Number of PMPs in the World

The number of PMP® (Project Management Professional) Certified Project Managers in the world has dramatically risen since 1984 when there were just 40 PMP® certified project managers.

Over the years more and more project managers have realized the need to get certified in project management.

This has added a tremendous amount of value to certain businesses where demonstration of project management proficiency is required through certification to win bids.

Since I started training project management I have seen the number of firms demanding project management professional certification dramatically rise.

From 1996 to 1998, the number of PMPs almost doubled growing from 5,632 9,719
From 2004 to 2006 that number more than doubled from 102,590 to 224,336
From 2008 to 2015 the number more than doubled from 320,628 to 650,576

Regardless what people may say, the number continues to grow in leaps and bounds so it makes sense to get certified.

Back in the day when computers first came on the scene it was extremely rare to find people who could use the various applications that came out: Word, Excel PowerPoint. But today almost everyone uses those applications. In the same token many years down the road I think it would be uncommon to find a project manager not certified as a PMP® or some other relevant certification in Scrum or Agile.

Project management will soon be plug and play, speak the same lexicon, tailor project management from the same cloth just like it is in many other standard professions. The time for structure and order in project management world-wide is already here and it will go through its metamorphose and mature with time.


2 thoughts on “Number of PMPs in the World”

  1. Thanks for sharing. I never really thought about the number of PMPs out there until I saw this post. I’d be even more interested to know the break-down by country.

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