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PMPs Surpass 400,000

They did it!  The Project Management Institute (PMI) now has over 400,000 active Project Management Professionals (PMPs).

Source: PMI Today

When I look at the data from the last 4 years, the certification velocity has remained relatively consistent.  For the month of September, it dropped by over 1,000 from the recent average.  Still, overall PMP credential holders increased by 2,681. There are now a total of 400,059 active PMPs.

Congratulations to all of those who reached their goal to obtain the credential.  (When I was at the PMI North American Congress a few weeks ago, they were quick to point out that the PMP is not a certification.  It’s a credential.)  For those who now have, or intend to get, their credential, I want you to think about your motivation for a minute.  Why did/do you want the PMP®?  What value does it have?

January February March April May June July August September
New PMPs (Overall) 3,714 3,713 5,344 4,718 3,985 4,630 3,687 3,965 2,681
Total Active PMPs 367,619 371,014 375,959 381,111 385,096 389,726 393,413 397,378 400,059

Mastery-based Learning and the Paradox of the Credential

I recently read Dan Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.  It really made me ask myself about the certification process. What is your goal in getting the PMP or any other certification or credential?  Are we trying to discover better ways to deliver value to customers or just trying to get a piece of paper and a few extra letters after our names?  Some are pursuing the mastery of performance-based objectives versus learning-based objectives (ie. getting a passing score on a certification exam versus being a good manager or leader).

You can read more about how I see the PMP credential influencing other organizations and their certifications, over at the Agile Scout website, where I discuss the State of Agile .


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About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of ALM Platforms at LeadingAgile. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon). Novice angel investor.

4 Responses to “PMPs Surpass 400,000”

  1. October 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Yee Haw!!!

    • Anonymous
      October 30, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      What was interesting was the certification velocity dropped by over 1,000 for the month.

      • November 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm

        Derek, just out of interest, have you got data going back to Sep 2009, I wonder if there’s any seasonality in the numbers.

        • Anonymous
          November 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

          Shim, I have PMI verified data going back to September 2006. I can tell you December is one of the biggest months each year. I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more this summer, leading up to the new PMP exam.

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