The globally-recognized Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) is the preeminent certification for professionals who handle project management. While it’s not required by all employers, it’s certainly preferred. You can take it at any point in your career, and you don’t need to have “project manager” in your job title. The PMI states that PMP candidates should:
- Be responsible for all aspects of a project for the life of the project.
- Lead cross-functional teams to deliver the project.
- Work within budget, schedule and scope constraints.
- Be able to create a methodology for projects that have defined deliverables and requirements.
According to the PMI website, the PMP certification “tells employers, peers, and the world you know what you’re doing in project management.” There are nearly 1 million people with the certification worldwide.