This would be a very short article and specific to those who are interested in PMP certifications. For those not familiar with ‘PMP” this refers to the Project Management Professional certification, one of the Project Management Institute (PMI) certifications.
The following data is PMI officially published data (all data is up to the end of August 2011)
- The number of those holding the PMP Certification in the world is: 466,163
- The number of PMP earning their certification between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011 (12 months’ period) is: 48,273
- The average number of new PMP in the 12 months period in previous note is: 4,023
- The number of PMP in July 2011 jumped from the average of 4,023 to 13,869
- The number of PMP in August 2011 (last month) also jumped from the average of 4,023 to 14,295
- In summary, in two months we have had close to 30,000 PMP about 60% of the full year before!
Why the Change
Obviously no one knows the exact answer. However, what we know is:
- The PMP exam changed at the end of August 2011
- Historically we know where there is an exam change the number of PMP candidates jump
- Usually the reason for the jump is that people and professionals who has been considering or studying for the PMP and delaying the exam, they make the push before the change since a change brings uncertainty.
You be the judge!
Until next article – wish you success in all your endeavors!
from West Asia
21 September 2011
10 years ago, both PMI and PMP certification were not known among many practitioners, apart from the IT professionals. I remember how the numbers were in 2003, as hardly 47,000 were PMPs, while PMI had set a target to achieve 100,000 members by 2004.
Earlier; almost no one could pass the “horrific” exam from the 1st try..! This is when PMI had started “enterprising” the certification; which had been reflected in amazing revenues and consequential activities. Exam was made easier, Educators were encouraged everywhere, and HR specialists had some way or another realized the assumed value of certification..
This is what the numbers tell about multiplying the members by almost 7 times and the PMPs by almost 10 times.. People are not getting further smart or have more study time.. Observation tells that true value is not in certification but in sustainable membership.. Also, membership numbers should be logically higher than the certification’s..
Is there any added value or true professional interest..?
Simply, what is the rate of obtaining PDUs and renewal of membership or certification..?
I guess if we have fresh numbers of demographics and geographies about membership and certification; we shall visualize the true status.. !!