This was a question posed by ERP Analyst Derek Singleton in a recent blog post called, oddly enough, Should You Get Your Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification?
He brought up some interesting insights from project management and hiring experts, like
If you’re looking for a job as a project manager—or are still early on in your project management career—a PMP certification is a great credential to add to your resume. If you’re a project manager with a proven track record for managing projects, your professional experience likely speaks for itself, but a PMP certification can still help. Why? Recruiters often use certification to narrow their candidate pool.
Once you get past the resume screen, there’s a good chance that (if hired) you’ll earn more with the certification than you would without it.
…you don’t need your PMP to be a project management professional, but it can help you land a job more easily and will likely result in higher compensation for the time and effort invested.
One way to bolster your resume and position yourself to cash in on these job opportunities is to plan ahead and obtain your certification.
Here’s my take on whether you should get your PMP certification…
Getting your PMP Certification, requires real world experience managing projects, plus understand the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) “Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) in detail. I found by having my MBA , PMP and persistence to be an unstoppable combination in starting and maintaining a successful project management consulting and training business for over the last 17 years. The question you want to ask yourself is becoming a PMP make me more valuable as a Project Manager? All the PMP’s I know including myself agree it has helped their project management career.