PMI Statistics Through December 2010

The December Project Management Institute (PMI) statistics are in.  The PMI now has over 412,503 active Project Management Professionals (PMPs) and 334,019 members. So, what's new? Again, the one bit of data I took note of was the PMI membership numbers.  Over the last year, the data being displayed in PMI Today has changed.  It used to be, you could see how many new people got their PMPs.  The Fact File now shows only Total numbers of each credential.  It does, however, still show New (PMI) Members.

The February 2011 issue of PMI Today (page 4) indicates there are 7,803 new members.  In fact, there is an overall increase of just 2,322 members.  5,481 PMI Members chose not to renew their membership in December.  Though I don't have data to support it, I believe people are signing up for PMI memberships, with the intent of getting a PMP accreditation.  If they don't reach their goal, they don't renew their membership.

PMI needs to do a better job of selling people on the value of the PMI membership, not just an accreditation or certification.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
New PMPs (Net) 3,714 3,713 5,344 4,718 3,985 4,630
Total Active PMPs 367,619 371,014 375,959 381,111 385,096 389,726
Total PMI Members 314,721 315,106 317,962 317,787 317,989 318,421
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
New PMPs (Net) 3,687 3,965 2,681 3,161 5,939 3,344
Total Active PMPs 393,413 397,378 400,059 403,220 409,159 412,503
Total PMI Members 320,388 323,220 327,180 330,001 331,697 334,019

So, what do you think?  Why do you think there is an ever-growing gap between PMI membership and the accreditations or certifications they offer?

Source: PMI Today