Daniel Minahan, MSPM, PMP, CM, CAPM, CSM
Just because someone has a PMP does not mean they are a certified project manager. There are certification bodies that certify project managers (e.g., IPMA), so let’s stop assuming those with PMPs are project managers, they are actually Project Management Professionals. That means they are versed and certified in project management knowledge areas, processes, tools and techniques, and the language of project management, set forth by the Project Management Institute (PMI). While they may not be the official governing body of project management, they set many standards and continue to update their credentials and certifications to stay relevant in the project management world.

I view PMPs as those who have been in the project management field that want to showcase their knowledge and dedication to the profession, whether project analyst, project coordinator, or project manager. There are plenty of project managers that do not have certifications and are very good at their job, and there are plenty that are not and the same for those that do have certifications. Just like a degree, it will get you in the door, but you must prove you are good at what you do after you get hired.

I do recommend obtaining certifications and furthering education, it helps prove you are dedicated to your craft; does not mean you are good at what you do, only your work will prove that.

“By the work one knows the workman.” Jean de La Fontaine, Author, Fabulist

Project management is a growing field and there are plenty of certifications, certificates, and education opportunities, but remember…Not Every PMP is a Project Manager!