Is A PMP Certification Right For You?

Paul Naybour

In your PM career, there are lots of different ways to upskill, including getting a PMP certification. Here we look at whether or not the PMP could be right for you.

If you are looking to move ahead in your project management career, there’s no doubt opting for the PMP certification could help. But it isn’t the only project management certification available, and will cost money if your organisation doesn’t fund it, so it makes sense to take time deciding whether or not it will help you progress to a better position. Here are a few considerations to help you decide whether or not it is right for you:

Will It Stand Me In Good Stead With My Next Employer?
Formal project management training can only enhance your chances of advancing in your career, but pitted against other professionals the PMP alone might not be the one thing to make you stand out. There are other certifications out there that are more appropriate for PM jobs both in the UK and internationally, and many positions will want to know just as much about your experience. In some roles, particularly those involving smaller projects general skills such as good communication, organisation and common sense are all part of the package you will need to bring. On the other hand, some industries do require the PMP certification from applicants, particularly US companies or international organisations doing business worldwide so it really does depend where your sights are set.
What Are The Main Benefits Of The PMP?
By attending a reputable project management training course like PMP it will highlight all your knowledge gaps and show you not only what you don’t know, but how many resources there are out there to help you improve and succeed in your project management career. Training can provide renewed enthusiasm for your chosen career and enable you to better deliver projects for your employer meaning better job satisfaction for you. For many, the main benefits of the PMP are stronger communication skills, standardisation of processes to improve project outcomes, and, of course, the potential for higher earnings.

Can I Do The PMP Training Without Existing PM Experience?
The simple answer to that is: No. You must have prior experience in project management and a certain level of academic qualifications, specifically:
·    3 years of project management experience in the workplace plus a bachelor’s degree or 5 years of demonstrable experience if you have no degree.
·    Attendance at an approved 35 hour training course, such as the PMP course offered by Parallel Project Training
·    A commitment to continuing professional development (CPD) in order to maintain your accreditation
Is the PMP Certification All I Need?
Once you have acquired your certification you will need to keep your skills and knowledge up to date with professional development units (PDUs.). This is to ensure that your certified competencies stay relevant and up-to-date. There are many different ways of earning PDUs such as:
·    Further Training
·    Giving a Presentation
·    Writing Content
·    Volunteering
·    Informal Learning

Is It Right For You?
Only you can decide whether or not the PMP Certification is right for you. Do your research, speak to others who have done it and compare it to other certifications.

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