I’m a strong believer in professional certifications. I think they show professional commitment, a specified level of knowledge, and a presumption of technical expertise.
Regarding your question of is a PMP right for you, it depends what you want to do professionally long term. Getting a PMP is a big investment in both time and money. If you feel that project management has been a good stepping stone for you and you are ready to move on, then no, it may not be worth your while. That said, if you want to be a project manager long term, then yes, it can have incredible value to you.
The PMP is a great certification and carries with it a high level of prestige within the project management and Information Technology (IT) community. I would also say that a PMP is highly respected within non-IT communities where strong project management skills are required.
If you plan on a long term career as a project manager, then yes, even with your level of experience, I would suggest getting your PMP. I say this for the following reasons.
Will expose you to mainstream thinking on project management standards, techniques, best practices, and current trends
You will learn great new tricks and techniques to assist you in your project management activities
When hiring, many companies are now giving preference to project managers that are PMP certified
It’s a formalized display of your professional ability
If working for a consulting firm, your PMP credential may help your company win business, making you more valuable to your firm
Will provide networking opportunities with other PMPs
Will impress your friends at cocktail parties
Will provide potential teaching opportunities by teaching PMP classes to future PMP candidates
Illustrates personal drive to further your credentials, knowledge, and professional abilities
Helps to distinguish you from other project management professionals in this tough job market
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