PMP® certification – natural or manipulated growth?

This would be a very short article and specific to those who are interested in PMP certifications.

For those not familiar with ‘PMP” this refers to the Project Management Professional certification, one of the Project Management Institute (PMI) certifications.


The following data is PMI officially published data (all data is up to the end of August 2011)

  1. The number of those holding the PMP Certification in the world is: 466,163
  2. The number of PMP earning their certification between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011 (12 months’ period) is: 48,273
  3. The monthly average number of new PMP in the 12 months period in previous note is: 4,023
  4. The number of PMP in July 2011 jumped from the average of 4,023 to 13,869
  5. The number of PMP in August 2011 (last month) also jumped from the average of 4,023 to 14,295
  6. In summary, in two months we have had close to 30,000 PMP about 60% of the full year before!

PMI Membership, Number of PMP and All PMI Certificate Holders Statistics

Why the Change

Obviously no one knows the exact answer. However, what we know is:

  1. The PMP exam changed at the end of August 2011
  2. Historically we know where there is an exam change the number of PMP candidates jump
  3. Usually the reason for the jump is that people and professionals who has been considering or studying for the PMP and delaying the exam, they make the push before the change since a change brings uncertainty.

Updated Information per the last exam change

The same trend repeated last summer when the exam changed due to the changes in the PMBOK from the 4th to the 5th edition!

  • From April 2012 to April 2013 the monthly average was about 4000 (same as in past history)
  • The last 4 months before the exam change the monthly average jumped to ~ 14000
  • Just in July 2013 there were ~ 30,000 new PMP

PMI CertificationsIs this good or bad?

You be the judge!

Until next article – wish you success in all your endeavors!

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        1. Mounir Ajam Post author

          I have the data as of July 31 439,321 members; 582,224 PMP — almost 30,000 PMP in July alone. It is worth noting that 2012 had only about 33,000 PMP. So the trend continues, every time there is an exam change the numbers jump.

  3. projectmanagementprofessionalcertification

    PMP (Project Management Certification) is the recognized certification in USA and also in the other Parts of the world beside U.K as they prefer Prince2 Certification over PMP.
    any Professional eligible for PMP or Prince2 must go for it as it will help in your career and take you to a new height. you need to have 4+ year of experience to go for PMP and you also need 35 PDU’s i.e 35 hour’s of project management training. you can get 35 hour PDU certificate from PMI R.E.P as they Provide PMP Certification Training after getting that you will be eligible for PMP Exam.


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