You must have visited PMI’s website and checked out the info on the different Project Management Professional (PMP) credential requirements. You would have made a note that the exam process is lengthy and that the fee for the exam can be high for an entry level team member. If we put that to one side, you must have heard that obtaining a PMP credential can benefit your career. What are these benefits? Let’s look at 10 of them briefly, once again…
PMP Credentials Set’s You Apart -
Once you've completed the process of obtaining PMP Certification. You now have a regulated knowledge set and the credentials to prove it. When applying for a job, having the credentials next to your name will put you ahead competition.
Benefit Your Company with Exclusive Expertise -
Because you will have gone through the certification process, you will have learned a graded set of Project Management best practices to apply in your own company projects.
Command Higher Pay -
PMP certified project managers receive an average starting salary of $90,000 a year. Furthermore, PMP credentials will gain you a 20% increase in salary over uncertified Project Managers with similar qualifications.
Networking Potential -
Once you have earned your PMP credential, you will be in touch with new PMP aspirants, helping them with your expertise to pass the PMP exam. Likewise, you will be in contact with those already holding PMP certifications sharing their experiences. The more you connect/network, the easier it will be when it's time to move on. You never know who might help you obtain your next job.
Helps You to Evaluate Potential Employees and Team Members -
To be honest, we've all had teams that for whatever reason did not work together as a cohesive group. By obtaining a PMP certification, you will learn valuable skills that will in turn help you to evaluate whether or not that potential team member will be able to work well with everyone.
Provides you with Greater Job Opportunities -
Like every profession, project management is a field with some job opportunities only available to those with PMP certification. In fact, there are about 20% more openings than certified employees available. Now, that sounds like great odds to me.
You Will Have More Efficient Projects -
Because having a PMP certification hands you a set of tools to utilize in building efficient projects, you can improve the efficiency and productivity in all your project experiences.
Gain Invaluable Experience -
Because you must work through various situations you may not be familiar with in your own work environment, you will gain experience on how to solve complex and diverse project problems.
Make a Career Switch -
If you've been looking to make a career switch, PMP credentials can help you to do that. By gaining a credential where you might lack years of experience, you can start at the gates with a higher position and salary than otherwise you would be capable of.
Challenges You -
Finally, getting that PMP certification will not be the easiest thing you will do in your career. However, it will challenge you in a good way. You will gain self-confidence, knowledge and connections you wouldn't otherwise have.