“About PMI” Description—Please incorporate this messaging into your materials and deliverables (website, press releases, etc.):
About Project Management Institute (PMI)
The Project Management Institute is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research. PMI advances careers, improves organizational success and further matures the profession of project management through its globally recognized standards, certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses, and networking opportunities. As part of the PMI family, Human Systems International (HSI) provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and government, while ProjectManagement.com and ProjectsAtWork.com create online global communities that deliver more resources, better tools, larger networks and broader perspectives.
accreditation—Reference to the action of the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), which reviews the content and processes of candidate degree programs and confers accreditation upon those programs demonstrating compliance with the GAC Standards of Accreditation as delineated in the GAC Handbook of Accreditation.
agile—lowercase when referring to the philosophy, tools, or techniques. Capitalize when the word is part of a name of an organization, certification, product, or title or appears at the beginning of a sentence. Agile is an approach, not a methodology. Use “agile practices” rather than “agile project management” or “agile approaches to project management.”
Asia Pacific—One of PMI’s four regions, covering all of Asia (not including the Middle East) and Pacific countries such as Australia and New Zealand. This is the preferred style for this region’s name; do not abbreviate it to Asia Pac. Do not hyphenate Asia Pacific.
Balanced Scorecard—The name of an approach used by PMI to translate its strategic plan into actionable goals and objectives. Use with initial caps. May use BSC acronym on second reference.
best practices—Do not use caps in running text. When referring to the PMBOK® Guide, never use “best practices.” See the entry on “good practices.”
Board of Directors—Use initial caps when referring to the PMI Board of Directors. Use PMI Board of Directors on first reference — PMI Board is acceptable on subsequent references. When the word “board” is used to refer to other boards of directors, such as the PMI Educational Foundation or boards of PMI chapters, always use lowercase. (See Section 2 of this Guide for details on using Board titles after someone’s name).
Career Central—PMI’s centralized online content repository for project managers to find information about advancing their careers, which can be found on PMI.org (under Learning/Professional Development).
career framework—The knowledge foundation necessary for building project management career paths. PMI’s career framework can be accessed using PathPro®, a website designed to help project managers and organizations navigate the creation of a career framework by reviewing the full list of skills and competencies, and conducting a self-assessment against the data.
certification—Term used to indicate PMI’s professional certification designations (see Section 4 of this Guide for full details). Use certification in all instances when referring to these PMI designations or the PMI department overseeing them. The one exception is the program this department administers is called the credential program.
Certification Department—The PMI department administrating certifications further explored in Section 4 of this Guide (not “credentialing department”). The program it administers is called the credential program.
Certification Governance Council (CGC)—An administratively independent body within PMI that identifies and supports strategic objectives specifically related to the certification program. Spell out on first reference and put the abbreviation in parentheses; the abbreviation CGC can be used on subsequent references.
Certified professional—Preferred term for someone who earns a PMI certification (not “certificant” or “certification holder”). See also PMPs.
credential program—PMI’s program that supports the project management profession and its practitioners through certification offerings (see Section 4 of this Guide) and by promoting ongoing professional development.
chair—Leader of PMI’s Board of Directors. Always preferred over “chairman” or “chairwoman,” in content. Do not use “chairperson” unless referencing a position or individual whose organization uses it as a formal title for the office.
chapter—A type of PMI community based on geographic location. Always capitalize when part of a chapter’s official name, which should always be preceded by the abbreviation PMI (e.g., PMI Santiago, Chile Chapter). There is no consistency on whether these names include states or countries or not. Be sure to use the full legal chapter name (see Section 11 for the list of chapter names, or look up chapter names at PMI.org/membership/chapters).
Chapter Reporting System (CRS)—A web-based tool that provides chapter leaders with the ability to access, view and interpret membership data.
college—No longer used. A former type of PMI community. PMI’s colleges transitioned to communities of practice; these entities have been retired and are referenced only for historical purposes.
committee—Capitalize when referring directly to the name of a PMI committee (e.g., the PMI Governance Committee). Lowercase in other uses, including when referring to two or more committees (e.g., the Executive and General Standing committees).
Community (ies) of practice—No longer used. The former knowledge-driven websites that explored specific aspects of the project management profession. Often referred to as CoPs. Communities of practice grew out of the Virtual Community Project (VCP) in which PMI colleges and specific interest groups (SIGs) were transitioned to the online format. The online community model now used by PMI is “one community,” represented by PMI’s global knowledge portal, ProjectManagement.com. In 2015, PMI retired all communities of practice.
congress—See “event names” entry in this section.
Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program—Spell out on first reference and put the abbreviation in parentheses; may refer to as “CCR program” or “CCR” on subsequent references; never capitalize “program” unless it’s part of an article title. The CCR program supports the ongoing educational and professional development of individuals who have attained the PfMP, PgMP, PMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, and/or PMI-PBA certification(s). Requires certification holders to earn a specified number of professional development units within their certification cycle in order to maintain their certification(s). In 2015, the CCR program was redesigned to align with the PMI Talent Triangle™. See Section 4 of this Guide for complete details on PMI’s certifications.
credential—Term used only for PMI’s credential program, or for external credentials such as PhD. Use certifications for individual certifications (e.g., PMP®, PgMP®, PMI-RMP®, PMI-SP®— See Section 4 of the PMI Style Guide for guidance on appropriate usage)
CRM—PMI’s new (as of 2015) customer relationship management system, housing our client and member databases and capable of processing membership applications and financial transactions. Term is for internal use only; replaces CGI.
datelines—For PMI press releases, it is generally accepted practice to use state abbreviations (as indicated in The Associated Press Stylebook) with cities and to omit use of USA (e.g., Newtown Square, PA).
DC—District of Columbia. Use with periods to indicate the place, Washington, D.C., USA. Use without periods as part of the name of PMI’s largest chapter, the PMI Washington, DC Chapter.
e-Links—PMI’s electronic newsletters with region-specific content distributed to members outside North America. Hyphenated and spelled with a capital L. e-Links are EMEA, Brazil and Latin America Spanish (monthly) and Asia Pacific (every other month).
Email/email—Spelled without a hyphen.
EMEA—One of PMI’s four regions, covering all of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Spell it out on first usage and put the acronym in parentheses, then use the acronym on subsequent mentions.
eReads & Reference—Discontinued 31 January 2016. This was an exclusive PMI member benefit that provided online access to over 250 complete and unabridged books from PMI and other leading publishers about project management, leadership, teams, cross-cultural business, knowledge management, and more.
eSeminarsWorld®—No longer used. A former extension of PMI’s SeminarsWorld® program, retired in 2015, taking place in a semi-synchronous online environment. Each course features discussion questions, individual and group assignments with classmates from all over the world and timely feedback from qualified instructors. “e” is always lowercase; use superscript ® for trademark in first reference in a single piece of writing.
event names—These are the official names of major PMI events:
- PMI® EMEA Congress (new name for PMI Global Congress (year)—EMEA. Note that the year is not used).
- PMI® Global Conference (new name for PMI Global Congress (year)—North America. Note that the year is not used).
- PMI® Leadership Institute Meeting (LIM) (held annually in EMEA and North America and on alternate years in Latin America and Asia Pacific)
- PMI® Leadership Institute Volunteer Planning Meeting (LIVPM)
- PMI® Scheduling Conference
- PMO Symposium® (held annually in North America)
- PMI® Networks Forum (face-to-face and virtual events for Registered Education Providers)
- PMI® Research and Education Conference—Retired in 2014.
- PMI® Seminars & Symposium—The name for PMI’s major annual event prior to 2003.
GAC—See The Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (PMI GAC).
Gantthead—A company, part of the PMI family since January 2014, which includes the popular websites ProjectManagement.com and ProjectsAtWork.com.
global—Preferred term over “international.”
Human Systems International (HSI)—A company that provides organizational assessment and benchmarking services to leading businesses and government. Part of the PMI family since late 2013.
hybrid— An approach to project management that combines iterative, incremental and/or plan-driven “waterfall” practices and methods to deliver desired project results. Do not initial-cap. As with agile, hybrid is an approach, not a methodology. Do not use “hybrid project management.”
the Institute—Acceptable to use as a synonym for PMI and should always have the initial cap as shown when used in this manner. Do not use “organization” as a synonym for PMI.
internet—Do not initial-cap.
intranet—Do not initial-cap.
Knowledge Areas—Always use initial caps when referring to the Knowledge Areas of the PMBOK® Guide. The Knowledge Areas include: Project Integration Management, Project Scope Management, Project Time Management, Project Cost Management, Project Quality Management, Project Human Resource Management, Project Communications Management, Project Risk Management, Project Procurement Management, and Project Stakeholder Management
Knowledge Portal—See ProjectManagement.com.
Knowledge Shelf—An online resource for project management knowledge that contains peer-submitted and reviewed articles and papers on a variety of topics for PMI members.