Adapted from a paper produced for asapm's PM Cert program, © 2003 by Dr. Lewis Ireland, Clarksville, TN.
Published here June 2007.

Introduction | The Beneficiaries of Project Management Certification
Organizations and Customers | Professional Societies and the Project Management Community
The Public | The Certifying Organization
Value of Knowledge-Based versus Competence-Based Certification | Summary

Professional Societies and the Project Management Community

Professional Societies

Professional project management societies derive value from conducting certification programs through their own society or by partnering with others. For them, the value of certification is in being recognized as leaders and builders of their professional discipline. However, to get and keep this recognition, they are continually challenged to stay current with state-of-the-art practices. This was difficult enough when a society focused on only a narrow "slice" of any given field of study. It is much more difficult as companies and industries not only recognize the extent and breadth of project management, but increasingly acknowledge that effective project management is key to their success.

Professional Societies that successfully respond to this challenge can reasonably expect to added value to their organizations:

  • By retaining current members and attracting new ones
  • By observing that the standards that they helped to establish are actually adopted by companies, industries, and even countries
  • By being recognized as an organization that is actively engaged in the evolution of the project management profession

The Project Management Community

The project management community at large has its own need for opportunities for professional improvement and individual growth. Therefore, a project management certification program enhances the stature of the profession and drives the expansion of the underlying project management curriculum. Hence, the value or benefits of certification to the project management community include the following:

  • The project management body of knowledge is expanded as its community shares new knowledge
  • Consistency in project management practices builds upon the community strengths
  • Goals can be established to support professional growth
  • Professional standards are available for improving individual performance
Organizations and Customers  Organizations and Customers

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