I usually note my PMP credentials after my name, especially in professional settings. I haven’t met many project managers who don’t know what it means. Admittedly, it’s pretty entertaining to hear suggestions from the unfamiliar on what it could possibly mean. The PMP is one of several gold standard certifications that the globally recognized Project Management Institute provides to project managers who meet stringent requirements. PMI.org documents offer a number of reasons for acquiring certification. This is all reason enough to join PMI, but I have a few other reasons.
My affiliation with PMI as well as the education I gained in preparing for the PMP Exam has equipped me with amazing tools of the trade. Thus far in my career, I haven’t had the opportunity to use some of the tools I gained, but having them has opened my mind and my view of successful project management. I use a certain tool set currently and I am confident that I have a strong foundation for whatever project management opportunities may come my way. PMI isn’t a distant governing body, the organization provides additional tools, contemporary news in project management, and has resources for just about any question one can ask about managing a project. The global aspect is assuring as well in our growing global economy.
I believe the most powerful benefit I have received is also joining my local chapter for PMI. I’m a member of and volunteer for the 1,400 member PMI Central Indiana Chapter. In addition to the power of PMI the chapter offers a way to put “boots on the ground” if you will. I enjoy working with a host of other volunteers for the chapter under the guidance of the board of directors. Amazing opportunities are offered to network with other professionals and to gain education in the field of project management. Members gain training and Professional Development Units when participating (required for maintain certification). Some of the activities of the chapter include:
- A monthly dinner meeting with a professional speaker and networking activities.
- An annual Professional Development Day offering speakers and workshops throughout the day.
- Monthly in-depth workshops and professional training sessions.
- Opportunities to serve our communities through social service.
- Networking and many willing to help others with career advice.
It took a lot of commitment, but I don’t regret becoming PMP certified – in the least. I also benefit greatly from our local chapter. If you have interest in connecting with project management professionals in Central Indiana, find PMICIC on Facebook or Twitter or visit our Website.