How to Become a Project Practitioner

To become a Project DPro Practitioner you need to have passed the Foundation/Level 1 examination for Project DPro (formerly PMD Pro) and demonstrate your ability to apply and analyze the contents of the Guides.

We recommend that Candidates should be certified to Foundation level for at least 1 year before registering to be a Practitioner but this is not mandatory and you can register for Practitioner after completing the Foundation if you wish.

Here’s the process to become a Practitioner. You should register, then choose and complete activities from the 3 sections below: Professional Development, Informal Learning, and Giving Back

We estimate that to complete your chosen activities should take you about 24 hours of learning and development time. You have 1 year from registration to submit your application.

Note: you can download the Activity Log prior to registering at the PM4NGOs Exam System to help you planning your time and resources. But only start your activities and recording after purchasing and registering for your Practitioner examination.


To register you should follow these steps:

  1. Go to the PM4NGOs Exam website to register your application for the Project DPro Practitioner qualification. You will find instructions on how to create your profile and purchase your examination at the platform. If you have any questions or need more guidance, please contact our team at
  2. Click start exam at the PM4NGOs Exam website, download the Activity Log, and answer the demographic questionnaire.
  3. You will be in contact with your invigilator by email.
    – If you purchased the exam with your credit card: please contact our team at
    – If you received a voucher from your trainer or invigilator to purchase the exam: please contact your trainer/invigilator.
  4. At the DPro+ you will find unique material on project and program management in development and mini-courses you will need to achieve your practitioner qualification.
  5. Start your activities and fill in the Activity Log off-line. It is essential that you record every activity you undertake with a paragraph comment about what you have learned and how this activity helps you to apply and analyze the Guides. We do provide guidance on how to fill in your Activity Log i.e. what is required, level of detail etc.
  6. Note that there are tools on DPro+ help you plan your training, such as the Competency Assessment.
  7. Once you have finished your activities and you are ready submit your Activity Log, send it to your invigilator by email. Your invigilator will communicate with you by email to provide guidance and feedback about your Activity Log

Section 1: Professional Development

There is a collection of mini-courses on DPro+ linked to the Project and Program DPro competencies to help you with your professional development and how to apply the Guides.

Complete 6 of the following mini-courses which include practical elements, at least 1 from each of the 4 Competency Groups OR attend a qualifying course from a PM4NGOs partner organization.

Project DPro PM Technical Competency Group (1-11)
Project DPro Competency 1: Scope
Project DPro Competency 2: Requirements
Project DPro Competency 3: Schedule
Project DPro Competency 4: Metrics
Project DPro Competency 5: Issues
Project DPro Competency 6: Communication
Project DPro Competency 7: Risk
Project DPro Competency 8: Logistics
Project DPro Competency 9: Quality
Project DPro Competency 10: Change
Project DPro Competency 11: Cost

Project DPro Leadership/Interpersonal Competency Group (12-18)
Project DPro Competency 12: Vision
Project DPro Competency 13: Promoting buy-in
Project DPro Competency 14: Communicating vision
Project DPro Competency 15: Feedback
Project DPro Competency 16: Facilitation
Project DPro Competency 17: Proactive communication
Project DPro Competency 18: Motivation

Project DPro Personal/Self-Management Competency Group (19-25)
Project DPro Competency 19: Organization skills
Project DPro Competency 20: Attention to Detail
Project DPro Competency 21: Multi-tasking
Project DPro Competency 22: Logical thinking
Project DPro Competency 23: Analytical thinking
Project DPro Competency 24: Self-discipline
Project DPro Competency 25: Time Management
Project DPro Competency 26: Development sector values

Project DPro Development Sector Specific Competency Group (26-31)
Project DPro Competency 27: Development project stakeholders
Project DPro Competency 28: Development Environments
Project DPro Competency 29: Implementing partners
Project DPro Competency 30: Coping with development pressures
Project DPro Competency 31: Cultural sensitivity

Program DPro Competency Group (P1-P5) Governance (P1)
Participatory (P2)
Comprehensive (P3)
Integrated (P4)
Adaptive (P5)

Section 2: Informal learning

You should complete at least 6 of the following type of activity:

  1. Attending a webinar hosted by PM4NGOs or other relevant organization
  2. Attending a webinar hosted by PM4NGOs or other relevant organization
    (total of 2 webinars)
  3. Reading a relevant project or program management book
  4. Read and write a review about an article (project management and/or non-profit sector)
  5. Read and write a review about an article (project management and/or non-profit sector)
    (total of 2 article reviews)
  6. Free choice activity: work event, organization course, or being mentored.

Section 3: Giving back

Giving back has always been considered an important part of being a professional project manager. You should complete at least 4 of the following type of activity:

  1. Sharing a tool/process – have you developed or modified a neat process or tool to help you at work?
    (not a template, but an actual tool with content and details)
  2. Submit a case study of a project you recently completed (article or video).
  3. Free choice activity: helping your peers or give a presentation at work or to a local group
  4. Free choice activity: take part in a local network with your fellow professionals or volunteer for PM4NGOs

Submitting your Application

When you have completed your chosen activities, send your Activity Log to your invigilator by email.

Remember we need to see sound evidence that you can apply and analyze the contents of the Guides. If successful, we will issue a Practitioner Certificate. If you are not successful we will give you feedback.

Terms & Conditions

  • You have 12 months to complete activities and submit your application
  • PM4NGOs will assess your application and our pass or fail decision will be final, although we will provide feedback should the candidate fail
  • Uploading blank documents will lead to disqualification.
  • The contents of your activity log may be used anonymously by PM4NGOs to help other candidates.
  • It is required to sign PM4NGOs Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
  • It is required to committing to the PM4NGOs Core Values by signing the DPro Practitioners Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Questions and Suggestions

Please contact Oliver Carrick – PMD Pro+ Manager – or send us a message at