The Project Management Institute (PMI), the global organization responsible for certifying official project management professionals, has officially named the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) a Registered Education Provider.

“Having the designation of Registered Education Provider further establishes the validity of our Project Management curriculum, and it makes our courses even more valuable to students seeking eventual PMI certification,” said iSchool Assistant Professor of Practice Art Thomas.

In order to become a Registered Education Provider, a local committee of certified Project Management Professionals critiqued iSchool course materials in detail over the last several months. Their criteria for acceptance were based upon whether the course properly educates students in the Project Management Institute’s “Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK), an international standard of best practice in the field of project management.

“There is a prerequisite for various levels of PMI certification that require the candidate to have taken between 25 and 35 hours of formal instruction in the subject of Project Management, focusing upon the PMBOK,” Thomas explained. “Our students are therefore qualified in this particular prerequisite after they have successfully completed IST 445 or IST 645 Managing Information Systems Projects.”

PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, with more than half a million members and credential holders in 185 countries. The organization’s advocacy for project management is supported by globally-recognized standards and credentials, extensive research program, and professional development opportunities.