February PMP Certification Numbers Are In

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Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I annotate 3 data points: New PMP® for the month, new PMPs year-to-date (YTD), and total number of active PMPs.  The trend continues, with the new number of PMPs down by just 1 to 3,713.  Since we only have January to include, YTD total is 7,429.  There are a total of 371,014 active PMPs.

I did a quick compare to Febrary of last year.  The overall total of PMPs is up by 43,764 in 12 months.  Average that out and you’re looking at 3,647 a month.

I still predict PMI will hit 400,000 active PMP credential holders this year.  But, I’m not as bullish on them reaching 450,000 by year end.

Any questions?  Let me know.

December (2009) January February
New PMPs (Monthly) 5,403 3,714 3,713
New PMPs (YTD) 3,714 7,429
Total Active PMPs 361,238 367,619 371,014
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January PMP Numbers Up Over 6000 In One Month

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Every month I get a copy of PMI Today and I annotate 3 data points: New PMPs for the month, New PMPs YTD, and Total PMPs.  You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see PMI is certifying a volume of PMPs with no end it sight.  In January, there were 3,714 new PMPs.  Since they’ve only reported January (2010) numbers, YTD totals match.  What is the shocker is the total number of PMPs.  We’re looking at 367,619, up from 361,238 in December.  That’s right, numbers are up overall 6,381 in one month.

I did a quick compare to January of last year.  The overall total of PMPs is up by 45,369 in 12 months.  Average that out and you’re looking at 3,780 a month.

Some of you out there with other credentials curse the PMP®.  I have to admit, some of the worst project managers I have EVER met, were PMPs.  I guess the same could be said for any profession.  Certifications don’t guarantee quality, but like it or not, a lot of people drank the Kool-Aid.  If you want to exceed in project management, many of you find yourself going after one certification or another.

I do think there is merit in the PMP certification, though I would feel more comfortable if I thought PMI wasn’t in it for the money.  That’s kind of hypocritical of me, since I do make money in the support of the PMP certification.  My prediction of 2010 is PMI will hit 400,000 PMPs by June and close to 450,000 by year end.

Though not all of these current 367,619 PMPs are currently PMI membership holders, if they were (at $119 each) you’d be looking at $43,746,661 in annual membership fees.

Isn’t math fun!?

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