Project Management Institute’s prestigious Project Management Professional (PMP) credential shows employers you have the education, skills and experience needed to lead all types of projects successfully. PMI’s PMP program is recognized worldwide and throughout the project management industry, with over 400,000 project managers currently holding the certification across the globe. Certified project managers typically receive 10 percent more in pay than non certified project managers, as shown on the sixth edition of PMI’s Project Management Salary Survey, a collection of pay data from thousands of PMP certification recipients all over the world. The PMP credential demonstrates your talents and abilities as a project leader and increases your value to employers. PMP certification is a valuable asset for all experienced project managers looking to solidify their place in the field, increase their earning potential and maximize their pool of possible employers.
You must meet PMI’s guidelines to apply for PMP certification. PMI provides two sets of qualification criteria for interested persons to apply under, taking into consideration the unique values of education and field experience. A candidate must have a four-year degree from an institute of higher learning or the equivalent and a minimum of three years’ experience directing or managing projects, with 35 hours of education in the project management field and 4,500 hours spent actually managing projects. An experienced project manager who does not have a bachelor’s degree can still apply for the PMP credential if she has a high school diploma or the equivalent, meets the 35-hour education requirement and demonstrates five years of project management or direction experience, with at least 7,500 hours spent leading projects.Even if you don’t currently meet the requirements for the PMP credential, you might be eligible to apply for PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management certification. The CAPM certification is for project managers who have at least a secondary diploma or its equivalent and either 1,500 hours of project experience or at least 23 hours of education in project management. CAPM helps you stand out among your peers and paves the way toward larger project management opportunities and higher pay in the future.