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Online Certificate Course - Project Management Information Systems for Development Organizations and NGOs

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The goal of information management is to ensure that the right information reaches the right stakeholders at the right time. Project stakeholders, donors, partners, and beneficiaries depend on good and timely information to make good decisions.

You will gain a strong working knowledge of the concepts of project information management systems and be able to immediately use that knowledge to effectively manage the information in your project. Participants will receive a free copy of the course textbook.


This course is designed for all people that want to improve the way information is managed in their projects, including professionals wishing to upgrade their skills and knowledge, team members, supervisors of project managers and students of project management. Participants to our courses come from various parts of the world, a medium level of reading and writing English is recommended.

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Upon successful completion of the Project Management Information Systems online course, participants will: Understand the information management processes and information lifecycle, know the steps required to plan and manage project information and develop an effective project information management plan.


Module 1

1. Lesson 1 – Introduction to PIMS

  • 1.1. Problems with PIMS
  • 1.2. Definition of PIMS
  • 1.3. Levels of technology
  • 1.4. Information requirements
  • 1.5. The logical framework

2. Lesson 2 – Information Environment

  • 2.1. Information environment and dimensions
  • 2.2. Information logistics and workers
  • 2.3. Information standards
  • 2.4. Information politics, and culture
  • 2.5. Information governance and strategy
  • 2.6. Information architecture
Module 2

3. Lesson 3 – Components of a PIMS

  • 3.1. Components
  • 3.2. Scope
  • 3.3. Schedule
  • 3.4. Budget
  • 3.5. Team
  • 3.6. Beneficiaries
  • 3.7. Results

4. Lesson 4 – The Information Cycle

  • 4.1. Information cycle*
  • 4.2. Information needs and sources
  • 4.3. Information selection and collecting
  • 4.4. Information organization and analysis
  • 4.5. Information reporting and use
  • 4.6. Information evaluation and improvement
Module 3

5. Lesson 5 – System Development Lifecycle

  • 5.1. System development
  • 5.2. System development lifecycle (SDLC)
  • 5.3. System requirements and design
  • 5.4. System development and testing
  • 5.5. System training and deployment

6. Lesson 6 – Managing the PIMS

  • 6.1. Managing the PMIS
  • 6.2. The information management plan
  • 6.3. Information collection
  • 6.4. Information analysis and reporting
  • 6.5. information access and security
  • 6.6. Evaluating and improving the PMIS


There are no requirements to take this course, although the students will benefit if they know the type of work that occurs in development organizations and development projects, or had some experience working on a project. Students should have a good internet connection, Adobe Reader in their computers as well as MS Office to work on the course assignments. Good connectivity is required to watch some of the online videos. As a convenience to our remote students, you can download most of the course material to read offline. A copy of the textbook will be available in pdf format. More information at

Student Feedback:

“Very good blending of learning methods aiming to improve knowledge and application in daily work of PMIS concepts. Highly theoretical course, missing the conversion of the theory into a practical application embedded in the course curricula.” - Manuela Gazibar*, World Vision – Romania*

“This was one of the most well organized, researched and structured eLearning course I have ever done with tremendous support from the tutor as if he knew me personally who even wrote to me to enquire if I had any challenges when I lagged behind and offered to help in any way possible. This personal touch made me feel special and encouraged me triple-fold. I have already used some of the skills even before completion and I could see from my boss that he was very impressed with the WBS logframe, and asked me to share it with our Regional Office.” Malindi Kaima, Child Fund International – Zambia

“Excellent course teaching fundamentals and processes behind the development of an effective information management system, with the right focus on automation and technological tools. Extremely helpful in situated the mindset required for complex information management. Thank you!” Arnab Majumdar, MSF Canada – Canada

This training can also be customized for your institution upon request. You can have it delivered to your preferred location. For further inquiries, please contact us at our email: training

In 2013 PM4DEV became a PMI Global Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). It means that our courses meet the strict criteria from the largest project management organization of the world and that increases the value you obtain from learning at PM4DEV. Your investment in learning is secure, and you can be certain that our courses have the quality you expect.

Renseignements sur les frais

The course fee is $125, Students that successfully complete all course requirements will receive, via US Mail, a printed and signed Certificate of Completion. This course is part of the certification program CDPM (Certified Development Project Manager). For more information about this program please visit our website at

Comment s'inscrire

The course fee is due before the start of the course, you can receive a 20% discount if payment is made one week before the course starts. Use the promo code 20PMIS to obtain the discount. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course. Visit this link to register online:

For other types of payment and if you have any questions you can contact me at the following address:

Ana Torrelio
Student Services
Atlanta, USA