by Nicole Yates

Want an edge over other candidates applying for the same job? A PMP may help you stand out. Project Management Professional certifications demonstrate that the holders have specific, in-depth knowledge of project development and execution. In the modern workplace, employees are encouraged and sometimes even required to wear multiple hats. Even if the job title does not contain “Project Manager,” individuals in engineering and technology fields often manage project teams in their own departments. Project management principles apply across all disciplines, so anyone looking to work as an engineer can greatly benefit from having a PMP.
According to TechRepublic, a PMP certification “helps establish the person as a credible leader” and shows an investment in career planning1.  Project management is an essential skill that nearly any manager has or needs to develop: demonstrating during the hiring process that you have already committed time to practicing project management may highlight your leadership potential. There’s also a pay incentive that accompanies the PMP: a recent study showed that managers with PMP certifications earned about 16 percent more money than those without a PMP2.
So, how do you start earning your PMP? Before you can take the qualifying exam, you’ll need to document a certain number of hours leading projects and earn professional development units (PDUs). NSBE has recently partnered with MindEdge, an online learning solution, to offer PDU courses on a myriad of topics, including project management. This new benefit makes it easier than ever for NSBE members to earn credits toward professional certifications such as the PMP.  The course offerings are listed on NSBE’s website, so be sure to check them out. To learn more about the prerequisites to earn a PMP, visit the Project Management Institute’s website.
Even if you aren’t sold on the PMP, NSBE’s MindEdge offerings can help you develop other knowledge and skills relevant to your career. Topics include cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, finance and leadership. All courses offer PDUs and/or CEUs (continuing education units) that can count toward or help maintain a myriad of other certifications, including Six Sigma, Certified Information Security Manager and ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library). Global Knowledge includes those three among its list of the 15 highest-paying certifications for 20163.
According to TechRepublic, a PMP certification “helps establish the person as a credible leader” and shows an investment in career planning1.