I’m often a contrarian in my thinking about much of what our industry calls Project Management, including what I deem are abuses of the PMP certification process. Yet, at the same time, I can’t help but feel that the PMP certification process is one of the very best Project Management improvements to come along in many years.
Later posts will divulge my contrarian-isms, but in this post I want to encourage up-and-coming Project Management professionals to legitimately pursue, and zealously maintain, their PMP certifications. In today’s world it is estimated that only about half of general Project Management job ads require a project management certification; but even if the job posting does not require it, your certification might make the difference over an equally qualified applicant.
Here are five characteristics that help influence me when reviewing a Project Manager’s credentials that include PMP certification:
- As noted above, PMP credentials (in addition to a successful Project Management work history) will distinguish you from project management professionals who do not have certification. This is especially true in a tough job market.
- PMP practitioners speak the same or similar Project Management “language”. Such standardization is invaluable for the creation of repeatable processes, for the development of organizational process assets, and for the review of lessons learned.
- I am personally swayed by professionals who put in the extra effort to add to their resumes by adding to their credentials, skills, and knowledge through PMP certification. This shows the same kind of drive that is often required throughout project delivery.
- Just as a formal college degree is typically good evidence of an individual’s ability to learn, persevere, stay organized, and manage time and self, PMP certification is formalized evidence of your professional ability and commitment.
- I am particularly partial to this last point, having spent my entire career in consulting. Your PMP credential is valuable to a consulting firm, as it can help the firm win and deliver projects. This vastly increases your overall value to the firm.
And you can take THAT to the BANK!!!
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