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.

Important Note:

Project DPro Practitioner examination formal launch is expected at the beginning of 2021.


To register you should follow these steps:

  1. Go to the APMG website to register your application for the Project DPro Practitioner qualification and pay the fee to APMG.
  2. 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.
  3. Create your profile and start an Activity Log either online through the APMG site or download the template to fill in 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.
  4. Note that there are tools on DPro+ help you plan your training, such as the Competency Assessment.

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)

Problem Tree (2)
Schedule (3)
Risk (7)
Quality (9)

Project DPro Leadership/Interpersonal Competency Group (12-18)

Communicating Vision (14)
Feedback (15)
Facilitation (16)
Proactive Communication (17)
Motivation (18)

Project DPro Personal/Self-Management Competency Group (19-25)

Attention to Detail (20)
Multi-tasking (21)
Analytical thinking (23)
Self-Discipline (24)
Time Management (25)

Project DPro Development Sector Specific Competency Group (26-31)

Development sector values (26)
Coping with development pressures (30)
Cultural Sensitivity (31)

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 (4 max)
  2. Attending a relevant work event/course (4 max)
  3. Reading a relevant project or program management book (4 max)
  4. Being mentored. See the mentoring workgroup on DPro+ to find a mentor

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? (2 max)
  2. Helping your peers (2 max). This could be helping someone to gain Project DPro Foundation.
  3. Give a presentation at work or to a local group (2 max)
  4. Take part in a local network with your fellow professionals
  5. Volunteer for PM4NGOs. See the volunteer webpage at for opportunities
  6. Submit an article to DPro+, for example a case study of a project you recently completed.

Submitting your Application

When you have completed your chosen activities, upload your Activity Log to APMG. Remember we need to see sound evidence that you can apply and analyze the contents of the Guides. If successful, APMG will issue a Practitioner badge and 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.

Questions and Suggestions

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