How we support our military and veterans

What we offer:

The PMI San Diego Chapter provides resources and mentorship for transitioning service members, active duty military, veterans and their spouses towards careers related to the project management field. The PMI San Diego Chapter also hosts many professional events that offer networking and mentoring opportunities to strengthen your career. As a member, you can take advantage of these events, volunteer, and help other fellow military both active and retired, learn the benefits of project management and give back to the San Diego community.

Is my military experience Project Management?

Yes. Many of your experiences during your service can be applied to prerequisites of the CAPM or the PMP. One of the roles of a project manager is the management of the three constraints: budget, time, and scope. A budget reflects the amount of money that the customer is willing to spend, time refers to the deadline of project deliverables, and scope represents the customer's goals and expectations. If you have managed and led work including these three constraints, then they qualify.

The PMI San Diego Chapter can help translate your military experience into required project management hours.

How does my military experience translate to PMI?

Let’s say you were preparing for deployment and in charge acquiring gear for your platoon a month before you depart. Your scope or deliverable as a project manager is to ensure that all your personnel have the necessary gear. In this case your time constraint is one month before your deployment date. The budget is ensuring that all the gear is accounted for since military equipment represents a monetary value. A small project like this from your military experience can easily fulfill requirements for a project management certification!

For more information here's an excellent Article by Veteran Eric Wright, Ph.D., PMP, CPD.

Are there ways to reduce costs for programs and certifications?

Yes. There are resources for low-cost and even free certifications. Below are a number of resources we’ve found that may help.

U.S. Army U.S. Navy Onward 2 Opportunity 
U.S. Air Force U.S. Marine Corp G.I. Bill


How can I use my GI Bill for licensing and certifications?

The VA will cover tests and exams costs for licensing and certifications up to $2,000. Use the Reimbursement of Licensing or Certification Test Fees (VA Form 22-0803) and follow these Instruction. *As of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, the V.A. will charge one month of benefits for up to $1,972.66 for the month - meaning a low cost certification will also be charged the whole month. 

*Costs and rates subject to change

Stories of fellow military members:

I was currently transitioning out of the United States Marine Corps after 5 years of service as an Aviation Radar Technician. As a service member, I was unsure whether I qualified for the Project Management Institute’s certifications, but with some research I have discovered that I do qualify with the experience I gained through the military. One experience that encompasses the framework of project management is the time I had to lead an exercise preparation. At the time I had to ensure personnel had the required equipment and were ready to go. I managed a timed deadline scheduled a few days before the exercise, a budget already invested in personnel gear, and a scope confirming each member was prepped. My experience ties with the three project management constraints and gave me insight into a marketable skill. Now, I am working towards passing the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification funded by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families at no cost to me. The resources from the PMI San Diego Chapter helped clarify my questions and encouraged me to become part of the PMI community.

-Edward Xia, USMC


As a transitioning service member, you must understand your skills and experiences gained in the military that will translate into a career in project management.

Every veteran has been exposed to the military’s planning process where a commander and staff take into account the situation, mission, execution method, administration, logistics, and communication. Similarly, the project management plan is an accumulation of subordinate plans that serve as the foundation of a project.

Military organization structure is generally hierarchical. An individual has a defined supervisor and subordinates within the same geographic space. In the field of Project Management, alternate structures exist that require relationships to be crafted between stakeholders from multiple departments in a company.

Much of the interpersonal, planning, and leadership skills that benefited a veteran in the military will also lead to success in business. PMI’s curriculum of value-based processes will help you acquire the knowledge to be successful in business and enhance your transition as a corporate leader.

-Robert Graham

For more information, follow this link to find more about the PMI Global Military Veterans Programs.