Volunteer FAQs

How Do I Find Volunteer Openings And Apply?

The PMI® Volunteer Relationship Management System (VRMS) is

  • a searchable, centralized, and integrated volunteer web application and database available to current and prospective volunteers. The VRMS integrates with the PMI® membership database and improves the volunteer process and user experience.
  • is a great tool that lets you create a volunteer profile, search for opportunities that will enhance your leadership skills, and build your professional network in addition to earning PDUs.  You can search for opportunities to volunteer at our Chapter or worldwide using VRMS.

NOTE: The South Western Ontario Chapter uses VRMS to help its volunteers maintain their volunteer profile and service history, and search for volunteer opportunities and apply. Both members and non-members can create their own login and password to use the VRMS.

To Utilize VRMS:

Chapter Members, log in with your PMI Global username and password; Non-Members, you may create a username and password the first time you visit the VRMS system. To search for volunteer opportunities, look at all positions, select Houston Chapter under Communities, and Click "Search". 

TIP: Review your volunteer profile and update your service history often!

What Happens Next?

All volunteer applications are sent to the hiring manager listed in the Job Description, who will contact the applicants and make a selection. If you are selected for the position, you will receive an email offering you the volunteer position. If you do get the offer, please click the 'Accept' button. If you don't get the offer, please apply for other jobs. 

TIP: Depending on application volume and availability, this process could take some time, so please be patient  Join Our Volunteer Pool: If you would like to help out in an area that is not listed currently, or you have a different skill you would like to share, let us know. We might create an opportunity just for you! Just send us your information.

How Much Time Is Required?

Volunteer opportunities range from short-term commitments of a few hours to long-term team lead roles. For example, the volunteers at the registration tables before the Chapter meetings are on duty for a few hours, while members of the Board of Directors make a two-year-long commitment. The Chapter has many opportunities available. Whatever your skills or schedule, we’ll find a way to use your talents!

Can I Earn PDUs?

Yes!  All PMI certifications holders, with the exception of CAPM, can earn PDUs while volunteering.  The requirements for each certification can be found within the CCR Handbook

Under the giving back category, you may claim a maximum of 25 PDUs. For example, if you volunteer with a PMI chapter, you may be able to claim PDUs for that contribution. Under the education category, the minimum PDU requirement is 35 PDUs. 

*Note:  CAPM certification holders do not have to earn PDUs to maintain their certification. To maintain your CAPM, you must retake the exam every five years.

If you would like to reach out to the SWOC Volunteer Services Team, please contact the VP Volunteer ([email protected]).  For information on your PMI Certification and how to report your earned PDUs, visit PMI Certification FAQs and PMI CCRS