Project Management Institute
Global Accreditation Center
for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)
GAC for students
Choosing a project management program is no easy task. While there are many factors to consider, one factor you shouldn’t overlook is GAC accreditation.
Use this page during the first steps in your project management education. Get more information on the project management profession, why GAC accreditation is important, and additional resources to help you succeed.
What GAC accreditation means
As a student, you can choose a GAC accredited program with confidence, knowing that it offers high-quality project management education. As an added benefit, graduates of GAC accredited programs receive 1,500 hours of project management experience toward earning the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)® and the Program Management Professional (PgMP)® credentials.
The GAC is a member of the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors (ASPA), the only unified, national voice that supports the importance of specialized and professional education. GAC subscribes to the ASPA Code of Good Practice.
- Watch ASPA’s video on the importance of specialized accreditation.
- Download a brochure by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation that explains the importance of accreditation.
- See the GAC Accreditation Advantage research report.
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About project management
If you’re unfamiliar with project management, use the links below to learn more information on what it is, who executes projects, and how Project Management Institute (PMI) works to advance the profession.