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8076 Less PMI Members

I cracked open my April edition of PMI Today to review the monthly statistics.  I was impressed to see PMI added 9,750 new members in February.  Upon adding the numbers to my spreadsheets, February was suddenly in like a lion and out like a lamb.  Though PMI added 9,750 new members, they also lost 8,076 members.  That’s in one month!  I realized the net gain was only 1,674 PMI members, in comparison to 3,127 PMPs.  If your project had retention rates like this, don’t you think someone would try to do something about it?  Shouldn’t the PMI see this low retention rate as being an issue that should be addressed?

PMI February Numbers


PMI February Numbers Others


February 2011 Totals:
Active PMPs: 420,602
PMI Members: 341,906
CAPM: 13,678
PMI-RMP: 677
PgMP: 530
PMI-SP: 426


Source: PMI Today

About Derek Huether

I'm an Enterprise Agile Coach at LeadingAgile. I have a goal to take the hand waving out of Agile, Kanban, & Scrum. I’m a strange combination of a little OCD, a little ADHD, a lot of grit, and a lot of drive. I come from a traditional PM background but I don't give points for stuff done behind the scenes. The only thing that counts is what you get done and delivered. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon)

2 Responses to “8076 Less PMI Members”

  1. Pam Stanton
    April 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I wonder how much the unemployment rates are affecting the numbers. I’m not a rah-rah supported of PMI by any stretch… just wondering if people are losing their jobs and not re-upping their memberships?

    • Anonymous
      April 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      You make a very valid point. I would hope PMI gets feedback from people and addresses the issue. I know other groups offer a “hardship” discount. If the membership really does provide value to these people, they could leverage a discount. Since we don’t need to be a member of PMI to maintain a PMP, what is the unique value proposition?
      I keep mine just to gain access to the Agile CoP.

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