For most people, there comes a point in their career when they begin thinking about how to take the next step forward. In the project management discipline, many look to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification as a means to this end. While the PMP certification is certainly a well-respected credential, it’s not for everyone.
Weighing all the costs and benefits can also be difficult—Google “should you get a PMP certification?” and you’ll get tens of thousands of results. Some say that obtaining the certification is an excellent career move because it validates your project management skill set. Others advise project managers to stay on the job and get a few more years of real-world training under their belt, since many employers like to see on-the-job experience.
So, should you get a PMP Certification? I posed this question to several project management and hiring experts to get a better sense of who should get a PMP, what it takes to get one and the potential payoff. Here’s what they had to say.