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Have you looked at the PMI numbers?
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December 2013:
- 439,677 members
- 594,603 PMP
- 4,641 PMI-ACP

August 2019:
- 580,119 members
- 958,593 PMP
- 30,027 PMI-ACP

Other numbers for reflection:
December 2013:
282 chartered and potential chapters in 88 countries

August 2019:
307 chartered and potential chapters in 212 countries and territories

What do you have to say about this?
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At $129 a year each, PMI is a very successful project
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Luis -

I think the gentle growth in membership is a reflection of the relative maturity of the profession and the association - there is unlikely to be a huge number of PM practitioners out there who haven't heard of PMI, and for those who can afford the membership and believe they are getting value out of it, they have likely already joined.

No surprise at all about the certification growth - the PMP has become the de facto standard credential referenced in North American PM job postings and has had moderate success elsewhere in the world. The ACP number shows the interest which PMs have in showing that they know something about agile to remain relevant.

It would be interesting to know how many ACP holders DON'T have a PMP - I'm guessing that is a very small number.

The chapter numbers are a little surprising - not the modest growth in the number of chapters, but the number of countries touched. My guess is that there has been a reasonable amount of consolidation among some chapters...

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 23, 2019 8:05 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for sharing your reading of the numbers.
Compared to the growing worldwide demand for qualified Project Management professionals, do you think PMI will grow in membership?
Will there be a growing growth in the number of certified people?
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Oct 23, 2019 6:19 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Luis -

I think the gentle growth in membership is a reflection of the relative maturity of the profession and the association - there is unlikely to be a huge number of PM practitioners out there who haven't heard of PMI, and for those who can afford the membership and believe they are getting value out of it, they have likely already joined.

No surprise at all about the certification growth - the PMP has become the de facto standard credential referenced in North American PM job postings and has had moderate success elsewhere in the world. The ACP number shows the interest which PMs have in showing that they know something about agile to remain relevant.

It would be interesting to know how many ACP holders DON'T have a PMP - I'm guessing that is a very small number.

The chapter numbers are a little surprising - not the modest growth in the number of chapters, but the number of countries touched. My guess is that there has been a reasonable amount of consolidation among some chapters...

Kiron
Dear Kiron
Thank you for sharing your reading of the numbers.
Compared to the growing worldwide demand for qualified Project Management professionals, do you think PMI will grow in membership?
Will there be a growing growth in the number of certified people?
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1 reply by Eric Simms
Oct 23, 2019 9:01 AM
Eric Simms
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I believe PMI membership will continue to slowly grow.
The rise in PMP holders is making the certification ubiquitous. This makes me feel I should pursue other PMI certifications soon (such as the PfMP and PgMP) as a way of differentiating myself from the average PMP holder. These aren't highly recognized in the business world yet, but I'm certain they soon will be.
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Oct 23, 2019 8:05 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for sharing your reading of the numbers.
Compared to the growing worldwide demand for qualified Project Management professionals, do you think PMI will grow in membership?
Will there be a growing growth in the number of certified people?
I believe PMI membership will continue to slowly grow.
The rise in PMP holders is making the certification ubiquitous. This makes me feel I should pursue other PMI certifications soon (such as the PfMP and PgMP) as a way of differentiating myself from the average PMP holder. These aren't highly recognized in the business world yet, but I'm certain they soon will be.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 23, 2019 9:59 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Eric
Thank you for sharing your reading of the numbers.
Compared to the growing worldwide demand for qualified Project Management professionals, do you think PMI will grow in membership? And in number of certified people?
If I had to choose to have another certification my choice would be in Risk Management
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Oct 23, 2019 9:01 AM
Replying to Eric Simms
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I believe PMI membership will continue to slowly grow.
The rise in PMP holders is making the certification ubiquitous. This makes me feel I should pursue other PMI certifications soon (such as the PfMP and PgMP) as a way of differentiating myself from the average PMP holder. These aren't highly recognized in the business world yet, but I'm certain they soon will be.
Dear Eric
Thank you for sharing your reading of the numbers.
Compared to the growing worldwide demand for qualified Project Management professionals, do you think PMI will grow in membership? And in number of certified people?
If I had to choose to have another certification my choice would be in Risk Management
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I completed my MBA along with the PMP certification in order to differentiate myself from the vast number of PMP certificate holders. Having both has given me an edge and supported me in a very fulfilling project management career.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 23, 2019 2:46 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Cristina
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
Indeed the MBA (Master Business Administration) is quite differentiating.
With this qualification have you worked as a project manager?
What do you say about PMI's evolution over the years and the proposed certifications?
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I agree with Kiron and Eric’s statements and this is one reason I went for the PfMP besides the fact that I do manage programs and portfolios.

Be mindful as well that many PMP’s are not members and this is why you see significant difference between PMP Holders and Membership No.

I think will continue to grow slowly and now with the new strategy and adoption of DA and Flex, you might even see more growth to the organization with those alliances onboard.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 23, 2019 12:25 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Rami
Thank you for sharing your reading of the numbers.
It's a fact.
Many people who are PMP are not PMI members
Why does this happen?
Do you think that from their perspective, being a PMI member doesn't add value?
The number of PMPs is growing at a slower pace than the PMI-ACP.
Do you think the acquisition of Flex and DA will increase the number of members?
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Oct 23, 2019 11:00 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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I agree with Kiron and Eric’s statements and this is one reason I went for the PfMP besides the fact that I do manage programs and portfolios.

Be mindful as well that many PMP’s are not members and this is why you see significant difference between PMP Holders and Membership No.

I think will continue to grow slowly and now with the new strategy and adoption of DA and Flex, you might even see more growth to the organization with those alliances onboard.
Dear Rami
Thank you for sharing your reading of the numbers.
It's a fact.
Many people who are PMP are not PMI members
Why does this happen?
Do you think that from their perspective, being a PMI member doesn't add value?
The number of PMPs is growing at a slower pace than the PMI-ACP.
Do you think the acquisition of Flex and DA will increase the number of members?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Oct 23, 2019 7:54 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Luis

Some people might see that the value the membership provides is not enough or maybe they can't afford it. For some countries and individuals, $129 USD is a lot.

Maybe with the acquisition of DA and Flex the number of members will increase and maybe the recent introduction of the ability to pay in the country's currency, for some countries, will help as well.

On another note, some organizations do charge membership fees based on the geographic location depending on the economic status of the country (i.e. for poor countries they charge less) so if PMI does that, it might help increase the number of members as well.

Just some thoughts.

RK
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What catches my attention most is the slow growth of PMI membership in contrast to the the number of PMP holders practically doubling. That's very interesting.

I'm not as excited about the PMI-ACP numbers. The ACP was relatively new in 2013, and PMI bragged at the time that it was the fastest growing certification, because the small numbers skewed the percentages. Along those lines, 30k ACP holders is a very significant jump, but only because 4k is such a small number. You can look at those numbers positively and say that the ACP has grown by over 600%, or you can be negative and ask why we still only have 30,000 ACPs.

Without being a SME on certifications, I'd guess that the ACP is just growing out of its infancy and getting to a quantity where people will start to recognize it. By contrast, Scrum.org has issued 100k certifications, and ScrumAlliance has issued more than 500k. Those certifications are different from the ACP, but we need the comparison for context.

I'm curious about PMI's other certifications. How many PfMPs, CAPMs, and RMPs do we have, for example?

I'm most excited about the fact that the PMP is nearly at 1 million. That's a very significant milestone and I hope PMI is prepared to celebrate!
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Oct 23, 2019 2:59 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Wade
Thank you for sharing your reading of the numbers.
I can share with you some of these numbers
2013 Certifications:
- 24. 450 CAPM
- 995 PgMP
- 2,584 PMI-RPM

2019 Certifications:
- 39,524 CAPM
- 755 PfMP
- 2,709 PgMP
- 5,337 PMI-RPM

In your opinion, is there any reason why PMI has not grown significantly in membership?
For more PMP certified people than PMI members?
Compared to the growing worldwide demand for qualified Project Management professionals, do you think PMI will grow in membership? And in number of certified people?
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Oct 23, 2019 10:19 AM
Replying to Christine Rotonda
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I completed my MBA along with the PMP certification in order to differentiate myself from the vast number of PMP certificate holders. Having both has given me an edge and supported me in a very fulfilling project management career.
Dear Cristina
Thank you for participating in this reflection.
Indeed the MBA (Master Business Administration) is quite differentiating.
With this qualification have you worked as a project manager?
What do you say about PMI's evolution over the years and the proposed certifications?
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