible and affordable exams – anywhere in the world

Certification has been priced to make the cost affordable to staff working for NGOs anywhere in the world, with certification available from just US$40 for staff of local NGOs working in the developing world, students and volunteers.

Exams are delivered online via APMG’s secure and user-friendly online exams platform.

Exams are currently available for the PgMD Pro Level 1 Certification - with Level 2 expected to be released soon.

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Training courses for NGO and development sector program managers

Training courses for the PgMD Pro Certification are delivered by quality assessed training providers. Book a training course with a training provider via the PN4GOs website.

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Tap into free program manager guidance anytime

The Program Guide (PgMD) is a free learning resource for program managers in the development sector.

It approaches the program life in a comprehensive manner, incorporating the disciplines, tools and templates needed to deliver successful programs.

The Guide is available free on the PM4NGOs website – offering immediately accessible program guidance.

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How do I sit the exam?

In order to make these as accessible and as affordable as possible, the PgMD Pro Level 1 exam rely on honesty and the professional conduct of the candidates.

You can sit the online exam wherever you will be undisturbed for the duration of the exam and have access to a reliable internet connection.

When you register for the exam, you will be asked to nominate an individual, for example a senior manager in your organization, to invigilate / proctor your exam.

Any allegations or suspicions of dishonesty will be investigated. If the claims are justified, the candidate will be barred from taking further APMG certifications, and, at the discretion of the examination board, the candidate's employer may be sanctioned, which may entail requiring candidates from that organization, in the future, to sit exams at an approved test centre, which would incur additional cost.

Register for the Level 1 exam here.

Who should take this certification?

PgMD Pro certification is designed for program managers, team members and support staff working for NGOs on development and relief projects.

Is the PgMD Pro exam an open or closed book exam?

The PgMD Pro exam is a closed book exam.

How much does it cost to sit the PgMD Pro examinations?

The price of PgMD Pro exams is dependent on the location of the candidate and the location of the NGO they are working for:

  • For staff of local NGOs working in the developing world and Students in the developing world the cost is $40 USD per exam.
  • For staff of international NGOs working in the developing world and staff of government ministries the cost is $110 USD per exam.
  • For all others, including, but not limited to, HQ-based staff of international NGOs, staff of multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies or consultants, the cost is $260 USD per exam.

Are there any pre-requsites for PgMD Pro certification?

There are no pre-requisites to applying for Level 1 certification.

Which languages are the PgMD Pro examinations available in?

The PMD Pro Level 1 examinations are available in English.

How long are the PgMD Pro certifications valid for?

The certifications are not valid for a defined period of time and will not expire.


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