Historic Day in Zimbabwe when first PMP Exam Conducted



First PMP exam held in Zimbabwe on 14 August after years of waiting

Reported by Peter Banda in Harare

14 August 2015 – Harare, Zimbabwe – History was made today in the Zimbabwe Project Management practitioners’ fraternity when the US-based world’s largest association of project managers, the Project Management Institute (PMI®) administered the first global professional  project management examination for members of Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ). The paper-based PMP ® (Project Management Professional) exam with 200 questions written over 4 hours was sat for by 20 Zimbabwe candidates on 14 August 2015 at Mandel Training Centre Harare.

A team of 2 facilitators led by exam proctor Mr Anish George based at Botho University had to fly into Harare today with the examination material from neighboring Botswana to administer the examination for the world’s leading project management credential. 19 of the 20 candidates who sat for the historic PMP exam today were from local fibre optic company Liquid Telecommunications Ltd Zimbabwe

For the last 10 years or so Zimbabweans seeking to certify for the PMI PMP credential had to make costly trips out of the country to sit for the examination in neighboring countries such as South Africa and Botswana at PMI approved prometric centres, as currently there are no such available exam centres in Zimbabwe.  Project Management Zimbabwe (PMZ) successfully lobbied PMI through various correspondence during the last 12 months until the exam for Harare was approved earlier this year.

Formerly known as the Project Management Institute of Zimbabwe (PMIZ), PMZ is Zimbabwe’s Largest Association of Project Managers in Zimbabwe with over 1200 subscribed individual & corporate members. PMZ is Registered & Accredited by the Ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education Zimbabwe as a professional membership and examination body. Since their establishment in 2010, PMZ has been administering a number of other local project management examinations approved by the Government of Zimbabwe such as the Certificate in Project Management (CPM), Diploma in Project Management (DPM) and the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management (PGDPM).

The PRINCE2 (Projects In Controlled Environments 2) & PMP exams are the top two other project management certifications popular in Zimbabwe and the entire world, examined by overseas bodies in UK and USA respectively. The PRINCE2 exam has always been available at various centres such as the British Council while the PMP was not. PMZ will now be able to sponsor two PMP exams accommodating at least 10 candidates per session per year. The next second session has already booked for November 2015 in Harare.

According to PMI, The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. You can find PMPs leading projects in nearly every country and, unlike other certifications that focus on a particular geography or domain, the PMP® is truly global. As a PMP, one can work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location. The PMP also increases earning potential. PMP certification holders earn 17 percent more than their non-certified peer. As more and more Zimbabweans become PMP certified, the country is set to benefit in elevated project management standards matching best practice and in the process rescuing various troubled national projects in key sectors such as mining, agriculture, construction and I.C.T.

There are slightly less than half a million (500 000) PMP certified project managers worldwide, Zimbabwean nationals scattered in the diaspora such as Mr Henry Mkhwananzi and Engineers Muroro Dziruni and Nhamo Dhlamini ( based in South Africa) contribute only less than 50 to that number.

PMZ is Zimbabwe’s largest Association of Project Managers with a membership base of over 1200. The institute has a mandate of policing the elevation of project management standards nationally through mentorship and membership services programmes. For information, visit http://www.pmiz.org.zw/ or email: [email protected].

Source: Project Management Zimbabwe