The Project Management Institute, or PMI, offers best practices for project management professionals worldwide. This is accomplished through creating and maintaining standards, developing certifications, and offering continuing education.
The PMI creates and maintains the body of standards and best practices used by project management professionals across multiple industries. This work, called the Project Management Body of Knowledge, or PMBOK, is evaluated and revised on a regular basis by current professionals in the field. Certification exams are available for seven different subject areas, including the most-recognized Project Management Professional, or PMP. Nearly 650,000 practitioners worldwide hold the PMP certification, states PMI.
Continuing education and research is another large part of the organization. Members who obtain certification must continue to stay current within the industry. It is required to fulfill continuing education training requirements through the professional development units, or PDU program.
PMI provides a network for the project management community. Members are able to join local chapters and meet other professionals. Volunteer opportunities allow members to gain experience. The PMI.org website also hosts a job board and salary survey to assist those in establishing their project management career.
The most common fields utilizing project managers and the standard techniques include software, construction and government agencies. These fields have special extension guides of the PMBOK.