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Most people hit a point in their career when they want to take it to the next level. For project managers the next step is to earn their project management certification. Certification programs are available for project managers of all education and skill levels. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), one-fifth of the world’s GDP – over $12 trillion – is spent on projects. And, with many experienced project managers exiting the workforce due to retirement, the demand for skilled project managers continues to grow worldwide. Project management professionals are needed in a wide spread of industries, from healthcare, finance and telecommunications to construction, engineering and IT.
Here’s why you should get your project management certification:
- Stand out – Whether you’re a seasoned project manager or just starting out, a project management certification will boost your resume. Job recruiters often filter out applicants who do not have a project management certification. And, in many cases job recruiters value project management certifications over master’s degrees. While it’s not a requirement for many jobs, it still increases your likelihood of getting the job.
- Increase your salary – Certified project managers earn higher salaries than those who are not certified. PMI reported that certified project managers in the U.S. received an average salary of $111,824 in 2011. The average salary for noncertified project managers was $97,829 – a significant difference.
- Boost your credibility – Project management certifications measure a project management professional’s education, experience and expertise. To receive their certification, project managers have to meet specific, rigorous guidelines. Project managers must have accumulated 4,500 and 7,500 hours managing projects and have 3 to 5 years of work experience. Therefore, certified project managers are known to have the best combination of experience, knowledge and skill.
Project management certifications are globally accredited and transferable across all industries. So don’t wait to boost your career in project management. Call a performance improvement company to receive your project management certification today!