PMP Certification #postaday2011

There is a poll on LinkedIn that asks:

“Is PMP certification becoming more or less important for project managers?”

I voted yes and posted my reason which I have pasted below.

Last year I attended a conference where Tony Bingham, President of ASTD (the American Society of Training and Development) was talking about the importance of the CPLP (Certified Performance and Learning Professional) certification. This certification is expensive ($899), new, and requires a 200 question exam and a work product submission. So naturally some people may say the certification is to new, to expense, and what will it get me.

Well, Tony explained that for the profession to be recognized as a profession, you must have a few things:
1. A governing body to speak or advocate on our behalf.
2. A code of ethics
3. A body of knowledge
4. Ongoing research in the field
5. A credentialing program (certification)

I have read many of the posts above that address a framework, common language, experience being better than certification, etc. All of these viewpoints for and against the PMP have merit.

But the more important aspect of this is recognition of project management as a profession. That has far more implications than the ever present debate over the value of the PMP in my opinion.

The CPLP certification has multiple focus areas. The title of one job that a CPLP might do is Instructional Designer. Basically this is a person that designs learning experiences (training) for adults. They do other things also but my point in writing that description is to ask, have you ever heard of an instructional designer? More than likely not, but we exist en masse. Nobody knows what we are but eveyone has been touched by our work.

So when having the debate over whether the PMP is valuable, maybe another dimension needs to be added that looks outside of the negatives such as paper PMPs, salary increases, no salary increases, no work product, and delusion of the value of the PMP because to many people have it to the thoughts of does the PMP help our profession?

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