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Pearson VUE and Project Management Institute (PMI) bring increased credentialing options to U.S. military

BLOOMINGTON, MN, September 18, 2019 – Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing, is expanding access to high demand project management certifications for military personnel through its partnership with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI). PMI supports the military, veterans and their families, providing them with opportunities to advance their professional capabilities in project management.

As of July 1, 2019, all of the institute’s exams will be available to take at Pearson VUE Authorized Test Centers at U.S. military bases.

As the Department of Defense (DoD) continues its investment into professional credentialing of the forces, project management certifications are becoming an increasingly in-demand area, both in and out of service.

According to research by PMI, employers will need 87.7 million individuals working in project management-oriented roles by 2027[1]. The military and federal government use project management in a variety of different jobs functions, currently posting hundreds of roles with project management as a specific requirement.

With 1.3 million service members currently in active duty and a further 200,000 transitioning to civilian life annually, Pearson VUE’s testing network on military bases provides a convenient solution for certifying active duty and transitioning military personnel.

According to CareerOneStop, the career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor, five of the eight certifications PMI offers are considered “in demand” as they are frequently mentioned in online job postings and six are considered to draw on training and experience gained in certain military occupational specialties. Additionally, the PMP certification is accredited by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Information about how each exam is classified is available on each military branch’s Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) website.

“In our project-driven world, organizations of all shapes and sizes are increasingly recognizing the value of having a skilled workforce to deliver successful projects and business outcomes,” said Michael DePrisco, Vice President, Global Solutions at Project Management Institute, Inc. “Through their active service, military personnel gain valuable project management skills that are transferable to all types of industries. Hiring individuals with this project expertise is a smart strategy for any organization aiming to exceed its business goals.”

Areas being assessed through PMI’s certifications include leading cross-functional teams to ensure accomplishment of mission objectives (strategic leadership skill), managing budgets and conflict mediation and performance appraisal (soft skills).

“We’re proud to be working with the military in its continued drive to support the transition of active duty service members to civilian life as well as veteran employment,” said Eric D'Astolfo, Vice President, Business Development, Pearson VUE. “Our test delivery will further strengthen the PMI’s links with this workforce, enabling members to leverage valuable skills gained in active service and pursue their personal goals in project management.”

For more information about project management credentialing and how PMI supports the military, veterans and their families, visit

[1]PMI’s report, Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027, published 15th May 2017


Exams now available globally through Pearson VUE test centers after extension of PMI agreement:

  • ProjectManagement Professional (PMP)®
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®*
  • PMI Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP)®*
  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)®
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®

*Online proctoring is available for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exams (if service members do not have access to on-base testing).

About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE has been a pioneer in the computer-based testing industry for decades, delivering more than 15 million certification and licensure exams annually in every industry from academia and admissions to IT and healthcare. We are the global leaders in developing and delivering high-stakes exams via the world's most comprehensive network of nearly 20,000 highly secure test centers in 180 countries. Our leadership in the assessment industry is a result of our collaborative partnerships with a broad range of clients, from leading technology firms to government and regulatory agencies. For more information, please visit

About Project Management Institute (PMI)
Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world's leading association for those who consider project, program or portfolio management their profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than three million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. We advance careers, improve organizational success and further mature the project management profession through globally-recognized standards, certifications, communities, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, creates online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives. Visit us at and on Twitter @PMInstitute.

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