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DynCorp International Team Members Earn PMP Certification

As a company that focuses on developing its leaders, DynCorp International encourages all of its personnel to explore opportunities to enhance their skills. DI offers its own set of internal Leadership 101, 201 and 301 courses, and encourages personnel to pursue additional external professional development opportunities. As a result, DI employees around the world are identifying ways that they can work together to expand their knowledge to improve the quality of service that they bring DI’s customers.

One recent example came from DI’s Air Operations business area, where DynCorp International team members Jeanna Johnson, Gustavo Forero, Eugene Hanciles and Janet Simmerman earned their Professional Project Manager (PMP) certification with the help of their PMP-certified colleagues.

To prepare for the PMP examination, current PMP-certified DI team members working in the Air Operations business area team volunteer and host weekly in-house classes for a period of 10 weeks to help their colleagues.

Each week, the prep course covers one of the nine knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  Course subjects included Project Management Integration, Project Management Scope, Project Management Cost, Project Management Human Resources, Project Management Risk, Project Management Procurement, Project Management Quality and Project Management Communications.

Terrance Fisher, Sr. Logistics Manager, and John Leavitt, Sr. Manager, Project Management Team, established the in-house PMP prep program.  The program is supported by PMPs who act as instructors for each of the prep classes based on their area of expertise and experience.  Current instructors include Fisher and Leavitt as well as Joseph Balser, Information Technology Supervisor, Pat Thomas, Process Improvement Manager, Nora Garza, Project Manager and Clifton Edwards, Sr. Management Analyst.

Project Management Professional (PMP)

The Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is given by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP demonstrates that an individual has the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects.

Before taking the PMP examination, preliminary requirements include:

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent)
  • At least three years of project management experience
  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education


  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent)
  • At least five years of project management experience
  • 7,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 hours of project management education

DynCorp International’s Air Operations Business

DI provides extensive specialty aviation support for efforts to reduce the flow of illicit drugs, strengthen law enforcement and support host nations.

On a daily basis, FAA-screened and certified professionals execute critical missions across the globe. Supported by experienced pilots, mechanics and technicians – employing best-practices on the latest in equipment and technologies – each mission is carried out with maximum effectiveness and security.

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