PMP certification is useful in India

CertifiedBetter results with standardized project know-how

How do you get certified?

Anyone who wants to be certified needs relevant experience in project management. The Society for Project Management and PM-ZERT also require a degree or at least three years of professional experience. Here the title is valid for life, while the PMP certificate of the Project Management Institute expires after three years if it is not renewed. The PMI thus takes into account the half-life of knowledge.

Also the individual preparation effort distinguishes between the two certificates: the GPM certificate requires around six courses, each three days, work project processing and time to prepare for the exam. That extends over six to twelve months. The cost of the course and the exam is around EUR 2,500. Because the preparation is quite extensive and takes a long time, the certificate is valid indefinitely.

The PMI certificate can usually be obtained more quickly. A 35-hour preparation course and around 200 hours for exam preparation are necessary here. That can be done in two to three months. However, you have to prove your knowledge again and again; after three years, the certificate is only extended if you can prove that you have participated in so-called Professional Development Units. The exam itself costs around 540 euros (for non-members); in addition there are the costs for the preparatory course.

“It's worth the effort!” Say Christophe Campana, Eric Schott and Ulf Schwetz from Campana & Schott Realization Management, who compared both certifications (Personalwirtschaft 6/2003). “The company can use the title for its own image and the certified project managers can handle projects with more competence and less stress. Both certification paths represent a win-win situation. "

Which one is the better? Campana and his colleagues think that it depends above all on the type of learner. The GPM certificate supports social and discursive forms of learning. The certification of the PMI is limited to content and behavioral instructions. There the exam is carried out exclusively as a multiple-choice test.

By 2003, around 50,000 people had acquired the PMI certificate and 2,000 people had acquired the GPM certificate. Nevertheless, both certificates still play a subordinate role in the project management qualification of German companies.

Qualification in project management: which methods are used?

Only a few of the 145 project managers surveyed by Management Circle AG refer to the German project management standard according to GPM or the American standard according to PMI when it comes to qualification measures. The most important are general external or internal seminars on project management or "training on the job".

After all, 78 percent of the companies apply an in-house standard to the qualification measure. And the international orientation is also increasing: 14 percent of those surveyed consider them to be imperative, 33 percent to be very important, and 33 percent to be desirable.

[Source: Business Psychology Current, 2/2004]

Project teams are also recognized for their top performance in project management

In order to promote professional project management and to provide incentives for top performance by project teams, the Gesellschaft für Projektmanagement (GPM) has the "German Project Management Award" brought to life. Since 1997, this has been awarded to a project team that has demonstrated excellent project management.

What is known as the basis for evaluating the performance Model for Project Excellence. It is based on the EFQM model from the field of quality management and wants to help that projects are geared towards the diverse demands of customers, employees, suppliers, partners and the public. It is also intended to ensure that clear goals are defined for a project, that the processes work and that the corresponding results are achieved.

Most recently, a project team from Deutsche Bank Bauspar AG received an award. The db BausparenOnline project received the 2004 award for its extremely high level of customer satisfaction, comprehensive risk minimization and quality assurance measures, and flexibility in the planning and control of the project.

Employee careers in project management

Many companies have streamlined their organization in recent years and have also reduced hierarchies in the process. For young employees, there is then no career perspective in the line. Here project management offers new opportunities for career paths.

In the 1990s, for example, Siemens developed a program that not only enables employees to move up the line, but also provides for a career in project management. Later, the service subsidiary Siemens Business Service turned it into a product. The concept is called 'Promise', Project Management Career Introduction, Support & Empowerment. It defines profiles for employees in project management and individual career levels for project managers.

Detailed role descriptions define what junior project managers, project managers, project managers or senior project managers must be able to do in detail. The project management curriculum, whose modules and examination content are based on the guidelines of the Project Management Institute (PMI), provides appropriate training and further education opportunities.

[Source: trainingaktuell 10/2001]

Perhaps these diverse formal training courses to become a qualified project manager and a further dissemination of the certifications will help to invest at least part of the wasted 150 billion in project management in a meaningful way.