Certification - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of becoming Pragmatic Marketing Certified?
Certification is an investment in one’s career and professional advancement. Being certified demonstrates a designated level of knowledge in product management and marketing.  

What does certified mean?
Pragmatic Marketing Certified identifies that an individual has a certain level of knowledge. It does not designate an individual as being more qualified, experienced or suitable than others for any product team role or task. It does not:

  • substitute for actual product management or marketing experience
  • teach nor test all that is needed to become a qualified product manager
  • provide for actual on-the-job performance testing

What certification levels exist?

There are six levels of certification available, as we now offer certification at the end of each of our core course offerings. You can be a Pragmatic Marketing Certified—Level One (PMC-I) all the way up to a Pragmatic Marketing Certified—Level Six (PMC-VI) depending on how many courses you take and exams you pass.

How do I determine what my current certification level is?
Here’s how it works:

  • If you were Pragmatic Marketing Certified prior to the curriculum change, you are now a PMC-II
  • If you weren’t certified before, you aren’t now (but it’s never too late to start)
  • For every course you take now, if you pass the certification exam, you move up a level
  • At any time, if you can’t remember your certification level or which courses you’ve been certified for, simply contact our registrar, who can answer your questions and reissue your official certification
How do I register for the exam?

Attendees can take a certification exam at the end of each course. No additional fee or separate registration is required. The certification exam is given during the last half hour of the course in the same location. 

Are there any prerequisites?
You must have attended the course for which you are attempting to be certified. No other prerequisite is required. Testing is conducted in English.

How should I study?
All material in the exam is covered in the course, additional study is not required. Good notes and a review of the course manual should be sufficient.

When are results provided?
You will receive your results immediately upon completion of the exam. A certificate is sent to all those who pass after the event.

Do I have to take the course to take the certification exam?

Yes, course attendance is required.

Do I have to take the certification exam at the end of the course?

No, participation in the certification exam is not required, though it is included in the registration fee. You can also elect to sit for one of the exams and not the other(s) if you’re attending multiple days.

How are the certification exams given?

The exam is administered in a proctored, multiple-choice, time-constrained format. A Wi-Fi capable laptop or tablet is required to take the exam and you will receive your results immediately.

What kind of device is required to take the exam?

You will need a Wi-Fi capable laptop or tablet to take the exam.

Can I take the certification exam on my phone? Tablet? Laptop?

We highly recommend the use of a Wi-Fi capable laptop or tablet for taking the exam as the user experience on the phone is not ideal.

I don’t have a laptop; can I take the certification exam when I get back to my office?

No, to ensure the integrity of the exam, we require proctoring.

I’m already Pragmatic Marketing Certified; do I have to get recertified now?
No, anyone who is Pragmatic Marketing Certified currently, based on passing the Practical Product Management examination, automatically becomes a Pragmatic Marketing Certified–Level Two (PMC-II) under the new curriculum.  

I'm certified! How can I let the world know?
Congratulations! You're free to add your certification status in your email signature line, on your business card, your LinkedIn profile, etc.–anywhere you go to tell the world about yourself. Most people designate their certification this way: PMC - # of certifications received. So, if you've passed two exams, you'd be a PMC-II. If you've passed all six, you'd be PMC-VI. We also have a snazzy PMC logo that you can download from the Alumni Resource Center to add beauty to your obvious brains.

My company hosted the course onsite, but elected not to have us take the exams. Can I do so on my own?
You may sit for the exam of any course you’ve attended during the exam period of any one of our public training courses or, via Skype, during one of our defined testing periods each week. There is a fee of $25 for each certification. Please contact our registrar to reserve your exam seat.

I did not pass the exam. What are my options to retake the exam?
You can retake the certification exam at the end of any Pragmatic Marketing public training course or, via Skype, during one of our defined testing periods each week. There is a $25 fee that is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Travel arrangements and expenses are the participant's responsibility. To reserve your exam seat, please contact our registrar via email or at 480.515.1411. Please note that if you fail the certification exam three times, you will be required to attend the course again before being allowed to retake the exam.

I have taken Requirements That Work/Effective Product Management/Product Launch Essentials previously, can I take one of the new certification exams without attending the new course?
Sorry, you must attend the current course in order to sit for the certification exam.

I saw in a job description that they require Pragmatic Marketing Certification. Which certification do they mean?

Which certifications a job description is referring to will depend on the individual job. You will want to have Foundations certification, as well as certifications for the courses that cover the main areas of responsibilities for the job. But you can’t go wrong if you’re a PMC-VI and certified in all six.

My colleagues received their score via email but I didn't, even though I took the exam at the same time as they did.
If you did not receive the email at the same time your colleagues received theirs, oftentimes it means Pragmatic Marketing does not have your valid email address on file. Please send an email to info@pragmaticmarketing.com to verify your email address. Once verified, you should receive your score via email in 24 hours.

Can my company use the certification in its marketing?

No, only the individual who attended the training and passed the exam can use the certification. However, if the individual is named in company marketing material, use of the certification and logo is permitted for that individual's biography or professional profile.