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PMP Certification Worth it?

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If you want a job as a project manager it is. I'd say roughly 90% of the PM job postings I see these days have the PMP cert as a requirement. Of course, you don't really need the cert to do project management, but it is a barrier to entry much like a college degree.

On the plus side many companies will help you get the cert and the PDUs to keep it. If they are going to require it, then they should provide this support.

As you have seen, the PMP requires a sizable and on-going investment of both time and money. Unless project management is something you really want to do, I wouldn't bother with it. It's far too costly for a simple resume bullet.