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Why Every Project Manager Should Be PMP-Certified

Boost your career

 

Successful project management conceptThe PMP exam assesses a project manager’s education and experience, and will validate a professional’s skills in the eyes of current (and future) employers. By proving an ability to complete challenging projects, your value as a project management professional will increase, giving you the scope to lead, direct and implement increasingly difficult (and rewarding) projects.

 

PMP holders are an elite network of professionals who actively network and engage with each other. Become a PMI member during your studies and you’ll be able to interact and learn from others in your field. Join a PMI chapter in your local area and stay in touch with other project managers — this is a great way to network and may even lead to new career opportunities.

 

You never know who might help you obtain your next job. The more you put into your field, the easier it will be to get the job you want when it's time to move up the career ladder.

 

PMP holders can also expect a 20 percent higher salary than their uncertified peers, according to data from PMI’s Earning Power Salary Survey. Plus, the average salary (as researched by PayScale) for a PMP-certified project manager working in IT is between $65,000 and $125,000.

 

What’s next? Become agile

 

New research has shown organizations that embrace agile methodologies and practices for project management are more likely to be successful; 71 percent of organizations are now using agile approaches within their projects.

 

Success rates for IT projects are now on the rise, according to a recent Pulse of the Profession report from PMI. Many link this trend with the increasing use of agile methodologies that emphasise flexibility and creativity to stay on schedule despite from unforeseen problems.

 

Agile skills are increasingly being seen as crucial for project managers. For PMP holders, there’s already a route to proving this knowledge with the PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner).

 

Through the PMI-ACP, IT professionals can invest in learning the agile skills and methodologies that are increasingly crucial in every industry. Professionals will learn how to lead agile projects with a reliable framework that spans many approaches, like Scrum, Kanban Lean and extreme programming (XP).

 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex Bennett of Firebrand TrainingAlex Bennett is a digital marketing assistant at Firebrand Training. Alex has worked in the IT training and certification industry since 2014. He writes regularly about Windows Server, Microsoft Azure and IT security.