PMP certification is probably the best known project management qualification and is often required by companies when employing a project manager. It is internationally recognised, held by over 700 000 professionals and based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification has become a valued management credential in business and shows you have a strong grounding in both leading and directing projects and teams in the workplace.
How does one get PMP certification?
PMP® requires a combination of education and experience, the passing of a multiple choice exam, and also the maintenance of credentials through ongoing work credits. So after successful completion of the examination process, the newly certified individual is expected to continue with relevant work experience for the next three years in order to maintain their credentials.
You can write the certification exam as a paper or computer based exercise and the cost is around $400 for members. Many project management training organisations offer guided preparation courses to help you prepare for the PMP exam.
The certification is globally accepted and offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
Can anyone become PMP certified?
In order to become PMP certified the following criteria must be met:
- One must possess an associate’s degree in combination with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education OR
- A four year degree with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education.
What value does PMP certification add to your career?
As a project manager, PMP certification has the potential to advance your career immensely. It will boost your resume, expand your skill set and validate your level of competency as a project manager.
It also has the following benefits:
- PMP certified individuals have the potential to earn higher salaries than those who aren’t certified.
- The certification process equips you with a deeper understanding of project management, giving you the confidence to operate efficiently and effectively.
- PMP training gives you the tools to operate within a globally understood management framework which helps immensely when communicating with team members, clients and fellow project managers.
- It provides you with networking opportunities that could serve to benefit your career in the long run.
- Having a PMP certification distinguishes you from others when applying for a job
- It is internationally recognised and so will not limit you to working in one specific location.
Getting PMP certification is a great career move for project managers looking to further their positions in the work place and become project management experts.