Is PMP Certification becoming more or less valuable?

Published: 20th December 2011
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The Project Management Institute (PMI®) is the leader and the most widely recognized organization in promoting the best practices in project management. It was founded in 1969 and started offering the Project Management Professional® (PMP®) exam and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) certifications in 1984. These exams are gaining lots of popularity and demand in all areas of business and have become the industry standard certification for Project Management.

As more and more professionals started working on acquiring the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, many have skeptical view about PMP. Recently, one of my fellow members on a social blog posted a discussion on the similar topic. Almost 2000 members provided their views. A summary of their opinion is shown below.

•PMP® certification has become a more desired requirement. When applying for a job and two candidates are both completely equal, the one with a PMP® certification wins.

•The PMP® certification provides assured exposure to “baseline” project management knowledge and consistency of terminologies related to it. Hence, PMP® is a valuable certification

•PMP® credentials provide a good groundwork to get started and discover the art of project management to improve credibility of a project manager.

•PMP® has great value. No doubt PMP® certification is still important & highlights that you are a hard core project manager not simply project manager

•PMP® certification increased offered salaries about $10,000 US per year

•PMP® certification is a nice to have for all Project Managers. PMP® Certification from PMI® is very worthwhile.

•PMP® is becoming more a fashion than a skill. The people who were getting PMP® certificates were not the project managers. Practical experience is what counts in every profession.

•PMI®, PMBOK® and the PMP® qualification are not universally recognized. In Europe and Australia the qualification of choice is PRINCE2 and/or MSP. PMP is becoming less important in Middle East Region

•Those who come to an organization with a new PMP® as their only credential and very little technical project experience, they won’t be able to manage projects successfully. PMP® is valuable but that should only be part of developing yourself as a project manager

•The value of PMP® becoming increasingly diminished as newer project management methodologies (Agile & Scrum) becomes better at delivering projects on time and with the desired results. It doesn't really prove anything, but it's a basic knowledge that you must have.

•Too many PMP®s now with little real-life experience to show for the certification and PMP are only valuable for those working as PMs.

•It is the practical expertise and knowledge that makes a great PM. Soft skills cannot be learned in a class room and it is infinitely important to grow project managers in an organization because they know the climate of the organization. It doesn't make you a better project manager, just someone that knows how to read books and do well on a test.

•The PMP® certification does not encompass enough of the construction, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical requirements to give PM’s in these areas any significant advantage.

•Without education, a strong personality and character, experience (which is a pre-requisite anyway), the PMP® certification has no value at all.

•PM certification of any kind has less and less value because more and more people get the certification without having any real work experience. And a PM without work experience is worth nothing.

•A PMP® means that you passed a test, and that you have some experience working on projects. It does not mean that you have experience as a project manager. It does not mean that you have been successful as a project manager in the past. It does not mean that you are capable of applying the knowledge that you used to pass the test. The PMP® certification is a puzzle piece, nothing less, nothing more.

In my opinion, getting Project Management Professional Certification means that you have the knowledge to solve most common project problems. It proves that you know the stuff. Once you are certified your projects are most likely to be successful because you have the skills to make them thrive. As a result, you can earn more money, and you will earn more respect from your peers. Hence I would say PMP is a valuable certification.

What is your view? Please share with us.

Joseline Edward is a guest writer of Lucas Project Management Consulting Company which is offering 60 days PMP® and CAPM® Prep courses and Mock Up exams online. The course is offered worldwide at a very reasonable price. Check out the URL http://www.way2pm.com/ or our blog http://www.way2pm.com/blog/ for additional information.

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