PMP and Organizational Performance

A few images to clear the myth on the PMP

The following are a few images, posters maybe is a better word, to clarify a few myths about the PMP Certification (the Project Management Professional certification) by PMI (the Project Management Institute).

Let me start with one that is positive:


Project Management Professional (PMP)

Well, we think the message here is clear. The PMP is good, the PMP is valuable but we should not make it as holders of this certificates can deliver world peace, end hungers, while delivering failed projects.


Project Management Professional (PMP)

Although to become a PMP, one has to sign and agree to a code of ethical conduct. Yet, many PMP and PMP training providers (some approved by PMI and some are not) do not have a problem telling you that the PMP is recognized by universities; or it is equivalent to a university degree; even worst the PMP is equivalent to a Master Degree in Project Management.


Project Management Professional (PMP)

Here; even PMI violates its own code of ethical conduct; or its marketing people have no problem bending the truth and playing dumb. How can a multiple choice knowledge based exam test competence? I am not a competence expert but do these people know what is competence? Do they know how one can demonstrate competence? Do they even know how to spell competence?


Project Management Professional (PMP)

Once again, even PMI directly or indirectly try to claim that the PMP is a project manager certification and it is an indicator of “expert” level competence. Well, the certificate is about project management and not project manager. It certify that one has the foundation KNOWLEDGE but it does not certify that the person is a project manager. Actually, we are sure that a large percent of PMP (if not most) have never managed a project in their lives. We can say more but …


Project Management Professional


Notice that the certificate name is Project Management Professional —- NOT —- Professional Project Manager. The requirements for the PMP does not require the applicant to be a project manager or have experience in managing projects; it only require that the person have led project tasks.


Project Management Professional (PMP)

To build on the previous two posters

  • PMP DOES NOT demonstrate competence
  • PMP IS NOT a project manager certification
  • PMP IS NOT an expert level certificate

What is even worst? To pass the PMP (the passing score is secret – why no one knows) one needs to score about 60% (+/-) on 175 multiple choice exam questions. In most universities and colleges (at least in USA), a 60% could be failing and 70% is the minimum acceptable level. In others 60 is a grade of D. 70% is a grade of C …. not even B or A. To do a master degree most respectable universities demand a B average (or 3.0) with the GRE or GMAT. Some may accept 2.5 GPA (out of 4) which is about C+ or B-. Yet, a D or C- is all one need to pass the PMP.

PMP and Organizational PerformanceThe bottom line; DO NOT trust someone just because they have the PMP. Evaluate their records, achievement, failures and successes … since almost anyone can be a PMP but not many can be effective project managers. 


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About Mounir Ajam

A Project Management thought leader, who believes that project management touches all people, in all aspects of life; personal and professional.Initiated and led the formation of SUKAD Corp to develop the Uruk PPM Platform.An advocate of real-world, practical and applied project management.Champion of adaptive project management, tailored methods, and organizational project management.Available anywhere in the world to advise executives and organizations on the strategic value of project management. Ready to help organizations build and sustain the Project Management Function and the capacity to lead projects successfully.