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Statistics through 31 October 2018
PMI has 296 chartered and
11 potential chapters
…in 208 countries
TOTAL MEMBERS CERTIFICATIONS
Total Active Holders of: PUBLISHING 553,150
Total copies of
all editions* of the
More Than 6 Million PMBOK® Guide Editions Now in Circulation!
Certified Associate in Project Management 36,751
Project Management Professional 887,937
Portfolio Management Professional 614
Program Management Professional 2,497
PMI Risk Management Professional 4,973
PMI Scheduling Professional 1,905
PMI Professional in Business Analysis 3,008
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner 24,497
volunteer to help you in your career or
life, consider attending a PMI chapter
event or a PMI conference and ask
any one of PMI’s more than 10,000
volunteers you will meet, and they
will likely respond favorably to
My peer volunteers answered these
Do you remember why and
when you started volunteering
and what your expectations were
Some remember the time very well,
like starting as early as 1968 or 1969.
A few started volunteering outside
project management, like for a fishing
club, a youth group in school, the
boy scouts, in college, during military
service and for a business association.
The majority, though, started
volunteering with project
management, for example, as a PMI
chapter leader/volunteer. Many
had a reason, such as giving back,
helping others and being part of
something bigger. Others, like me,
just accidentally became a volunteer
without a reason per se, but stayed a
In 1998, I attended a chapter meeting
as a regular member and was
surprised when the sitting president
asked who wanted to succeed him.
Three attendees raised their hands,
and we divided the work among
us. I stayed president until 2005,
and I learned that I should develop
potential successors early.
Some respondents’ quotes:
n It was a way for me to have access
to other people who did work
similar to mine and to learn
n It was immediately rewarding for
the firm’s work, our clients and my
personal consulting growth.
n I was very impressed the first time I
attended a PMI global congress.
n Doing voluntary work was
fascinating and challenging at the
n Thrown into the role of vice
no idea what I was getting into, and
have never looked back.
n To get knowledge and to network.
When did volunteering
become addictive for you,
and do you know why?
Four respondents said they would not
say it is addictive, but most agreed
that it was. Volunteering is rewarding
and creates passion for all.
Personally, I met excellent
professionals and made friends.
Volunteering is an opportunity I would
not have elsewhere (I tried). And the
opportunities at PMI are great to
extend your network, responsibilities
and achievements: from local chapters,
to regional projects, global groups
and so on. Besides chapter work,
I started to attend item-writing
sessions for the Project Management
Professional (PMP)® exam questions,
review registered education provider
(R.E.P.) applications, provide input to
standards development and assess PMI
Project of the Year Award applications.
Some respondents’ quotes:
n The endorphins were flowing from
the very beginning.
n The people I met were smart, helpful
and passionate, and it became
addictive to be around them.