Qualification Standards

Project Manager Qualification

Commonwealth Project Manager qualification is the assessment of a Project Manager's skill, training, and experience. Project Managers are qualified for specific projects based on the project's risk and complexity.

Project Categories

For the purposes of governance and oversight, projects that have an estimated cost in excess of $250,000 are considered Commonwealth-level projects and are categorized in one of four categories, based on their CPGA assessment of risk and complexity, as defined in the PM Standard.

  • Category One Projects are High Risk/High Complexity projects;
  • Category Two Projects are High Risk/Medium Complexity, High Risk/Low Complexity or Medium Risk/High Complexity projects;
  • Category Three Projects are Medium Risk/Medium Complexity, Medium Risk/Low Complexity or Low Risk/High Complexity projects; and,
  • Category Four Projects are Low Risk and either Medium or Low Complexity.

Projects that have an estimated cost less than $250,000 are considered Agency-level projects. PMD, on behalf of the CIO, verifies that the project sponsor has selected a qualified IT Project Manager for their IT project based on the categories listed above.

Qualifications for Agency-level IT Projects

For Agency-level Projects the Project Manager candidates must:

  1. have 1500 hours of project team experience, which includes any position on a project team; and,
  2. have exhibited team building and leadership potential.

For Agency-level Projects the project sponsor will give preference to selecting Project Manager candidates who:

  1. have passed the Core Processes test;
  2. have experience or special qualifications in a functional or technical field related to the project's scope;
  3. have completed Commonwealth Project Management Overview Training; or,
  4. have an Associates or higher level degree in a management or technology discipline related to the project.

Qualifications for Category 4 IT Projects

For Category 4 Projects the Project Manager candidates must:

  1. have at least 2,000 hours of successful project management experience as a member of the management team on a Category 4 or higher IT Project, as a Project Manager on an Agency-level IT Project, or as a member of a team employing project management best practices in IT operations and maintenance activities. Membership on the management team is defined as serving in a position of authority and directly participating in the management of a project;
  2. have completed Commonwealth Project Management Overview Training;
  3. have completed Commonwealth Technology Portfolio Training;
  4. have passed the Core Processes test, or have either the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) or the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute; and,
  5. have exhibited effective team building, leadership, and communication skills.

For Category 4 Projects the project sponsor will give preference to selecting Project Manager candidates who:

  1. have passed the Facilitating Processes test;
  2. have experience or special qualifications in an applicable functional or technical field;
  3. have the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute, or a comparable or higher level certification;
  4. have a Bachelors or higher level degree in a management or technology discipline related to the project; or,
  5. have successfully performed as the Project Manager for at least one Category 4 or higher IT Project.

Qualifications for Category 1, 2 and 3 IT Projects

For Category 1, 2 and 3 IT Projects the Project Manager candidates must:

  1. have 4,500 hours of successful project management experience as a member of the management team or as a Project Manager on multiple Commonwealth IT Projects. Membership on the management team is defined as serving in a position of authority and directly participating in the management of a project;
  2. have completed Commonwealth Project Management Overview Training;
  3. have completed Commonwealth Technology Portfolio Training;
  4. have passed both the Core and Facilitating Processes tests, or have certification as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute; and,
  5. have successfully performed as the Project Manager for at least one project with a total cost over $250,000.

For Category 1, 2 and 3 IT Projects the project sponsor will give preference to selecting Project Manager candidates who:

  1. have completed advanced project management training on a subject, such as: a. Advanced Risk Management; b. Advanced Project Metrics and Statistical Analysis; c. Systems Development; d. Enterprise Architecture; e. Financial Management for Major Projects and Programs; f. Organizational Dynamics and Organizational Change Management; or, g. Strategic Planning;
  2. have experience or special qualifications in an applicable functional or technical field;
  3. have a Bachelors or higher level degree in a management or technology discipline related to the project; or,
  4. have successfully performed as the Project Manager for at least one Category 1, 2 or 3 project.