PMP Certification

MI's Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP® demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects.

This recognition is seen through increased marketability to employers and higher salary; according to the PMI Salary Survey — Sixth Edition, a PMP increases your salary up to 10% more than your non-credentialed colleagues and peers.

If you do not yet meet the credentials for the PMP, consider the CAPM (also from PMI)

PMP Benefits for the Company

  • PMP's demonstrate your commitment to solid project management
  • PMP's will have the academic knowledge necessary to assist them in effectively managing projects
  • Processes learned via PMP preparation can be applied across your organization, thus improving your corporate wide project management competency
  • Only project managers holding PMP certification are allowed to manage many federal and state government contracts.


PMP Benefits to the Individual

  • Companies searching for project managers are using PMP certification as the first criteria for selection
  • PMP's are more valuable in the open job market
  • Holding a PMP certification demonstrates your academic understanding of good project management
  • Holding a PMP certification demonstrates your commitment to your profession.

Careers for PMPs

Project Managers are needed in MANY Industries

PMP Salary Information

As in most professions, people with the most experience earn the highest salaries. According to, in 2009, individuals with 20 years or more of experience earned a median salary of $107,966. The next highest median for salary went to those with 10 to 19 years. They earned $98,347. Those with 5 to 9 years and 1 to 4 years of experience earned a median salary of $82,356 and $66,512 respectively. Those with less than one year of experience are the lowest paid, with a salary of $57,560. For more information, check out our 2014 project manager salary article.

Getting PMP Certified - The Process & Testing

To earn your Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the PMP® examination, a 200-question, multiple-choice test.

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