Program DPro

Program DPro is a globally recognized program management certification for development and relief professionals. This course gives you the skills you need to effectively design, plan and implement programs through their entire life cycle.

How to get 2 + 2 = 5? This is at the heart of program management. How do you manage a group of projects to get greater impact and control? We will work with participants to understand the challenges that they face and give them the advice, tools, and guidance and assist them in more effectively fulfilling their role, whether that be at the local, regional, or international levels.

We will also ensure that participants are ready to take the Program DPro certification.

The course is virtual social and mobile ready and runs on an award winning and user-friendly platform. As you go through the course, you will interact with facilitators and other learners, do e-learning modules and go through structured readings and participate in conversations about the different learning activities.

During the course, participants will learn to:

  • Understand the Program DPro phases including the disciplines and principles.
  • Explain how projects, programs and portfolio interact
  • Understand the relationships between projects, programs and theories of change
  • Articulate the complete scope of a program, including project and non-project work and inter-project dependencies
  • Practice program planning and understand how stage planning works at program and project level
  • Map out the stages of a program
  • Establish a culture of effective project management across the program.
  • Ensure the programs and projects are well governed
  • Understand the importance of issue and change management across the program
  • Develop action plans to improve management of existing programs
  • During the course, participants will cover everything they need to succeed in the Program DPro exam.

Upcoming Courses

Dates for upcoming courses are found in the calendar on our home page.


Do I need to have done PMD Pro?

No – but it is a really good idea! If you haven’t passed PMD Pro, you need to make sure that you are familiar with the ideas and concepts as these will be referenced.

Who is the course for?

This course is for people, who are familiar with PMD Pro and are either managing programs, large and/or complex projects or who wish to move into managing programs. It is also appropriate for senior support staff, who are supporting country teams, programs or program managers.

Will learners be ready to take the Program DPro Exam?

Yes. By the end of the course, everyone will be ready to do the course.

Is the Program DPro Exam included in the cost of the course?

No. Fee levels are set by PM4NGOs and vary according to the type of organisation. More information can be provided on request.