Many people have asked us if they need the prestigious PMP certification. The reason for this question is not far-fetched. While many people think that project management is only for people in engineering and technical fields, others think just a knowledge of the profession is enough. Before we dive into our discourse to examine if you actually need a PMP certification, let us quickly take a look of certain facts.
According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK©), Project Management is the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project objectives. This is a beautiful definition. Picture yourself standing before a client who hands you a list of objectives they want you to assist them achieve within a particular time and within a particular budget. Armed with the objectives, you can create and sequence activities that can help you to meet those objectives. Expertly applying your knowledge and skills, coupled with certain management tools and techniques to achieve those activities at the shortest time and shortest cost possible is what project management is.
Note that the definition made NO mention of engineering or technical field.
PMP is Project Management Professional©. It is awarded by Project Management Institute (PMI©), the organization that awards the certification when you meet certain requirements and sit for an examination. The certification is the most popular project management certification in the world. It is reported that people who earn the certification experience a significant change in their remuneration.
You need the PMP certification for a number of reasons
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