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Why You Should Get Your PMP® Certification

Posted on | October 1, 2007 | Comments Off on Why You Should Get Your PMP® Certification

As of September 2007, there were only 247,537* PMP®s in the world. You may say: a lot! And I will say, not really, if you take into account that the world’s population is over 6.7 billion. Now, don’t tell me that you don’t want to be the 247,538th PMP®! Even if you do, that’s not why you should get your PMP® certification.

It is the “because I got to have it” voice inside you. As if you didn’t already have that new gadget you just had to have, you also have to have the PMP® certification to show it off at your current work place and flash it to new and potential employers that are starving to hire you (most employers prefer a PMP® even if the salary is no different than for a non-PMP).

It is the notion of self-satisfaction when you are told that you passed the exam. The PMP® certification is a testament of, in most cases undeniable, proven competence. After you come out of the exam office you can yell and scream loud: “Yes! Thank [fill in the blanks]!!!”. You can now go home and start updating all your documents and business cards because your name has just changed to “yourname, PMP®”.

It is the commitment to the profession you have chosen to make a living off of. It is a feeling of completeness that possesses you after you met a great challenge (all the preparation, taking the exam) and came out victorious and ready for new ones in a battlefield you are now confident of.

It is the collateral benefits you gain:

• Achieving a PMP® certification improves your opportunity for professional advancement, including being more marketable, salary increases, job role and promotions

• PMP® certifications are relevant, valid, accurate, and reliable measures of the candidate’s skills and knowledge

• The value of PMP® certifications is recognized around the world

• Certified PMs recognize that achieving a professional credential also offers non-financial benefits such as being more credible with managers and colleagues, more confident, more productive with improved problem-solving skills, and more promotable

And, finally, yes, it is the pride to belong to a reduced group of professionals in the world… Don’t you think so…? Well, I do.

* Figure taken from PMI’s supplement “PMI Today”, October 2007 edition.


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