Why you should get your Project Management Certification? Are you still thinking if you should get certified or not? Below you will find the top 10 reasons why you should get certified are soon as possible. Just to clarify, by Project Management Certification I am referring to the Certifications given by the Project Management Institute (PMI). I am a Certified Project Manager Professional (PMP®) with more than 15 years experience. I have managed many projects in different domains but mostly I am managing Software Development Projects in high demanding real time environments. You may have heard the motto “Failure is not an option“, with Project Management skills you just make it happen. It is not magic, it is knowledge and experience.
So, enough said, let’s talk about the Top 10 reasons to get your Project Management Certification list:
- Demonstrate your Project Management Skillset. Yes, you are managing projects for many years so it is a must to have your skills certified. Show to everyone that you know the current project management standards, processes and best practices.
- Show that you understand what contingency is and how to manage it. You also indicate that you know how to estimate a project.
- Show that you understand how to perform risk management and also how to lower the risks for the projects you manage.
- Prove that you know how to maintain the scope of the project and guard it against “scope creep” by implementing proper change management processes.
- Be part of 460,000 PMI credential holders around the world.
- Give yourself a competitive edge. When companies are hiring they will prefer the one with the certification and the experience that the one with only the experience.
- Be able to talk about quality and implement quality management for your projects.
- Your PMP® certification will bring more value to the company you are employed.
- You are demonstrating you personal drive to acquire more knowledge in the field and remain current.
- Distinguish from other project managers who are not certified. Demonstrate your life long commitment to Project Management and to learning.
For me it remains a mystery(?) why some project managers prefer not to get certified. I have talked with many project managers without a certification and I have found that they do not know some basic Project Management knowledge areas such as proper scope management, risk management, process optimization, etc. These project managers, probably are afraid to take the test, they afraid of not passing the test. The fear of failure. Alternatively, they might be are so locked in with their beliefs that refuse to change and learn new skills. My advice: Be different, get certified!
What do you think?