Is it Worth the Effort?
Getting a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification certainly has its perks—but are those perks worth the time and effort of going after the certification? This is the question that Brain Crawford attempts to answer in this blog post from entangled.com. Crawford lists pros and cons to getting the PMP certification, explaining each element in detail and how he came to each particular conclusion. His first “pro” point is that the PMP certification looks great on the resume, and that the certification also proves you have project management experience. Furthermore, when you earn your PMP certification you join a whole world of PMPs:
Being a PMP links you to all of the other PMPs in the world, and there are plenty of those. According to the August 2011 issue of PMI’s publication PMI Today there are 357,770 PMI members across the globe – and this number is growing. PMI stages frequent PMI meetingsin most major metropolitan centers, where PMI members (many, but not all of whom are PMPs) get together to network and learn about project management theory. These meetings can also earn PMPs valuable Professional Development Units (PDUs) that are needed to renew their certification every three years.
But It’s Not All Good
In the “cons” section, Crawford lists the expense of the certification, the time-consuming nature of preparing to take the PMP exam, and the upkeep associated with having a PMP certification (you must earn sixty PDUs over the course of three years in order to keep the certification). Outside of the PMP itself, Crawford shares that the PMP certification is only one of many certifications available—and there is naturally a chance that other certifications are more appropriate or beneficial given your own needs. The last point the author makes is that having a certification doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good project manager—so don’t expect a PMP to grant you any sort of mystical powers to prevent project failures.
Read the full blog post here: http://entangled.com/is-it-worth-getting-pmp-certified/