November 11, 2014
Will getting the PMP® certification improve your career? Is it helpful for everyone, or do factors like budgets, project complexity, and number of concurrent projects affect how useful it is? AMA decided to find out by asking project managers themselves.
We conducted a 12-question survey of project managers from October 24 through November 7, 2014. The survey was intended to uncover whether there were tangible benefits of getting the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification and whether it improves career prospects. A total of 326 respondents completed the survey, with 68.4% holding a PMP Certification.
Here is a breakdown of the variables we investigated:
According to respondents who had their PMP, the answer is overwhelmingly yes. Exactly 92.6% said getting the PMP certification helped their career.
Not only did people who have the PMP endorse getting it, many of them could point to specific recognition and career advancement they received after getting their PMP with:
Respondents were spread among the industries, and we did not reach statistical significance on which industries value the PMP certification the most. However, there were a few industries that were more likely to find the certification useful:
Participants who did not have their PMP also indicated they felt it was valuable: 59.2% were seriously considering getting it and cited career benefits as the main reason. Even those who indicated they were not interested in getting the PMP gave answers like: “I am interested to have my team certified.” Those who said they were not interested in getting PMP certified most commonly cited lack of time and the fact that it was not required within their industry.
Knowing whether others have found value in getting their PMP is helpful; but if you’re still not sure, try asking yourself these 9 questions to determine if getting the PMP is right for you. You might also benefit from taking a sample test to see how you do. Take advantage of free resources like the AMA PMP® Exam Prep Toolkit.
If you are thinking about getting your PMP certification, or are debating whether to keep it up with PDU’s, we can help. AMA is an approved education provider for PMI, and more than 80 of our courses offer PDU credits. We have a PMP Exam Prep Class with 100% pass rate, as well as communication and leadership classes that offer PDUs.