What is PMP® certification?
A Project Management Professional (PMP) has earned the most widely recognized and respected project management certification available. Achieving PMP certification brings with it many benefits and advantages.
PMP certification can supercharge your career, regardless of your industry. In addition, it helps organizations find the people best qualified to help them work smarter and improve their performance. Overseen by the Project Management Institute (PMI), it allows employees to demonstrate the education, experience, and skills required to successfully lead projects.
A key aspect making the PMP so relevant is a rigorous curriculum designed by project professionals for project professionals. Completion of this certification validates that those who achieve it:
- Are highly skilled in leading project teams in today’s ever-changing environment.
- Understand the technical aspects that go into successfully managing projects.
- Can successfully integrate project management and organizational strategy.
- Are committed to the PMP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which is a guiding set of principles professionals use to run their businesses with integrity, honesty, and accountability.
Benefits resulting from PMP certification
You are recognized as a professional who is committed to your work
The PMP certification is one that is recognized worldwide as a commitment to excellence in the field of project management. The skills required are applicable in all industries, and across many types of projects.
In addition to studying and passing an exam, PMP Certification requires a demonstrated track record of 3-5 years of related work experience, depending on the candidate’s educational level completed. Learn more about certification requirements and the process to get started.
You are well-versed in terminology and best practices
The most successful project management professionals recognize the value of developing communication skills. When you can speak the preferred common business language across teams and projects, you maximize your communication effectiveness.
You have the potential to earn more money
According to PMI’s most recent Project Management Salary Survey, “The median salary for PMP holders in the U.S. is 25% higher than those without PMP certification.” In 2017, the PMI commissioned a study by Anderson Economic Group to evaluate career growth opportunities for project managers. The study concluded that the project management role will grow by 33% (almost 22 million jobs) through 2027. With high demand comes higher earning potential for those qualified to advance.
You have learned new skills and established a greater applicable knowledge base
In addition to the many practical skills and depth of technical knowledge acquired as part of the certification process, completing the program demonstrates other skills, including dedication and perseverance. In order to pass the PMP exam, candidates commit to many hours of preparation, coursework, study, and mastery of a wide range of materials.
Beyond project management specifics, the PMP curriculum builds and strengthens skills around problem-solving, conflict resolution, leadership, communication, team facilitation, time management, and organization. Clearly important in the role of project management, these skills make employees valuable in any position they take on.
Employers also reap benefits
CIO magazine ranked the PMP as the top project management certification in North America. Employers can be assured that employees who have earned PMP certification are dedicated to excellence, perform at high levels, and have the skills to drive business results.
At Thurman Co., we embrace the PMI certification principles as part of the foundational framework driving how we operate and interact with clients, suppliers, and partners.
We help businesses manage projects to significantly impact their success and growth. When you’re ready to put your project in the hands of a trusted professional organization, contact us to learn more about working together.