Project managers typically have a great deal of responsibility on their shoulders. They are expected to successfully manage the people and projects that will achieve company objectives and contribute to growth. In such a competitive business environment, these professionals must stay ahead of industry trends, and keep their skills and knowledge updated through continuing education.

Building a successful project management career takes skill, dedication and drive, as well as the knowledge that comes from sharing information with others in the field. That’s where an organization like Project Management Institute (PMI) comes in. Here, we’ll discuss the background and purpose of PMI, along with information on how membership and certifications offered by PMI can enhance your career, and expand business opportunities. 

What is PMI: the Project Management Institute?

Project Management Institute is a non-profit membership organization for the project management profession, with about 600,000 members in more than 185 countries. PMI aims to advance project management through standards and certifications recognized across the globe, as well as through professional development, research, resources and advocacy.

Why PMI Matters

PMI offers its members the confidence of knowing they have somewhere to turn whenever they need help. Along with the support of thousands of fellow project managers, PMI members have access to the tools and resources they need to solve business challenges, improve job performance, impress peers and supervisors, and advance their careers. PMI credentials are respected and recognized, no matter where your career takes you.

The Importance of PMI Credentials

Earning PMI certification can put you head and shoulders above your colleagues – and give you an edge over the competition for project management jobs. While there are other project management credentials available, PMI remains the global standard. PMI certifications are recognized for excellence by hiring managers and recruiters alike, so they easily transfer across industries and around the world. With PMI certification, prospective employers are assured you have the ability to meet their needs.

PMI certification is a great way to add skills to your toolbox, and to enhance your resume. In addition, PMI offers a number of benefits that can further your career, and expand business opportunities. Career development programs can help you identify and evaluate your skills and competencies, or flag weak areas that you can improve upon through networking, events and training courses. Career resources include career coaching, help with finding a project management job, and tips for interviews and resume writing.

Finally, PMI certification can offer a financial benefit, as well. PMI’s research shows that the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential can increase your salary by up to 10%.* It’s clear that PMI credentials are valuable to project managers. But which PMI certification is the right one for you?

PMI Certifications

PMI offers six different certifications; each is designed to demonstrate your current expertise:

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®: This certification is appropriate for newer project managers.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®: PMP® is the most-recognized independently validated credential for project managers. It’s ideal for those with experience in leading project teams.
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)®: The PgMP® is designed for professionals who manage multiple and complex projects.
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)SM: This certification is for project management practitioners who embrace Agile practices in their projects.
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)®: The PMI-RMP® credential is suitable for managers who specialize in assessing and mitigating project risks.
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®: This specialty certification is for professionals who focus on creating and maintaining project schedules.

As you can see, there is a best-fit PMI certification for you, no matter where you are in your project management career. Along with these respected, internationally recognized credentials, PMI also offers opportunities for networking and engagement at the local level.       

PMI Chapters and Networking Opportunities

PMI members have access to networking and knowledge that can boost skills, as well as careers. With an extensive reach throughout the U.S. and around the world, PMI chapters offer opportunities for you to meet other project management professionals, build knowledge, improve leadership skills, find solutions to business challenges and become better informed about the profession. Local chapters host activities and events, classes and seminars, and certification prep classes.

Can PMI Certification Open Doors For You?

For over 25 years, PMI has been offering project management certifications designed to boost project managers’ marketability, enhance their skills, and open more doors. If you’re new to the field, PMI certification can help you land your first position. And if you have extensive experience in project management, you owe it to yourself to prepare for opportunities for advancement by obtaining certifications that can help you stand out from the crowd. No matter where you are in your project management career, the respect of earning a PMI credential could make a big difference in where you go from here.

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