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Have folks worked with non-profits, educational institutions or governmental agencies?
I am interested in getting the PMP certification and my background is in research, governmental agencies (health and social services) and non-profits. I am interested in hearing from folks who got the PMP and are working in these areas. I would like to know how the PMP has affected your professional work/career.
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Michael -

There are some unique constraints to these sectors (e.g. fixed annual budgets, non-profit objectives) but if your organization values project management, then a PMP might give you some additional credibility to complement a meaningful amount of project management experience.

I've worked with government agencies who have a high level of organizational PM maturity and which value the PMP for their "titled" PMs but have also encountered some that don't.

When I attained the certification back in 2000, it was a differentiator relative to my "competition" - now it is much less so.

I have had clients in all three realms and each has there own challenges but all have the same need to achieve success in projects and recognize the need for good project management. The all do put weight on credentials and have found government and educational especially so.
I work with non-for-profit organizations - We do Project Management and Real Estate Development consulting for them. It is definitely different working with them due to budget constraints, nature of their operations and continious changing requirements so agile project management suits their work style more but you can't fully apply to construction so we are starting to use Hybrid Models.
Only on a volunteer basis and none of them even knew about the PMP, but that was overseas in the Philippines.
Michael, It is a relevant question being asked by many of us prior to taking a PMP exam.

There are many organizations that are fully adapted to or tailored the PMP way of project management; some are in conjunction with Prince 2 and other methodologies.

However, a PMP knowledge/guideline gives you a frame work to think in complex situations of project management. Think of a situation where you are lost in the midst of an Ocean or a thick Forest. The simplest tool like a needle compass would be of immense help if you have a general geographic idea as to where your destination is.
This is what the PMP certification does in a simple sense ( it is absolutely a personal narration please).

Your approach shall be influenced to a larger extent by the PMP knowledge and hence a general level of standardization of the thought process in the project/group can be established.

The rest is your own skill in moving forward.
Thank you to all for your responses.
From what I have seen, PMP is often a pre-requisite in government, even though the level of organizational project management maturity is often quite low. In non-profits, not so much. However, the knowledge gained from gaining your PMP certification should serve you well in any of these environments.
The nonprofit sector is woefully behind even it comes to PNP. Most aren't even aware, which is sad because it could make tends m tremendous difference in fundraising campaigns/events. I continue my efforts to bring about change.
PMP has definitely equipped me with additional structure and a more refined approach towards Project Management than I had before I was a PMP.
I work in the Not for Profit Sector.
PMP as our colleagues have referred to earlier on this thread, is agnostic to the type of organisation you work in .
You will still be working under the Project Governance Framework that is directed by your company and will be influenced by the OPAs and the EEFs within the organisations.

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