6 Compelling Reasons to go for Project Management Professional CertificationThe way to achieve success in life depends largely on what exactly it means to you.
Plus, success never comes alone.

At first we face the competition to stand apart from our competitors in school then struggle to get through a good university begins followed by struggle to get a jump-start in professional life and efforts to match up the job expectations.

However, I personally feel that success is not merely getting a job in the age of information dominance.There is a lot more things involved that define success.
It is about persistent learning which helps to broaden the skills and unleash the potentials to grow as an individual and a professional both. Brushing up the existing skills in order to achieve excellence can truly work wonders to get a competitive edge over others.

In the process to come up with an informative write-up on PMP certification, I got a wonderful opportunity to get some valuable insights of some professionals of niche industry including PMP experts and aspiring PMP candidates.

The first thing that hit my mind is:
What value PMP certification holds?
For the uninitiated, taking the PMP exam is a costly matter and also complicated.
What’s more, good deal of preparation goes into it?
So, it is really worthy enough to jump in the bandwagon to achieve PMP certification?

There once was a time when mostly the senior most people or the seasoned technicians were considered ideal for the designation of Project Manager. The process to hire or assign the job of a Project Manager has been revolutionized over the last couple of years. The systematic project management practice is the need of hour.
This is the reason more and more organizations are in forever lookout for the certified project management professionals, backed by years of extensive experience with the practical knowledge.

Let’s take a look at the enticing reasons on why PMP certification has surpassed the other professional certification courses:

PMP certification adds value to the Resume:

As organization around the world are in the search of PMP certified professional, having this credential adds great value to the resume of a candidate. It enhances the chances of your resume getting selected brighter.

“The PMP certification has given me a boost to my resume as well as my confidence. I have seen the change of attitude of recruiters since the time I have attained the certification.”
AndreasAriefB. ,IT Lead & System Analyst in 1View Program Management PT. Bank CIMB Niaga, TbkBanten Province, Indonesia.


Demand of the Industry:

There is a dire need of PMP certified professionals to lead a project to success. Almost all the clients and companies are willing to give their projects in the safe hands of a PMP certified professional. Having PMP certification enables you to take hold of such prestigious projects.

“I have been working as a project manager and handling projects but client look out for a PMP certified project manager to handle their projects. And after I got the certification I have felt and seen the change.
Kaye Fletcher, Construction Professional,
Sydney Area, Australia.


Higher CTC:

PMP certification is undeniably the one of the most esteemed credential for Project Managers which helps them fetching higher salary than the non-PMP certified professionals. Going by the 2010 Salary Survey, in the six major countries PMP certified professionals have a $10,000 USD salary advantage when compared to the non-PMP certified professionals.

“PMP certification has definitely added value to my career and more specifically in terms of money. I have got a growth as well as a hike since the time I got PMP certified.
Naeem Ahmed, PMP, CSCM, ITILV3F, Solution Architecture Manager – Supply Chain Consultant, Saudi Arabia.


Excellent Networking Opportunities:

The August 2011 issue of PMI’s publication PMI Today revealed that there are 357,770 people around the world are associated with the PMI. The number of people joining it is continually growing. The PMI is also known to organize PMI meetings in many metropolitan centers. During these meetings, one can earn PMPs invaluable Professional Development Units (PDUs) that are requisite when it comes to renewing the certification every three years.

The PMI meetings can work as a fresh career opportunity to many as there are time slot given to people so that they can share good job opportunities available in their firms.

“PMP certification has given me the access to huge group of people. I have met and got a chance to know so many people through the PMI platform”.
Prasanna Kumbashi Gopalkrishna, Test Lead, First Advantage Offshore Services Private Limited, India.


Improves the way projects are managed:

An individual’s interest in acquiring a PMP certification speaks volumes about his dedication to improve his existing skills. It signifies that the person is totally committed to his profession. This certification is just a mean to study new and advanced theories of project management, but it aims to provide the methodical way to handle a project and improve the entire process to a great extent. This is something which brings in the success for a project.

“I have handled projects even before I got PMP certified, but my knowledge and way of handling projects has changed and definitely improved after understanding the PMP certification course.”
RajanKommu, Project Co-ordinator, Global Shared Services, India.


Supports to stay one step ahead with the Industry:

As mentioned above, PMP certification is no less than bliss for enthusiastic project management professionals. It gives an edge over non-PMP certified people. The major reason behind this is the certification provides an idea to be more in-line with the industry while staying in accordance with the industry standards.

“Being PMP certified I feel the difference; I feel more confident as I see myself more in-line with the industry requirements and needs.”
Shreenath Sreenivas , Project Manager at Thomson Reuters.


About the Author:

Krishna Kumar – Founder & CEO: Simplilearn Solutions Private Ltd.

Krishna Kumar completed his engineering at NIT, Surathkal and has gained 13yrs of experience in the IT industry. He is very well known for his entrepreneurial achievements and has a track record of establishing new ventures in the IT field and taking it to new heights. Currently the CEO of Simplilearn Solutions, he displays his expertise in e-commerce, through innovative online learning portal, that helps professionals round the world in achieving their world recognized professional certifications.

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