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Portfolio Management - PfMP Certification

Course Description

The PfMP® certification recognizes advanced experience, skill and performance necessary to manage and align a portfolio of projects and programs to realize organizational strategy and objectives.

PfMP® certification holders oversee the success of one or more portfolios, balance conflicting demands between programs and projects, and allocate resources based on organizational priorities and capacity. As portfolio management continues to grow and organizations adopt it to achieve strategic objectives, it becomes more important to have individuals competent in this area of practice. As employers demand portfolio managers who can support the strategic objectives of the organization, PfMP® certification holders will gain a distinct advantage in employment and promotional opportunities over their peers.

While Project and Program managers are responsible for “doing work right”, this is an ideal credential for a professional to ensure that his organization is “doing the right work”.

The course is based on PMI’s The Standard for Portfolio Management® – 4th Edition that focuses on:

  • Understanding the whole process of project portfolio management and how it contributes to organizational success.
  • Learning about the benefits of portfolio management.
  • Understanding the strategic planning process, tools and techniques.
  • Understanding how best to identify and apply a selection criteria to project portfolio components.
  • Learning about change and cost management techniques.
  • Understanding about stakeholder management techniques.
  • Formulating effective project portfolio reports.
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Course Features

  • Education Edge is a PMI REP® and our course content and material has been build based on PMI’s standard along with input from industry experts in addition to our own experience of helping hundreds of professionals score above proficiency on their first attempt.
  • Tips and guidance for completing PfMP Exam Application Process.
  • All course materials are delivered by PfMP credentialed experienced industry professionals, having many years of management and consulting career in Fortune 500 Companies.
  • Weekly exams / quizzes to assess comprehension and absorption of material to identify and address gaps before moving forward.
  • 2 full scale exams during the course and 2 once the course completes to gauge your readiness to sit for the exam.
  • Access to our student blog to leverage discussions, interactions and advise from past students who have successfully cleared the exam.
  • Experience sharing session from PfMP cleared Student during the same month.
  • 24 PDUs to fulfill the application requirements or to renew your PMP or other existing certificates.


PfMP certification candidates must meet some advanced requirements to earn the designation.

To qualify for the PfMP credential, candidates must have one of the following sets of education and experience:

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent) + Minimum eight years (96 months) of professional business experience & Minimum seven years (10,500 hours) of unique non-overlapping professional portfolio management experience


  • Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) + Minimum eight years (96 Months) of professional business experience & Minimum four years (6,000 hours) of unique non-overlapping professional portfolio management experience

PfMP Certification Process Overview

You must pass a sequence of evaluations to obtain the PfMP certification. This process takes approximately four weeks to complete.

  • Evaluation 1—Panel Review: The initial evaluation occurs through an extensive application review during which a panel of portfolio managers will assess your professional experience based on your responses to the Portfolio Management Experience Summaries provided on the application.
  • Evaluation 2—Multiple-Choice Examination: The next step occurs with the multiple-choice examination in which you will be called upon to demonstrate your competence in both situational and scenario-based questions.

Once your application has been approved, it is your responsibility to schedule and sit for your examination within the one-year eligibility period.

To maintain your PfMP, you must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) in portfolio management topics every three years.


Candidates must take the PfMP certification exam within twelve months of passing the PMI Panel Review phase. The exam consists of 170 multiple-choice questions and lasts four hours.

Here is a breakdown of the major knowledge domains covered by the PfMP exam, with an approximate percentage of how many questions are dedicated to each domain:

  • Strategic Alignment (25%)
  • Governance (20%)
  • Portfolio Performance (25%)
  • Portfolio Risk Management (15%)
  • Communications Management (15%)

Candidates who do not pass the PfMP exam on their first attempt may retake the exam up to three more times in the one-year qualification period. Candidates who do not pass the exam after three attempts must wait twelve months from the last exam attempt before reapplying for the PfMP.


Do I have to be a CAPM, PMP, or a PMI member to apply for other PMI certifications?

No. No one certification serves as a prerequisite for another. You also do not have to be a PMI member to apply to become a certification holder.

What happens if my eligibility expires and I have not taken the exam?

Your application is valid for one (1) year from the date of approval. If you allow your eligibility to lapse, you must re-apply.

If I fail the exam, can I take it again?

If you fail the exam on your first attempt, you can re-take it two more times within your one-year eligibility period. Fees are associated with re-examination. Details for re-examination can be found in the certification handbook.

Why does PMI conduct application audits?

PMI conducts application audits to confirm the experience and/or education documented on certification applications. The purpose of the audit is to enhance the credibility of the certification program and of the certification holders. For each certification, a specified percentage of applications are randomly selected for audit.

How long does the audit process take?

Audit materials will be processed within one week upon their arrival at PMI. Once we review and approve audit materials, you will receive an e-mail containing your eligibility code and exam scheduling instructions.

Am I eligible to appear for PfMP or whether this is the right certification for me?

Please send in an email to and we will call you to discuss further.

Have more queries or questions?

Please send in an email to and we will happy to answer you!


April 2019 Session

Timings:  9 am to 3 pm
Location:  In Class

  • DAY 1 – Sat. Apr. 20, 2019
  • DAY 2 – Sat. Apr. 27, 2019
  • DAY 3 – Sat. May. 04, 2019
  • DAY 4 – Sat. May. 11, 2019
June 2019 Session

Timings:  9 am to 3 pm
Location:  In Class

  • DAY 1 – Sat. Jun. 01, 2019
  • DAY 2 – Sat. Jun. 08, 2019
  • DAY 3 – Sat. Jun. 15, 2019
  • DAY 4 – Sat. Jun. 22, 2019