The goal of obtaining the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a worthwhile, yet challenging pursuit each project manager must decide on obtaining. You might wonder, “What’s the point of getting the PMP? I’m dy working in the field? Why go through the effort?” My answer to those questions can best be addressed with an illustration. Suppose you need to go to the doctor’s office. You schedule an appointment with a receptionist and she asks if you’d like to see either the doctor or a board-certified doctor? Without hesitation, you would most likely select the board-certified doctor.
Why? Being certified implies one is more official, has sought industry training, and has the expertise in the field. It is for those reasons why the PMP certification is so important for project managers to obtain.
The lesson you should know is obtaining your certification is key to differentiating yourself from others ensuring relevance in a changing economy.
My journey began when I took the 5 day PMP training course back in 2013. During the next year, I had many setbacks that prevented me from giving the test. As I took on more senior roles as a project manager within organizations I became complacent towards certification. As months progressed I began to reason, “Why bother? Why go through the effort?” However, that line of reasoning was short-sighted because change is inevitable in any industry and job market. In surveying the job market several of the more reputable companies either stated that certification was required, or that it would be needed within 6 months of employment. After giving a half-hearted approach to studying for the exam for several months, I asked a professor what recommendation she would give to getting me focused on the exam. She said to schedule the exam in a couple of months. By doing it would bring things into focus. How true she was with that advice!