How to make the case for PMP® certification to your employer:

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Create a one-page business case: Your employer must see a return on their investment. Create a compelling case for the return on investment. Your proposal should include the cost, benefits, “As you are aware, I have been working on improving my project management skills to serve the company better due to the importance of all the projects that I am currently managing to best ensure that they are successful. My goal is to obtain your support to advance and validate my project management knowledge and practical skills by earning the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification.”

Cost/Benefit: The fees include:

  • PMP® Exam Testing Fee for Non-PMI Members: $555 (USD)
    • PMP® Exam Testing Fee for PMI Members: $405 (USD)
    • PMI Annual Membership: $139 (USD)
    • Course Preparation: $1,495 (USD)
    • Assume you will purchase the PMI annual membership since it will reduce your testing fee. Your total PMI exam and membership costs are $544; this does not include training.
    • Pass rates for the PMP® exam are not published by PMI. Estimated pass rates are reported to be below 60% for individuals who do not utilize a preparation course.

Background on the certification: With over a 1,000,000 PMP® credential holders, the certification sets the global standard in project management for professionals who are looking to validate their expertise and to learn up to date tools and techniques that position them to lead challenging projects in the organization.

Benefits: There are several benefits associated with earning the PMP® such as:

  • Transferable knowledge and skills: Going through the PMP® certification process, will provide me with a new set of tools and techniques to manage any projects that will make me a more productive and valued contributor to the success of the organization.
    • In-house resource: As a PMP® certified project manager, I will be an internal champion for project management best practices and processes.
    • Recognition: By having PMP®’s on staff, our organization proves to both internal and external customers our commitment to excellence and that we have the required skills and knowledge of a proven framework for project management
    • Performance and financial impact: At the end, the knowledge that I will gain from the PMP® journey will help our projects to be successful with the incorporation of improvements in daily decision-making processes and overall best project management practices that ultimately will help the company to save money and improve company success.

Details on training program: It is important to provide background information on the PMP® training program to your employer. E.g.: “In order to be successful in earning the PMP® credential, the first step is to prepare for the exam. I have researched several options and have decided to go with a PMI Authorized Training Partner that is both schedule-flexible and affordable for our organization.”

Ask for a meeting: The last step is to ask for a meeting to go over any questions your employer might have about the PMP® preparation program including timeline and financials. It is also recommended to include your prospective PMP® training organization in this endeavor.

Something to keep in mind: Remember that the purpose of this proposal is to show your employer what’s in it for them, not for you. Yes, PMP®’s tend to make more money than their uncertified counterparts, and a certification can elevate your career opportunities. Make sure your message doesn’t come across as, “This certification will give me better opportunities in my career, including opportunities outside of the company.”  Consider the point of view of your leadership.

Best of luck!

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