Top 10 Benefits of the PMP Certification
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Overview

This presentation will provide the top 10 benefits of acquiring the PMP certification.  It is primarily geared toward the individual contemplating taking the exam.  The list is shown from a from a “count down” perspective with the highest benefit ranked as #1….but shown last.

 

10. Provides International Recognition

The PMP certification is the number one sought after and demanded project management certification.  It is recognized globally as the pinnacle in project management certifications.

 9. Networking Opportunities

Acquiring the PMP certification places you in a very prestigious club.  It opens many doors that allows you to network with other PMP’s not only on a local level, but also plugging in to the international level.

 8. Validates your commitment to the career

By devoting the time to prepare for and pass the PMP certification exam demonstrates your commitment to your career in project management.  This commitment shows not only to your team, your peers, the company that you work for, but also future employers.

 7. Improve Your Company

The knowledge and skills that you will acquire while preparing for the PMP exam will be applied to your current projects, shared with team members, stakeholders and peers within your organization.  In turn, this sharing of information and improving project performance improves your company as a whole.

 6. Common Vocabulary

By acquiring the PMP certification, it means that you have now acquired a wide vocabulary of project management terms.  These exact same terms have been learned by others who have also acquired the PMP certification.  The benefit comes in that when applying the terms, you are drawing from a consistent definition of the term.  In other words, when you speak a term, it has a consistent definition and meaning to others; not only in your organization, but in other organizations in which you might interface with.  See the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Glossary Terms and Definitions here.

 5. Increased Chance of Project Success

By acquiring the PMP certification, you will have learned many proven tools and techniques that can help you deliver various processes.  By learning these proven approaches, you can now employ that on your project, thus improving your chance of successfully delivering the scope of that project on time and within budget.

 4. Set Yourself Apart from Other Project Managers

As you can imagine, the simple fact that having acquired the PMP certification positions you with a more advanced understanding of project management than someone who has not spent all the time studying and understanding PMBOK.  This applies not only within your organization, but also when applying for other job opportunities.

 3. More Job Opportunities

If you are searching for a job in project management, you will find that there are many opportunities out there that are looking for individuals who do not hold the PMP certification.  But, if you examine the project management job opportunities being offered that do require the PMP certification, you will find that list will grow tremendously!  You can use your favorite job board if you like, but here is a link to Project Management jobs on Monster.com.

 2. Better Job Opportunities

Whether you are looking for a better job in the company that you currently work for, or looking outside your organization, you will find that having the PMP certification will improve your opportunity to land those better jobs.

 1. Improved Salary

According to the most recent salary survey conducted by the Project Management Institute, individuals who hold the PMP certification make 22% more than individuals who do not.  See the “Project Management Salary Survey” here.







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