Certified Project Director (CPD)

Certification Overview

Certified Project Director (CPD)

Exam Code: CPD-001

The Certified Project Director (CPD)® is globally recognized and is considered to be the most prestigious level of project management credential, which is designed for senior and experienced project management executives, who want to go beyond the PPM,  and other business / project management certifications.

The CPD certification allows experienced senior managers and executives to acquire new skills and advanced techniques in managing and controlling today’s complex project and management issues – from managing risks and quality to managing scope and budgets. Whether you are managing a group of project managers, managing multiple projects or looking for a career path towards being a Project Director, you’re on the right track! With common challenges in managing scope, risk, budgets and cost, a project team can be directed to be more focused and successful.

Senior and experienced project and management executives who want to go beyond the Professional level in Project Management certification to become globally recognized can seriously consider this certification.

E-Course Duration: 20 to 25 Hours

e-Competence Framework (e-CF)

The mapping of this certificate against the e-Competence Framework. To know more on e-Competence Framework (e-CF) visit, ECF

Exam Information

The exam comprises of 100 Multiple Choice Questions out of which the candidate needs to score 80% (80 correct out of 100 questions) to pass the exam, the CPD certification is considered to be one of the most difficult exam for Project Mangers (both mid level and high level) to pass.

Exams are online and proctored based, using a webcam and a reliable internet connection exams can be taken anywhere and anytime.

The total duration of the exam is 80 minutes (1 hour 20 Minutes)

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  • If a Candidate does not pass the exam in the second (2nd) attempt, the candidate must wait for a period of at least fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of their attempt to retake the exam for third (3rd) time or any subsequent time.
  • The exam can be taken any number of times.
  • The validity period of Certified Project Director (CPD)® Certificate is for five (5) years, the candidate needs to either retake the exam or can complete the E-Course for CPD to accrue the number of continuing education units (CEUs) to renew the Certificate. Renewing the certificate will allow the candidate to retain the professional stature and credentials intact.
  • Certificates must be renewed on or before the expiration date (when they become inactive) to be current.

CPD® is a Registered Trademark of GAQM.


The Certified Project Director (CPD)® Certification requires a mandatory E-Course completion requirement.

Note:  Maximum number of questions are drawn from the E-Course in the actual exam.

The candidate must meet all the following prerequisites as mentioned below

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s university degree; OR Post-graduate / Master’s university degree or above, or globally equivalent.

Apart from the above prerequisites, additionally the candidate must hold any one of the below mentioned certification/credential and must submit the soft copy certificate to candidate.registrations@gaqm.org

  • Professional in Project Management (PPM)™ from Global Association for Quality Management (GAQM)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)® from Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Prince2® Practitioner from Axelos
  • Certified Project Manager (CPM) from Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)

Course Outline

Module 1 – Introduction

  • When is a project a project and not an organizational activity?
  • What additional information would make the “projects” become “operational activities”?
  • Project Lifecycle phases?
  • Project Processes
  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Top 10 qualities of a Project Manager
  • The Project Team’s Key Players
  • Scope
  • What is a Scope Creep?
  • Five Scope Management Process for a Project Director
  • Budgets and Cost (Estimate Costs, Determine Budgets, Control Costs)
  • Fundamentals of the Project Life Cycle

Module 2 – Aligning Goals, Projects and Competencies

  • The Alignment Matrix
  • Rank the Priorities
  • Identify the top 3 skills needed to Manage each Project
  • Establish the Organizations 10 Core Competencies
  • Align the Project Skills by relating it to a Competency Value
  • Comparing listed strengths versus project skills to complete the Matrix
  • Comparing listed strengths versus project skills to complete the Matrix
  • Identifying gaps and Utilizing strengths

Module 3 – Organizing Multi-Project Communications

  • The Delivery of Information involving Multiple, Ongoing Projects
  • Influences on Communicating
  • Getting the Information to the Right People The Right Way
  • Completing and Simplifying the Communication Matrix
  • Communicating Issues; and, Managing and Documenting Change
  • Issue Log Document

Module 4 – Managing Risk Communications

  • Introduction to Managing Risk
  • ‘What is it and Where’ can I find it?
  • Probability and Impact
  • Risk Matrix
  • Tools for Managing Multiple Projects
  • Project Management Technology
  • Technology Needs Assessments

Module 5 – Tools for Managing Multiple Projects

  • Project Management Technology
  • Technology Needs Assessments

Module 6 – Leadership

  • Establishing Goals
  • Examining the Role of a Project Director
  • Project or Practice Management Roles
  • Project Accounting Roles
  • Examining the Qualities of an Effective Leader
  • Professional Qualities for a successful Project Director
  • Career Path Competencies for a successful Project Director
  • Organizational Responsibilities

Target Audience

  • Project Managers who manage multiple projects, Project Sponsors, Project Steering Group/ Project Board members, Project/Business Owners and Senior Stakeholder

Registration Process for E-Course and Exam

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  • Valid for 40 days
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  • Includes E-certificate and Digital Badge if you qualify in the exam.
  • Course Duration: 40 Days
  • Price: 250 USD


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  • E-Course is Valid for 20 days
  • This Package doesn't includes E-Voucher for Certification Exam.
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  • Course Duration: 20 Days
  • Price: 100 USD


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