With demand rising for certified PMPs, it is the perfect time to invest in your project management education and consider the reasons for achieving it.
Updated on: 24th October 2019
What is the PMP?
The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a global, industry-leading certification. It represents a deep understanding of planning, maintaining and closing all types of projects. As a PMP, you can work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location.
What are the requirements?
The PMP is for experienced project managers who are looking to validate their skills and document their knowledge. In order to qualify for the PMP you must have either the CAPM certification or a minimum of 35 hours of project management education.
In addition to this you must have one of the following options.
- A bachelor's degree with 3 years of project management experience and 4500 hours of leading a project
- A high school diploma with 5 years of project management experience and 7500 hours of leading a project.
What does the PMP involve?
You are educated on all elements outlined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). You can expect to explore, refine and develop your management skills in:
To pass the certification you are required to sit the 200-questions multiple-choice test.
Reasons to get certified
There are many benefits to having the PMP certification under you belt. We have put together our top 7 reasons you should consider it.
1. The PMP is truly global
The PMP is recognised world-wide, this means that it can open opportunities no matter where you are based. The PMBOK is a universal language of project management and can be applied to any project, in any geographical location and in any industry. This is certification remains a leading sort after certification, the demand of which continues to grow. It is the perfect project management certification to ensure endless opportunities in a sustainable way.
2. Bigger responsibilities
The standards for the rigorous PMP exam are higher than other project management certifications as it tests professionals on all five project management processes in the PMBOK. This will provide you with a detailed standardised and actionable set of best practices that they can apply to any task, across any industry. Subsequently, organisations will trust you to deliver the best results even on the most challenging of projects.
3. Stand out to recruiters
Research across industries suggests that companies prefer hiring PMP certified project managers over their uncertified peers. As the PMP demonstrates a high level of professional expertise in project management it will immediately catch a recruiter's eye during initial profile evaluation. With a predicted 15.7 million project management roles to be available globally by 2020, now is the time to get involved.
4. Builds confidence
The PMP builds on your knowledge and develops your skills. It has high standards that involve many hours of preparation prior to the extensive exam, meaning only the experience project management should attempt it. This is an opportunity for project managers to build up confidence and reduce any uncertainty in their role; if you gain the PMP certification, you are guaranteed to be trusted in your role.
5. Higher salary
Aside from proving that you’re more committed to your personal development, certified PMPs earn, on average 23% more than their uncertified peers. Professionals can start out at £35k, before moving up to £60k as a programme director and £100k as a senior programme director.
6. Networking opportunities
Certified PMP professionals form a global community, with project management knowledge, discussion boards, and online communities that attract PMPs from across the world. All of our project management collections come with a year's free membership to the PMI unlocking loads of networking opportunities and further project management content.
We also offer all of our students exclusive access to our Career Services, meaning you will have access to our networking guide to help you build confidence in this area before you approach the PMP community.
7. Prove yourself to be the right person to invest in
With large budgets to manage and huge initiatives at stake, businesses want to know that they’ve got the right person for the job. The PMP is a huge investment of time and effort and demonstrates an individual's stake in their future; ultimately showing that you’re a more secure choice than applicants without the certification.
Hear from PMP student, Adele and how her experience studying with Learning People lead to confidence and career development. You can also start your PMP journey now by requesting a career consultation and a project management expert will be in touch to discuss all the relevant details.