Many times we are asked what benefits project management certification offers to the unemployed and/or those already employed as project managers looking to further their skills. Here are a few things to consider when enhancing your project management skills and obtaining your Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.
History on PMI Certifications
Administered by the Project Management Institute, the Project Management Professional Certification has been recognized since 1984. In 2007, the PMP certification was further validated by obtaining accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). PMI was the first organization to offer a credential specifically for project managers, and this certification program remains the global standard. Developed by practitioners for practitioners and representing our diverse global audience, PMI certifications give you a technical and financial edge.
In choosing to achieve your PMP, it’s important to note that unlike other professional certifications, you are required to periodically renew your certification. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has various forums and support communities that enable you to leverage the knowledge and experience of fellow Project Management Professionals.
Why should I get certified if I want to be a Project Manager?
PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to lead and direct projects. A certification from a third party, global organization provides an unbiased seal of approval for your knowledge and skills.
Why should current Project Managers get certified?
Standing out within your profession can be difficult, but with professional certification, you show personal drive and dedication to your career. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you. While you’re well aware of the implications of your job and know that ensuring project completion within budget is priority number one, a PMP certification can provide further benefits, including: competitive advantage, salary boost, and advancement opportunities. This recognition is seen through increased marketability to employers and higher salary; according to the PMI Project Management Salary Survey–Seventh Edition, certification positively impacts project manager salaries. The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams.
Want to learn more about accomplishing your PMP or CAPM?
Take a look at our PMP and CAPM certification courses or if you are interested in learning about Microsoft Project, view all our upcoming project management courses here.