Project Management Professionals, also known as PMPs, lead projects all over the world. Their expertise and knowledge of project management means they deliver the highest quality of management possible. Being a PMP is not a job title; rather, it is a certification earned through project management training. PMP certification involves learning the plethora of different project management styles and techniques to be able to successfully apply the appropriate style to the project at hand.
Once a project manager has achieved PMP certification, they will be able to deliver results above the industry standard when leading projects. In terms of project management, PMP certification is a mark of distinction; it highlights individuals who have invested large amounts of time and effort into studying project management techniques, as well as leading projects across a variety of areas of business.
Because of this, PMP certification is a difficult thing to acquire. The pre-requisites to apply for the certification are:
- Secondary degree (high school diploma or equivalent)
- Minimum 5 years unique, non-overlapping professional experience during which at least 7,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project.
- 35 contact hours of project management training
- Four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or global equivalent)
- Minimum 3 years unique, non-overlapping professional experience during which at least 4,500 hours were spent leading and directing the project.
- 35 contact hours of formal training
How PMP Certification Helps Businesses
- Increase lines of communication. When it comes to opening up channels of communication, project managers who have gone through training are far more effective. They are also adept at communication in day-to-day business outside of their assigned project and are able to improve the overall efficiency of a company by applying appropriate techniques.
- Improve existing skills. A project manager may already be the best at reducing stress or a logistical whiz kid, but training will give them additional skills and round off any rough edges to enhance their already-capable properties.
- A better understanding of the relationship between technology and business. ITIL certification will allow a project manager to better understand how the role technology can and does play in a particular project or within a business. This helps avoid incorrect selection of technologies and their applications.
- Gaining leadership qualities. One of the biggest challenges when trying to manage a project is effectively leading a team. Knowing about the scope of the project doesn’t give you leadership; that comes from the person. Project management courses train individual in leadership skills, making it easier to manage and direct their team.
- Avoid hidden costs. Many project managers gained their skills the hard way – through trial and error. This approach can cost a business dearly in wasted effort and money, poor customer service, poor deadline management and stressed employees. By investing some money into project management training, this wastage can be avoided.