What you need to know about qualifying as a Project Management Professional
According to industry experts, anyone can be a project manager. But to be a really outstanding and successful one, a track record of successful delivery is a definite must. It also helps if the project manager has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
PMP is the topmost professional certification for project managers offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1984. It is ideal for all everybody who is looking to advance in their career.
The benefits for getting a PMP certification make a lot of sense. Not only does it provide a framework for project managers to grow their ability, skills, and creative experience. It is also a measurable springboard valid across industries and globally recognised as the de facto standard for project management.
For the project manager, the top 5 greatest benefits of having a PMP certification are:
1. Better progress within company
Having a PMP certification can help you progress successfully within the company. Some companies are already looking for project managers with PMP certification. By and large, the PMP certification creates visibility and helps make any career progression easier. Fresh job opportunities increase for the certified individual as well due to heightened levels of trust and assurance towards their professional work ethics and competencies.
2. Better salary
Those with PMP certification often command higher salaries compared to those who are not certified. PMP allows for salary negotiations with senior management because it makes a strong case for the individual’s abilities and attitude. It shows interest towards knowledge acquisition such as learning, sharing and reading. According to the 2010 PMI Salary Survey, PMP-certified project managers in six countries reported a USD10,000 (MYR38,000) salary advantage over non-PMP certified project managers.
3. Opportunity to train others
The PMP is a high-value credential that can boost the project manager’s self-confidence and encourage leadership skills. Those who are certified are often sought out by others seeking advice. For a team leader, this can be a chance to engage and impact as a mentor, which ultimately makes work more meaningful.
4. Increase your employability
Recruiters often use PMP as a basis to make the final cut for applicants in HR screening processes. It guarantees that the applicant has the necessary tools and understanding to get the job done. PMP looks great on a resume and it adds credibility to one’s personal brand value when interacting with clients and peers.
5. Networking potential
The PMP community is large and diverse – today, there are over 590,000 PMPs worldwide. Managers who have earned a PMP certification are linked within this professional network of like-minded individuals. During PMI meetings members often share fresh career opportunities and help to open doors towards bigger, more lucrative projects. And there are plenty of other opportunities, both online and off, were PMPs can interact with other project managers, build their professional network and investigate potential growth opportunities.
If you are currently evaluating whether PMP will benefit your career, you might want to try asking your Human Resources department. However, for an objective point of view and further advice, you are welcome to ask our PMP Learning and Growth specialists at TinkTank Talent Associates.
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