Professional certifications demonstrate a documented level of expertise established according to set standards within a given field. That being the case, perhaps it is time to learn more about the PMP certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a professional organization dedicated to advancing the field of project management. The PMP certification confirms your ability to lead and direct teams as a project manager (PM).
List Your PM Qualifications
Begin this look into PMP certification with an accounting of your project management history. Note the responsibilities you have fulfilled that align with this partial sample of typical PM activities:
- Effectively leads teams of various sizes.
- Coordinates cross disciplinary members to achieve established benchmarks.
- Prepares performance and financial reports for leadership, regulatory bodies, and funding agencies/organizations.
- Manages project budgets, including oversight of fund/revenue acquisition, expense authorization, and contract coordination.
- Develops and implements systems, procedures, and training that lead to positive project outcomes.
Review PMP Certification Benefits
Most notable is that the PMP Certification moves your resume from a hiring manager’s ‘received’ list to the ‘review’ list. Others include:
- A boost in salary from 5-20%
- Validation of performance that meets an agreed upon set of international standards.
- A certification that is truly global, offering the potential benefit of employment in a multinational environment.
- One of the leading PMP jobs in the U.S. is consulting, a management role for projects needing financial leadership.
Assess Your Readiness for Becoming a Certified PMP
As with other certifications, the PMP certificate has set educational and experience requirements to fulfill prior to taking the exam. These are:
- Regardless of educational level, you will need 35 hours of PM education.
- A minimum of a secondary degree (high school diploma, an associate degree or global equivalent), and 7500 hours of leading or managing projects; or
- A bachelor/four-year degree, and 4500 hours of directing or leading projects.
- Set requirements for maintaining certification.
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