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Which companies prefer PMP certification and why?

PMP certification

For those who have the intention to take the PMP exam and gain the PMP certification, a major concern is that what companies would prefer PMP certification and why?

In this article, the first part will give you the list of companies that would prefer PMP certification and the second part will give you the reason why they prefer PMP certification rather than other certifications.

Which companies prefer PMP certification?

In general, there are two kinds of companies that would prefer PMP certification rather than any other certifications. The first kind is mature multinational corporations, and the second kind is member organizations of PMI enterprise Council.

Mature multinational corporations

Here is a list of corporations, but please remember that only some companies are listed and ranked in no order.

IBM, Microsoft, SAP, OracleCorp, HewlettPackard, EDS, ATT, Accenture, Siemens,  BlueCrossBlueShield, SAIC, NOKIA, Alcatel/Lucent, NEC, ComputerSciencesCorp, Ericsson,  SatyamComputerServices, Motorola, BoozAllenHamilton, InfosysTechnologiesLtd, P&G, Verizon,  TataConsultancyServices, KPMG, GeneralDynamics, JPMorganChase, GE, TheBoeingCo,  ShellServices, DELL, HP.…….

Member organizations of PMI enterprise Council

Only some companies are listed and ranked in no order.

Accenture, Alvey management technology training Co., Ltd, BAE system, KPMG, Bank of America, Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company, NASA, Bosh Allen, Nokia OYJ, Boston University, Price Waterhouse, Capital One, Procter & Gamble, Citigroup, SAP, Deloitte, Siemens Business Services, Defense procurement University of the United States Department of Defense, Huawei Technology Co., Ltd, US Department of energy, IBM, Washington International Group, ICF Consulting Group, and so forth.

Why do these companies prefer PMP?

Due to the international recognition of PMP certification, having a PMP certificate is also a direct embodiment of the company’s project management level. In many international and domestic bidding, the number of project professionals (PMP) holding certificates is also one of the criteria for considering the strength of enterprises.

More and more enterprises with projects as the core participate in international and domestic market competition. They should take improving the efficiency of the project, improving the response speed to the market and customers, and improving customer satisfaction as the goal of improving the competitiveness of enterprises. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to improve the level of project management. Therefore, more and more enterprises start the training of project managers.

Based on worldwide statistics, PMP is applied ® Project management can shorten the project time by 10% – 30%; Reduce the cost by more than 8%; So as to achieve overall integration of resources and greatly improve resource utilization.

Therefore, more and more enterprises start the training of project talents. Some companies pay attention to PMP at the time of admission ® Certificate holders are preferred. Some companies encourage project backbone to carry out PMP in batches and stages ® Some companies conduct internal project management training and learning. In short, project management will improve project benefits, improve work efficiency and win greater competitiveness for enterprises.


From a business point of view, PMP certification sets a standard and helps to differentiate your organization from your competition or if they already have certified people, then at least you can get on par with them and look for further opportunities to move ahead them. It may be a customer requirement, that as a supplier organization, you may need to satisfy in a proposal that you have certified project managers and will help you win new business.

Common language and common understanding leading to defined project management methods across the discipline are vital to the success of delivering successful projects on a regular basis.  I have come across many organizations who have struggled to implement these methods that would have enabled them to become effective and consistent, however, those that have succeeded, which by no means is a short-term time frame, have benefited greatly.  This type of approach not only satisfies our certified people but also gives our aspiring project managers a career path they can follow and look beyond the PMP and higher positions within the business.

From a personalpoint of view

The following content is a real case written by a project manager who achieved PMP certification many years ago.

“I achieved PMP certification many years ago working in Cisco Systems as it was part of the development path of project managers for the professional services group.  It was not a mandatory certification but an opportunity to measure my ability and experience to a global standard and from a personal point of view to achieve something of value.  Undertaking the relevant training in preparation for the PMP examination opened my eyes to many areas of project management that I found to be most rewarding and honestly helped me to become a much better-prepared project manager and in my role of more recent years as a consultant and trainer in the field.  We can all become very insular and focus on our own application areas, however, what the Project Management Institutes (PMI) Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide) provided me was a greater appreciation for things that we may not have been aware of.  The guide is constructed for projects across all industry sectors and projects of all sizes.  Delegates often ask on training courses if there is anyone out there who does all of these processes, as it seems we would spend all our time documenting the project and never actually delivering anything.  This is the beauty of the guide, it’s tailorable and as professional project manager, we have the knowledge and skills to be able to use what we need and when we would need it.  Do you need to be certified to do this?  No, however, if you invest the time to understand its content, then go the extra mile and get certified.  Of course, to remain certified, we need to continue our learning and development, which is another great reason why the certification works, we stay current in the discipline.”


My view on the final point about the guarantee of success if you are PMP certified is most definitely “NO”.  There are no guarantees for success but what the certification does is to raise the bar of expectation on the project manager to be successful and deliver a satisfactory outcome.  Being familiar with PMI’s ten knowledge as part of the PMP certification and having a greater understanding and appreciation of them will help us see the larger picture across all of the key areas and be able to integrate them into a successful plan and project delivery.  I believe that many of us like to be seen as the project manager that can bring the project home so the expectation on our shoulders is the level of pressure and stress that helps us thrive to do our jobs and do them well.

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