Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2008


Dundar F. Kocaoglu

Course Title

Project Management in Engineering and Technology Managemen

Course Number

EMGT 545


This paper discusses the potential for project management credential saturation in the near future due to the recent exponential growth in the number of PMP certified individuals. Such a condition may conceivably lead to the commoditization of this credential wherein the value or ability of the certification to emphasize an individual’s superior capabilities may be questioned. A literature review and project manager interviews were performed in order to gain a familiarity with perspectives on the PMP credential and to explore recommendations that PMI may be able to utilize in order to improve the certification process. Recommendations for improvement of the PMP certification include developing a methodology based on current project management processes, focus on industry specific needs through PMI’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs), simplifying the application process, performing more audits on applicant work experience claims, adding a recommendation requirement from colleagues and/or supervisors that attest to the candidate’s work experience, skills, integrity, and potential of the applicant to excel in the field of project management, and moving towards a two exam system similar to the professional engineering certification.


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