The current economic downturn is forcing many organizations to scale back important initiatives. And one of the first types of initiatives that executives often cut involves education and training programs. This article looks at how project managers in the Asia Pacific region are upgrading their educations during this time of reduced investments in personnel development. In doing so, it discusses an increasingly common trend among the region's unemployed project managers. It also describes how PMI's PMP certification is changing the business of managing projects.