Thank you for your service

The Institute of Project Management has partnered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver all our project management certifications to persons eligible for the following VA education and training programs:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35)

Our project management certifications are the first in the world to comprehensively map to your service experience, significantly streamlining the application and accreditation process.

Together with our strategic partners, we can leverage your accumulated project expertise, transitioning you into the most in-demand skill-set and occupation in the world today – project management.

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A globally recognised project management certification is an asset to you and your employer. While you can succeed in project management without one, there are key benefits to pursuing certification – some of which you may not have considered.

  1. Build on what you already know

Depending on your rank and service, you have already engaged in and potentially led complex projects in the most challenging of circumstances.

The process of obtaining a project management certification will help to formalise the knowledge, skills and experience that you have already earned.

And whereas most project management certifications demand the un-critical rote memorisation of formulas and processes; the Institute of Project Management teaches from a comprehensive body of industry-tested best-practice that is transferable and scalable to any industry, sector or project.

  1. Open doors

Holding an internationally recognised project management certification may help get your foot in the door for a key interview or be an influential factor when pitching for a new client.

Project management certification can also help you to grow your professional network.

Our ever-expanding LinkedIn network of Institute certification holders welcomes a community of fellow project management professionals, potentially opening up new opportunities, roles, clients and even mentorship.

  1. Boost your career

A project management certification will boost your career by codifying your professional knowledge, skills and experience as a project manager.

Certification establishes your commitment to skill development throughout your career.

This shows employers, managers and clients that you’re determined to be recognised as a elite project professional.

Hands-on project management experience cannot be underestimated or replaced.

But combine your experience with the right credentials and you’ll demonstrate the drive and determination to succeed.

Employers are always looking for people with a track record of professional development and how these qualities will contribute to completing projects successfully.

What’s more, a project management certification can help you to take on new responsibilities.

Certification tells your manager or a new employer that you’re prepared to advance your knowledge and are ready to take on more and more challenging and complex projects.

  1. Earn more

Gaining experience will always drive up your earnings but adding an industry-recognised certification to your name can enable you to command higher rates.

Top organisations are always on the look-out for professionals with recognised certifications and will sometimes make it a requirement for higher paying roles.

Numerous studies show that project certification holders can command salaries up to 20% greater than their peers.

  1. Your global passport

The Institute’s project management certifications are created and maintained by a diverse international panel of cross-industry thought leaders and experts.

By ensuring that our certifications benchmark only the highest standards, we have earned global recognition, which transfers to immediately and credibly to our certification holders.

If you, your spouse or parents are eligible for any of the following VA education and training programs, you can have the costs of your certification examination reimbursed:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35)

In most circumstances, you will be eligible for a full, 100% reimbursement with minimal impact on your overall entitlement – you can still comfortably pursue other College or University level degree programs.

Contact your local VA representative or call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551) to confirm your eligibility.

You should quote the Institute of Project Management’s VA facility code: 46003109

The Institute of Project Management has mapped their certifications to the military training and experience of US service personnel.

Use the selector below to find the certification most appropriate to your exit / terminal rank.

If you have post-service project management experience, please refer to the specific rules for the higher certifications to confirm your eligibility.

Depending on your service and rank, you may already have enough project experience to pre-qualify!

5-Day CPO Workshop

If you are active duty and in transition, contact your career counsellor or transition support team to confirm your eligibility for a funded place on the next workshop.

They will provide you with a specific coupon code that you can enter for the relevant workshop you wish to attend.

In order to register for a workshop, you should first create a free account on OPEN, the Institute of Project Management’s Online Project EducatioN portal.

As the workshop fully satisfies the admission standards for a Certified Project Officer, you do not need to complete the online training; however, you are welcome to review it in preparation for your course.

If you are otherwise eligible for GI Bill funding or would like to attend as a fee-paying candidate with military benefits, please contact us directly to receive your 20% discount.

Online Certification

First of all, you should create a free account on OPEN, the Institute of Project Management’s Online Project EducatioN portal.

If you have not previously been assessed on 30 hours of project management study, you can complete OPEN for free!

On your profile page, you can also enter your project experience (often your military rank is sufficient) and upload any requested assessment tasks or evidence.

Only then will you be able to access the payment portal – you can also enter here one of our partner discount codes (contact them directly to request one).

The entire process – from application to assessment and certification – can usually completed within one week if all the requirements are met.

Certification is also for life – there are no ongoing fees, membership or subscription charges.

Before applying for reimbursement, you need to:

  1. Confirm your eligibility for reimbursement with your local VA representative, or by calling 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551)
  2. Create an account at OPEN
  3. Complete the application on your profile
  4. Be assessed and receive your certification

You should then download and submit the following one-page reimbursement form to the VA, together with your receipt for payment and copy of your certification.

Details on how and where to submit are included on the form.

Our partners

The Institute of Project Management is proud to partner with many of the nation’s leading in-service and veteran community groups.

We also offer a range of discount and co-contribution certification opportunities with our partners – follow their links to contact them and learn more.