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PM Certifications Benchmarking Research Update

2015 update of Paul Giammalvo’s project management certifications benchmarking study now available

10 January 2015 – Dallas, London, Sydney – Over the last five years, one of the most important benchmarking studies of various project management certifications around the world has been carried out by Dr. Paul Giammalvo in Jakarta. Paul’s newest paper, “Project Management Certifications Benchmarking Research: 2015 Update” in which he has updated and expanded his global analysis has been published and is now available in the PM World Library.

According to the author’s introduction, “Some of the key findings from previous year’s research shows that at least in the field of project management, Gladwell’s ‘10,000 hours’ is too low, with 15,000 hours ‘level of effort’ being closer to what it actually takes to produce a “competent” professional level practitioner. Another important finding is that the world’s two most popular certifications, PMI’s PMP and Axelos PRINCE2 do NOT qualify as professional level credentials even using the rather low ‘10,000 hours’ advocated by Gladwell. A more positive trend seems to be emerging and that is as more professional societies add certifications, we are moving away from exam only certifications (i.e. PMI’S PMP and Axelos PRINCE2) and nearly all of the newer credentials involve both exams and peer assessments of competency.’

To read this paper, go to the author’s showcase page at and click on the title. Must be a logged in library member to access after 7 February 2015.