The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the global professional association for project managers. It offers several certifications, two of that are directly linked to project management. The PMP® ;, or Project Management Professional certification indicates a thorough and deep knowledge of project management experience and significant experience managing projects or being in a leadership position on projects and being responsible for delivering results. The CAPM® ;, or Certified Associate in Project Management, requires similar knowledge. You pass a similar, but shorter test. The big difference is that it requires fewer years of project management experience than is necessary in order to qualify as a full Project Management Professional. The PMI also offers certifications for project schedulers, portfolio managers, and program managers.
Project Managers in the United Kingdom are eligible for the PMP® ;. However, they may also wish to consider the British PRINCE2 Certification.
To learn more about certification requirements and how to obtain your PMP® certification, please read How to Become a Certified Project Management Professional. If you’re an engineer, you might also wish to read check out Project Engineer to PMP by SMA Frankline. This article focuses on the advantages of CAPM® and PMP® Certification.
It’s no surprise that project manager certification is so desirable. Management degrees come in many varieties from IT and business management to construction. Leadership today is a constantly changing principle. Techniques from just ten years ago may no longer be as effective as the disciplines of today. Project manager certification is solid evidence that a management candidate has dedicated the time and effort to acquiring skills and knowledge necessary to handle synergism in a dynamic enterprise. A management certification program is the key to better earning power, better understanding of the employer-employee balance, and a step toward an even higher standing with other future programs.
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After you have chosen a project management certification program, it is important to understand scheduling rules including course schedule requirements, deadlines for payment, and what the testing rules are. Be sure to write important protocol down and review it when necessary. Print out any and all guidelines and keep them handy. Remember, online project management certification programs are just as formal in custom as those which require live attendance. The only difference is you can attend classes in your pajamas.
Project managers are in great demand, and earn good money. The PMI’s Salary Survey, 7th Edition, released in December 2011, shows that 71 per cent of the project managers got a raise within the last year. The median salary worldwide is $92, 000, and in the US, $105, 000. About 75% of project managers earn over $65, 000 per year. These salaries don’t include bonuses. These are frequent in some industries.
In these uncertain economic times, job availability is, maybe, even more important than salary. Certified project managers frequently remain employed and get raises. And if their current employer fails or lays them off, there are many openings, locally and internationally.
The PMP® and CAPM® certifications are based on knowledge in the PMI’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (®). This guide is both an in-depth introduction to the core essentials of project management and an outline of the methods used in many different industries and countries. The knowledge you have as a PMP® is relevant to project management work in many different types of enterprises: major corporations, government, small businesses, educational institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. It helps with everything from road-building to marketing to wedding planning. And its value is recognized across all these industries and in over 185 countries worldwide. So, if you wish to move into a very different field of work, your project management certification opens many doors.
Personally, I actually taught project management for many years before getting my PMP® certification in 2004. Early on, I was so busy traveling and training that I never took the time to study for the examination. For me, the PMP® certification had an unusual value-it opened the door to greater credibility as a professional author. It also gave me many opportunities to lecture and teach and to assist others get certified. It gave me the international recognition to land two major consulting contracts, one in California (all the way across the US from my home in Florida), and the other working from home for a global company.
The PMI has chapters in 78 countries, and has local chapters in all of the 50 United States and in Washington, DC. Wherever you are, you can find in touch with a local organization of professionals, many of whom are working for firms that are hiring.
Being involved in a local chapter offers opportunities for low-cost, high-quality learning, as well. It also is a large network of business professionals who can assist your career development in many ways. The wide variety of fields where project management is used means that you meet a lot of interesting people doing a lot of interesting things. You can also enhance your resume by volunteering your services.
The PMI offers many opportunities for certified professionals to keep learning and growing. In fact, continuing education is required if you want to save your certification. More important, though, are the many web-based, local, regional, national, and international learning opportunities available. There are also over 35 learning communities, also called special interest groups (SIG). So, if you’re inclined to specialize in a sector or develop project management theory, you can handle it with peers.
Personally, I have found it very rewarding to write papers and present at regional conferences. When a group of top professionals recognize that I am making original and important contributions to the area of project management, it means a lot to me.
For all, the convenience of having more information about project management and project management career opportunities all available through one central web portal at the Project Management Institute is immensely valuable.
Is it time to move on? Then do not stay local, go global! You can research worldwide project management opportunities online, then reach out to global chapters to extend your network. It’s a fascinating opportunity for travel, learning, career, and teaching growth.
It also gives you a lot of flexibility. Want a challenge? Find out what it is to do a work in a bankrupt nation by heading to Greece. Want to see the latest innovative technology? Interesting things are happening in New Zealand and Australia. Want to be involved in the largest long-term professional growth spurt in history-check out project management in China. Want to help in developing countries, or work re-building after a war? The opportunities to learn and serve are endless.
Relax, this is not a question aimed at trying to catch you out. Interviewers do not want you to fail an interview-they want you to succeed! The purpose of this item is not to see what a failure you’re but how you handle failure. Every project manager has a bad project in their history. They’re not expecting perfection.
As we have seen, the PMP® certification is a door to local and global career opportunities. But there is an inner gift here, as well. If we really learn the knowledge of project management, we learn to solve problems and work well with people. Even if we stay at our current job, we can transform our experience of that job. Right now, most projects fail, delivering unsatisfactory results, or delivering late or over-budget. That is a bummer for you and all the team-not to refer to the company. The professional rewards of doing the same work you are doing now, only doing it well, are amazing. Consistently delivering project success and customer delight on time and under budget is a fulfilling experience. And, if you are working for a well-managed company, the recognition, salary increases, promotions, and bonuses will follow.
Project management may begin at work. However, it ends at home. The abilities to get people working together and to get things done create a rewarding life. We can use our communications skills to improve our marriages and family relationships. We can teach our kids to run their own time and work, and get their assignments done. Working alone, we can develop fun and rewarding hobbies, or do service work that helps our communities. Remember, project management is about solving problems and making dreams real. That’s a lot more than a salary.
But times are hard. Maybe you do not even have a job right now, or you’re going to be laid off at the end of the present project. That’s okay. Project management can help. Planning and entering a new career is a project. Your next job hunt is a project. And, if you have not already gotten certified as a Project Management Professional, getting certified is a project, too.
What are the advantages of being a certified project management professional? It’s simple, but its big: you can solve your problems and make yourdreams real.