Is the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification worth it?

Is the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification worth it?

A recent PwC survey states that certified PMP project managers handle more than three fourth of the high performing projects. Also, companies with more than one-third PMP certified managers have much better project success than companies which do not. What's more? PMP is the fifth highest-paying certification in the year 2016.

Benefits of doing a PMP certification

1. Adds value to the resume

There are several professional certifications that you can pursue throughout your career. But, among all of those, PMP certification is the most valuable certificate programme. Hence, they tend to prioritize profiles with PMP certification over those which do not have such certification.

Project management jobs are high in demand. So, in most cases, several people apply for these jobs. It is time and resource consuming for the company to interview and assess the potential of all the applicants. As such, they like to filter out as many people as possible before the project management interview process. This is where the PMP certification proves beneficial as it is one of the most objective ways in which one can shortlist the candidates.

Furthermore, many companies are making it mandatory to have a PMP certification. It means you cannot even apply for some positions without these credentials.

PMP certification can also be extremely valuable if you plan to advance in the current company you are working at. It puts you way ahead of your colleagues in terms of moving up the career ladder. Also, a certified manager can do much better in a grueling project management interview than a non-certified one.

2. Provides Industry recognition

PMP is global and works with any industry and in any location. So, regardless of the professional background and industry, you can gain by adding the certification to your resume.

If you are just starting out your career in project management, then PMP certification will make up for the lack of experience. Say you are experienced and have a proven track record of your work. Then PMBOK certification can take you to the next level in your company.

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