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July 08, 2020

New benefits pertaning to PMI certifications for students

These days in a cutthroat environment of job prospects and career growth, what sets you apart from the crowd is an accredited degree that is respected globally and a professional certification. Accreditation means that an institute meets or exceeds a benchmark standard of quality education that is accepted by the crediting body. Accreditation has become important as there seems to be a profusion of institutes offering below par project management degree programs that do not prepare the students to meet the professional demands of prospective employers. PMI GAC is the global standard setting body of quality education in Project Management.

PMI GAC accredited degrees in India

RICS School of Built Environment Amity University (RICS SBE) is the first and only institute in India that offers an MBA in Construction Project Management that is accredited by PMI (GAC). This is globally recognised accreditation that ensures that an exacting standard of education is adhered to and it will give you the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.

What is GAC?

The Global Accreditation Centre (GAC) is an independent academic accreditation body that is committed to encouraging worldwide excellence and continuous improvement in academic degree programs at all levels (bachelor’s, post graduate and doctoral degree) that are related to the field of project management. Its main objective is to ensure that graduates of GAC accredited programs have the skills and competencies to meet the present as well as future demands of businesses and government organizations in the field. GAC on behalf of PMI evaluates and accredits project management degree programs that helps students to build essential skills and competencies required to excel in their career.

PMI803 GAC Seal 3-CMYK

PMI certifications

PMI is a not for profit professional membership association based in the US and recognised globally. Certifications by PMI are actively sought by professionals working in project management, portfolio management and program management.

After obtaining a globally accredited degree, a certification from a professional association goes a long way in accelerating professional growth of individuals. A PMI certification gives one global recognition along with a competitive edge resulting in better salaries and career growth opportunities. More than 3 million project management professionals across the globe benefit from PMI certifications.

Concessions in experience for PMI accredited institutes

Recently, PMI has made some changes in the criterion of the duration of professional experience required for various certifications. When applying for PMI certifications, significant concessions have been granted in the experience requirement for students who have graduated from GAC accredited programs. This additional benefit will be valid from the initial date of accreditation of the program.

Listed in the table below are the reductions in professional experience as granted by PMI.



Reduction in professional experience required for

graduates of GAC accredited programs

Project Management Professional


12 months reduction to project management experience

Program Management Professional (PgMP)®

12 months reduction for program management experience

Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)®

12 months reduction for portfolio management experience

PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) ®

12 months reduction to business analysis experience

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner


12 months reduction to general project experience
* Need to show 8 months agile team experience

PMI Risk Management Professional


12 months reduction to risk management experience

PMI Scheduling Professional
(PMI-SP) ®

12 months reduction to project scheduling experience


These additional benefits from PMI will be available to the MBA (CPM) students from RICS SBE who will passing out in 2020 and all also to the subsequent batches. For more information on PMI GAC accreditations click here.


RICS School of Built Environment (RICS SBE), Amity University is an industry led academic institution which delivers specialized undergraduate and postgraduate programs to students ambitious to work in real estate, construction and infrastructure sector. It also aids as a hub for research and development of technical proficiency in built environment.

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