Frequently Asked Questions

A. MEMBERSHIP

Applying for PMI Jamaica membership is one of the easiest processes you will ever do. This process requires you to complete the membership form and provide proof of payment. The application form and the payment receipt can be emailed to pmi@pmijamaica.org, dropped off at the monthly chapter meeting or at the Chapter Secretariat (See below for address). Payments can be made by:

  • Cheque
  • Direct Deposit
  • Debit or Credit Cards.

JMD funds can be lodge to NCB Account #351081244 and USD funds can be lodge to NCB Account # 354286394.

Members must agree to the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, as well as the PMI Conflict Resolution Procedures

OR

Membership can also be done through your PMI account, if you have not created one it is required that you do so. Please follow the instructions below:

 

If you have already created an account with PMI Global, simply:

1. Go to www.PMI.org

2. Enter your Username and Password and click on LOG IN

3. Go to http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00100120500

4. Click the ADD TO CART button and then click CHECK OUT

 

If you have not created an account with PMI Global, simply:

1. Go to www.PMI.org

2. Select Login/Register on the top right hand corner

3. Fill in the necessary information on the registration form and click Submit

4. After you confirm your email you can now enter your Username and Password and click on LOG IN

5. Click on Membership at the top of the page, click on JOIN NOW

6. Under “Join Today”, select the type of membership you desire: Individual Membership or Student Membership.

7. It will take you to http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00100147500

8. Click the ADD TO CART button

9. Then in the Description, you are given the option to join a local chapter,

10. Click on CHAPTER to join a local chapter

11. It takes you to a page with a list of chapters, under North America click Caribbean-Jamaica,

12. Click Join Jamaica Chapter (http://marketplace.pmi.org/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?GMProduct=00100120500)

13. Click the ADD TO CART button and then click CHECK OUT

The Secretariat is located in the Mona Technology Park’s Sutherland Global Services Building, also known as the Call Centre building on the UWI, Mona campus. For detailed directions visit http://bit.ly/pmijamaica or point your GPS to 18.00878, -76.74957.

 

Our mailing address is:

PMI Jamaica Chapter

Mona Technology Park

The University of the West Indies, Mona

Kingston 7, Jamaica

Some of the benefits of Chapter membership are:

a. Networking with potential Employers, Peers, and Partners.

b. Many Employers with job opportunities in the field of Project Management ask the Chapter to refer only Chapter members for job vacancies. Chapter membership demonstrates your commitment to continuous development as a professional project, program, or portfolio practitioner.

c. There are significant financial discounts on prep courses, examination fees, professional materials, Chapter events, etc.

d. Members are given first priority for the most attractive volunteer positions.

e. Professional Development Units (PDUs) for Chapter events are automatically reported for members only.

One full year membership. Amounts are listed in U.S. dollars but Jamaican dollar equivalent is accepted. Please email pmi@pmijamaica.org for the exchange rate. If your membership has expired before you have renewed then the fees are assessed as for a new member. Membership is for 12 months from effective date of payment. 
 

Annual Membership  US dollars
New Individual Membership fee   179.00
Renewing Individual Membership fee 169.00
New Student Membership fee      42.00
Renewing Student Membership fee      42.00

 

Yes. To request a pro forma invoice for membership, email pmi@pmijamaica.org with the requisite details.

Yes. Before your membership has expired, you can use your membership number and a credit card to pay your membership fee online at http://bit.ly/pmija-renew.

B. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Agile Certified Professional (ACP) exams are offered year-round as computer-based tests at three Prometric sites (see www.prometric.com/pmi). Based on the number of applicants and global agreements between Prometric and PMI, the PMP, PgMP, and PfMP exams are offered three times a year in Jamaica as paper-based tests only. 

Three scheduled sittings of the PMP exam are usually offered in Kingston each year. The Chapter may arrange other sittings.

Member cost: US$405.

Non-member cost: US$555

Venue  Site Code  Test date Exam Registration Deadline date PMI's Group Testing Number Member Cost Non-Member Cost
TBA 0094 December 2, 2017 October 28, 2017 0094120217 US$405 US$555
TBA 0094          
TBA 0094          

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam is offered in Jamaica, year-round as a computer-based test at Prometric Centres in Kingston. To register for the CAPM exam, go to www.prometric.com/pmi.

The member fee for the exam is US$225, while the non-member fee is US$300.

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam is offered in Jamaica, year-round as a computer-based test at Prometric Centres in Kingston. To register for the CAPM exam, go to www.prometric.com/pmi.

The member fee for the exam is US$435, while the non-member fee is US$495.

 

If you answer yes to more than one of the questions below a specific certification, PMI recommends that you pursue that certification.

 

CAPM® (Certified Associate in Project Management)

Demonstrate your skills as a project team member

1. Have you been in project management for less than two years or are you new to project management?

2. Do you participate on a project team?

 

PMI-ACP® (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner)

Exhibit expertise in understanding agile principles and concepts

1. Do you work on project teams that utilize agile practices?

2. Can you demonstrate proficiency in using agile tools and techniques?

 

PMP® (Project Management Professional)

Lead and direct projects

1. Are you responsible for all aspects of a project for the life of the project?

2. Do you lead and direct cross-functional teams to deliver projects within the constraints of schedule, budget and scope?

3. Do you demonstrate sufficient knowledge and experience to appropriately apply a methodology to projects that have reasonably well-defined requirements and deliverables?

PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management. 
Whether you are new to project management, or already serving as a subject matter expert on project teams, the CAPM can get your career on the right path or take it to the next level.

 

If you’re a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects and earn additional responsibility, and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM certification is right for you.

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:
▪    A secondary degree (high school diploma or the global equivalent)

AND
▪    At least 1,500 hours of project experience

OR
▪    23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

To earn your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the CAPM® examination, a 150-question, multiple-choice test. 

As a CAPM certification holder, you do not need to earn PDUs. Instead, you take a re-exam before the end of your five-year certification cycle.

The PMP certification recognizes competence of an individual to perform in the role of a project manager, specifically experience in leading and directing projects.

The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:
▪    A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education. 

OR 
▪    A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
To earn your Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the PMP® examination, a 200-question, multiple-choice test. 

As part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements program, a PMP credential holder will need to earn 60 PDUs per three-year cycle. 

The PMI-ACP recognizes knowledge of agile principles, practices and tools and techniques across agile methodologies.

If you already use agile practices or your organization is adopting agile methods, earning the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification will demonstrate your knowledge of and commitment to this rapidly growing approach to project management.
By earning the PMI-ACP certification, practitioners can:
▪    Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in agile principles, practices, tools and techniques.
▪    Increase their professional versatility in project management tools and techniques.
▪    Hold a certification that is more credible than existing offerings based only on exams or training.

 

To apply for the PMI-ACP, you need to meet the following requirements:

Requirement

 Description

General Project Experience
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams
  • These hours must be earned within the last 5 years
  • Active PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement
Agile Project Experience
  • 1500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
  • These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in “general project experience”
  • These hours must be earned within the last 3 years
Training in Agile Practices
  • 21 contact hours. Hours must be earned in agile practices.
Examination
  • Tests knowledge of agile fundamentals

 

As part of PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program, a PMI-ACP credential holder will need to earn 30 PDUs in agile project management per three-year cycle. 

Join the PMI Jamaica Chapter to gain access to mentorship, opportunities to gain project management experience across the project lifecycle, and discounted courses, materials and exams to prepare for the PMP. You may also gain the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) qualification enroute to the PMP.

  • PMI certifications recognize your project management knowledge, skills and abilities. PMI serves as an unbiased endorsement of your project management expertise and professional experience on a global level.
  • PMI certifications reflect achievement. Our certifications show that you have demonstrated excellence in the field by meeting standard requirements established by global project management practitioners.
  • PMI certifications can lead to greater earnings. Many certification holders experience salary increases because of their certification status.
  • PMI certifications can lead to career opportunities and career advancement. Our family of certifications identifies you as a practitioner who has demonstrated competency in project management processes or in knowledge and experience in specialty areas of practice based on industry standards.
  • PMI certifications allow for greater recognition from employers. PMI certification holders gain increased recognition from employers for taking the extra step in professional development.
  • PMI certifications can afford you a competitive advantage within the job market, because the certifications can differentiate you from others within your industry. 

✓    PMP Prep Courses are offered before each scheduled PMP examination date in Jamaica. 
The next sitting:

  • Start Date:  April 7, 2016 
  • Duration:    8 Weeks (Thursdays)
  • Time:         6 PM - 9 PM
  • Location:    PMI Jamaica Chapter Office (Mona Technology Park, UWI, Mona)
  • Cost:         US$700 for members; US$800 for non-members.
  • Membership fee:  US$179 (Jamaica Chapter)

 

✓    PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
The next sitting: 

Information regarding the next sitting will be published at a later date.

  • Cost: US$xx00 for members, US$xx00 for non-members.
  • Membership fee: is US$179.

Email pmi@pmijamaica.org and you will be emailed a registration form and directions on how to make payment.

C. VOLUNTEERING

  1. Develop a distinctive CV and a global service record maintained by the PMI Global Operations Center that is recognized and accepted worldwide.
  2.  Acquire and develop the technical skills and jargon of project, program, and portfolio management in a supportive, non-threatening environment, and thus increase your own job effectiveness.
  3. Develop your reputation and professional profile as an expert in project management while accumulating the hours of project, program, and portfolio management experience needed to qualify to sit PMI exams. 
  4. Hone mentoring and leadership skills needed to ascend the management ranks.
  5. Develop important mentor-mentee relationships that can facilitate your development as an administrative professional and leader.
  6. Gain wonderful new friends and expand the network with whom you can share experiences and learn from.
  7. Accumulate Professional Development Units (PDUs) that can be used to maintain your existing PMI credentials, including those listed below. Please check your particular credential’s handbook for the particular kinds of activities and number of PDUs that may be applied for renewing your particular credential.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)®
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®

     8.   Be recognized for your valuable contribution in promoting the importance of  project management to bring together knowledge, skills and techniques to create unique products that achieve business strategic objectives.

Contribute your knowledge to the PMI Jamaica and use your insight to streamline our processes and advance exciting new initiatives.
 

 

The volunteer path is iterative and non-sequential. Any of the steps below can be the starting point, and many persons even after serving at the highest levels volunteer in other positions for other developmental opportunities.

  1. Join a volunteer team and gain technical expertise and allies for further learning and development.
  2. Join the Chapter and over one or more years, depending on prior learning, and how fast you want to learn and advance, volunteer with other teams and develop broad experience in project management.
  3. Get training in project management and volunteer some more to practise and hone those skills.
  4. Using the experience gained in different volunteer positions as well as on-the-job, apply to sit one or more PMI exams and become certified.
  5. As a member PMP, PgMP, or PfMP, apply for a leadership volunteer position, whether on the Board, as a Director, or any of the many appointed positions. Hone your leadership skills, while providing mentorship to persons newer to the profession.

There are 3 alternative and complementary starting points.

  • You can create a profile on our online Volunteer Relationship Management System at https://vrms.pmi.org and indicate what kinds of volunteer positions you are interested in. You will get automatic emails whenever positions matching your interests are advertised.
  • You can email us at pmi@pmijamaica.org and indicate your area of interest and availability.
  • or speak with an elected officer or volunteer leader with whom you would like to work. Some of these persons include:
VP, Volunteer Stephen Priestly stephen@pmijamaica.org
VP, Training Michelle Hamilton michelle@pmijamaica.org
President Elect Thaddeti Tulloch thaddeti@pmijamaica.org
VP, Membership Cicylin Joseph-Johnson cicyln@pmijamaica.org

 

No, you don't need to be a member to volunteer. We recognize that some persons are just getting their feet wet in the profession, and it is quite normal for volunteers to rapidly transition to members and then ascend up the leadership ranks within the Chapter. The senior leadership positions are usually offered to members first, and particularly PMPs, but there are almost always many volunteer positions available for less senior persons.

The minimum requirements to become a volunteer are: a willingness to work collaboratively, abide by the PMI Code of Ethics, and the Chapter's Confidentiality rules. Each volunteer position may have other requirements that depend on the job to be done.

There are many volunteer positions open to non-members. Generally speaking, only leadership positions and other special volunteer opportunities are restricted to members only. Therefore apply for one of the many volunteer positions on VRMS that are open to non-members.

This is dependent on the particular volunteer position, and can range from 1 hour per week for some positions to up to 18 hours per week for some leadership positions.

Volunteers are publicly recognized in Chapter meetings at least once per year. There is a Volunteer of the Year Award conferred after consultation among Board members, as well as Certificates of Recognition for volunteers.

Much volunteer work is projectized and falls within a Board-level program and portfolio. Therefore depending on the particular activities with which volunteers involve themselves, they can count this work towards one or more of the PMP, ACP, PMI-Risk, PMI-Scheduling, PgMP, and PfMP exams. 

Positions have been available in the following areas:

 

Membership Service

  • charged with the task of recruiting new members to the chapter ensuring that existing members are aware of the benefits of association and the direction of the Chapter's governance 

Programmes & Events

  • responsible for the planning and execution of Chapter meetings and events throughout the year. 

Marketing and Public Relations

  • supports the promotion and advertising of the Chapter's brand and offerings (whether in the form of training courses and/or merchandise) 

Professional Development

  • manages the planning and execution of the training of PM professionals through developed courses 

Volunteers

  • seek to find and match interested persons to volunteer opportunities within the chapter in the hope to encourage assimilation into the Chapter 

Information Technology

  • assists with the technological infrastructure & development needs of the Chapter

Craig Perue

In 2004, Craig Perue volunteered on the Chapter's first community project, the Safe Schools, Safe Bus Ride project, with responsibility for risk management. Several years later he would be called by the Inter-American Development Bank to lead the roll-out of their Risk Management Framework for sovereign-funded projects in Jamaica. After completing his MBA, which his training and experience as a PMP made a lot easier, Craig resumed his volunteer career with the Chapter. He worked with the IT team among others, before being elected as Vice President of Membership, and acting as the first Vice President of Volunteers. In 2013, capping 7 years of active involvement with the Chapter, Craig became Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO - reputedly the most demanding volunteer position in the Chapter.

 

Warren McKay

In 2012, Warren McKay joined the project team established to organize the Chapter's first networking social. Project sponsors were Ricardo Case (later President Elect) and Craig Perue. Throughout 2012, Warren was very involved with several other volunteer initiatives, including the celebration of International Project Management Day, and was elected to serve in 2013 as Director of Programmes and Events. In 2014, following the emigration of the Chapter's Vice President of Marketing, Warren was prevailed upon to accept this position, in which he now serves.

D. CHAPTER MEETINGS

Chapter meetings are held at the Hotel Four Seasons, 18 Ruthven Road, Kingston 10.

Chapter meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, except in August when there is no meeting. The meetings start at 6pm and usually end at 8pm. 

In general, admission is free and meetings are open to the public. There are several members-only Chapter meetings each year, and you may sign up for regular updates on Twitter by following @pmijamaica, or signing up for regular emails using the form on the Chapter website (www.pmijamaica.org). 

E. CHAPTER NAME & IDENTITY

Yes. The members of the PMI Doctor Bird Chapter agreed to rename the organization to the PMI Jamaica Chapter, and this was completed in 2015.

Project Management Global Institute (PMGI) and Mona School of Business & Management are training organizations which have received licenses to provide training in Jamaica. PMI Jamaica is the professional association chartered by PMI to serve project managers and advance the profession in Jamaica.