Why become a project management professional?

In 1984, PMI launched its PMP certification program to help establish professional standards for managing projects. Over the past decade, this certification has evolved into a highly sought after credential that officially recognizes seasoned and knowledgeable project professionals. This article discusses the merits of obtaining the PMP certification. In doing so, it overviews the PMP certification's framework, noting how it has affected the professional practice of project management; it explains the factors driving this credential's evolution, identifying why it is viewed as a strategic advantage for project professionals. It also describes the skills involved in--and the value derived from--acquiring this credential. It then defines the knowledge areas comprising the PMP test and the advantages of becoming a PMP.
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