Chapter History

In response to increasing demand for project management professionals in the Charleston, SC region, our Charter members gathered in April 2000 to form the Charleston Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). The first open chapter meeting was held May 4, 2000. At our 10-year anniversary, we boasted that we had grown our membership to 410, as we enter our 19th year we have 622 members. Over the last nineteen years, the PMI credential has become even more widely recognized and is now often a requirement of employment as a project manager. Over this period, PMI recognized the need to provide a development model toward full PMP certification and to offer members specific skills and certifications. The number of current PMI Charleston members holding certifications are as follows: 452 PMP®, 26 PM-ACP®,  8 CAPM ®, PMI-RMP®, 1 PgMP® and 1 PMI-SP®.  That is a total of 491 members holding Project Management Institute certifications with 66% holding the PMP®.  Congratulations to each of you who have attained and retained your certification, which is recognized worldwide as an indicator of your knowledge, skills and abilities in the project management field.

The PMI Charleston Chapter has representation in a wide range of industries. The top twenty include: local and federal government, information technology, healthcare, aerospace, consulting, manufacturing, construction, energy, financial services, training, automotive, telecommunications, and pharmacy. Members include program managers, project managers, information technology professionals, engineers, designers, contract administrators, property managers and retirees.

In 2005, the State of South Carolina's CIO Office announced plans to promote project management within the state. Subsequently, SC.GMIS and PMI Charleston partnered to host the Leadership Summit. In 2010, a formal agreement was signed between SC.GMIS and PMI Charleston, whereby members of either organization could attend the other organization’s major events at the member rates of the hosting organization. In 2012, SC.GMIS and PMI Charleston agreed to co-host an Annual Leadership Summit. From that point forward, SC.GMIS and PMI Charleston have co-hosted the Summit, which takes place in March in the historic Francis Marion Hotel in beautiful Charleston, SC, and the Annual Project Management Workshop in Columbia, SC during July. Thirteen years of successful collaboration between two professional organizations and hundreds of volunteer hours result in opportunities for building new professional relationships, strengthening existing professional relationships, sharing in professional education, and enjoying the camaraderie of friends in a learning environment

PMI Charleston is focused on meeting the goals of a dedicated membership which are investing in their project management careers and professional development. PMI Charleston wants to do that through providing our members with local chapter events that provide access to knowledge, networks and resources that will foster successful completion and maintenance of the project management certifications. Chapter meetings are generally held during lunch on the third Thursday of every month between January and November. They consist of networking, a business meeting and a learning opportunity that may provide professional development unit credits toward certification. PMI Charleston welcomes non-member participants at each of our Chapter meetings and events. Demand is being met through an increasing number of individuals and local registered education providers (REPs).

An event highlight in 2019 is the PMI Charleston Seminar at Sea being held October 5th through the 9th.  This 5 day Carnival Cruise aboard the Sunshine (new this year to Charleston!) is a great opportunity to enjoy the company of other project managers, friends and family while earning 16 PDUs. Limited space is available.  Please visit to learn more!

We are very grateful to present and past PMI Charleston Board members for their countless hours and dedication to the Project Management profession and to the Charleston community. The Chapter is always looking for new ideas and volunteers.  Each event and initiative is an opportunity to visibly invest in your project management career. I urge you to recognize your call to leadership within PMI Charleston and I challenge you to help lead our chapter and your Board of Directors by emailing Amy Starman, VP of Administration ([email protected]) and me, Marie Bedard ([email protected]) so that we can work together to better serve PMI Charleston.

Get Involved

PMI Charleston offers multiple opportunities to get involved with the Chapter and play a part in providing the best product to Project Managers in the lowcountry. Please click here to see a list of the current open volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Mar 18

March 2021 Virtual Meeting

Anyone can perform well when everything goes right. The real test of you and your organization is how you react when things go wrong - and they will! These make-or-break moments are the "Dings!" of life.