Project Management is—and continues to be—one of the best areas for IT professionals to explore. Project managers are in high demand across all of IT, and the skills that project management training provides can certainly secure a good position for anyone who takes the time to learn them.
As this article by Cornelius Fichtner explains, IT professionals are well aware of this need, and are looking to the Project Management Institute for certification:
IT workers are responding to this demand by increasingly seeking out project management certification. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), the number of IT professionals who hold the PMP credential has doubled over the past five years. The Project Management Institute offers the most popular project management certification in the U.S. — the Project Management Professional or PMP credential. It signifies that an individual is proficient in PMI's project management framework, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). It also indicates that the individual possesses significant project management skills and experience.
Are You Eligible
The desire to take the PMP exam, however, isn’t enough. You also must be eligible to take the exam as well. As the article explains, this means you either have a four year degree alongside at least three years of project management experience, or you have a secondary diploma and at least five years of experience in project experience (both eligibility criteria sets also come with a required amount of hours of project management education).
The article then goes on to share some of the more confusing aspects of the PMP exam (though Fichtner believes it’s not so much that the ideas are confusing, just confusingly written). In particular, the differences between Project Management Experience Hours and Contact Hours. To put it simply, experience hours are hours spent actually working in project management. Contact hours, on the other hand, are hours spent in formal instruction. Read the full article here: http://www.cio.com.au/article/364857/prepare_pmp_exam_part_1_assess_your_eligibility/