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PMP® Certification

Our Q&A series continues this week with a look at Project Management with our senior instructor/consultant David Wirick.  Let’s get started!

Dave, when it comes to project management, why is it important to obtain your PMP® certification?

The PMP is becoming a professional requirement for project managers.  It’s much like the CPA certification for accounting and finance professionals in that it indicates basic competence and professionalism.  Increasingly, when organizations advertise for project managers, they require or strongly suggest that applicants have their PMP.  The PMP also gives an applicant for a job and advantage over all of those without the certificate.  It demonstrates the fact that you have experience in project management, that you’ve invested in your education in project management, and that you have a solid understanding of the worldwide standard in project management.

With that being said, what is the advantage of taking classroom instruction for the PMP® exam as opposed to self-study?

The PMP certification requires 35 hours of “contact” education.  Though you might have taken project management courses in the past, they probably weren’t focused on the PMP exam.  When you take a PMP-prep course from Babbage Simmel, you will meet the education requirements for the exam and be exposed to the content tested on the exam as well as methods of preparing for the exam.  In a Babbage Simmel PMP-prep course, you’ll both learn and apply the material required for passing the exam.  Plus, you will be earning Professional Development Units (PDU) toward maintaining your PMP certification.

What are some good courses to take after the PMP® class to obtain more PDU’s?

After earning your PMP, you are required to accumulate 60 PDUs every three years to maintain your certification.  One way to get PDUs is through ongoing education.  There are three types of courses you can take at Babbage Simmel after earning your PMP that can earn PDUs.

-Courses to build your “hard” skills in project management, including time and cost management

-Courses to build your “soft” skills in project management, including conflict management and communications

-Courses that increase your ability in areas related to project management, including IT management and specific IT applications (e.g., Project Server, SharePoint)

Thanks Dave!

I hope this gave everyone some insight on our Project Management courses here at babsim and why they are important to your career and organizations.  The PMP® credentials certify your knowledge and experience in project management so you can be more confident at work and more competitive in the job market. The good news is, we have another PMP® prep class coming up on October 3rd!  Sign up now to reserve your seat.

Our campus at 2300 West 5th Avenue is just minutes from downtown Columbus with every restaurant you can imagine right nearby.  We’re looking forward to seeing you here soon!

-Matt