Yes, the December numbers are in. This morning, I received my copy of PMI Today. In it, the December 2009 numbers for Project Management Professional (PMP®) certifications were published. So you don't have to go searching for it, here are the numbers:
|New PMPs (December 2009)||5,403|
|New PMPs (YTD)||75,107|
|Total Active PMPs||361,238|
If you asked me if PMI was headed in the right direction, my response would be
I don't know if PMI is going in the right direction, philosophically, but Project Managers certainly see the value in the certification.
If you are a vendor targeting project managers, you can see which direction the data is going. If you are in a project management field and have been sitting on the fence about pursuing the certification, you can see which direction the data is going. No, I’m not being paid by PMI to write this post nor am I a PMI fanboy. If I had data supporting how many Certified Scrum Masters there were on a monthly basis, I would probably publish that here as well. Until then, I’ll focus on the PMP.
I also think I will begin making this a recurring monthly post. You have to be a member of PMI to get a copy of PMI Today. I believe they are shooting themselves in the foot by not showing the growing trend of PMP certification holders. I’m also going to go back as far as I can to show more historical data.
What do you think? I welcome your comments or feedback.