PMI standards answer questions such as:

  • How does your organisation’s project management compare to good practice?
  • What steps might you take to improve?
  • What are the key elements of Project Manager competency?
  • What do you need to know to be a competent Project Manager or competent in another project management discipline?

PMI’s global standards carry the collective knowledge of the profession, based on input from thousands of practitioners. These standards are widely accepted and, when consistently applied, they help you, your global peers and your organization achieve professional excellence. See the full suite of standards at

Organisations use standards such as the Project Manager Competency Development Framework, PM Career Path, Certification Exam Specifications which describe technical aspects of competency and the Organisational Project Management Maturity Model.

PMI publishes guides to Implementing Organizational Project Management, Navigating Complexity and Managing Change in Organizations.

Practice standards for practitioners provide guidelines, rules and characteristics for project, program and portfolio management. They include the Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge, The Program Management Standard, the Portfolio Management Standard with sector and subject matter extensions.

PMI’s standards, guides and some related documents are available free to members in PDF form. They’re available with a Member Discount at the PMI Bookstore and some can be purchased at commercial book seller web sites.