This week's Project Management Paradise topic for discussion "Why PMP Certification?" and our guest is Joel Goldfarb from the Project Management Training Company based in Las Vegas.

Joel has over 30 years experience in Project Management Training and shares with us his knowledge on PMP certification, how it compares with other certifications, the scoring process, preparation options and lots more.

Joel has over 30 years’ experience in Project Management, of which Joel was directly involved in training and consulting. The Project Management Training Company specializes in training both individuals and groups for the PMP exam and gives a great insight into the exam during his interview.

Excerpts from Episode 11 – “Why PMP Certification?” with Joel Goldfarb

Joel mentions that although PMI was founded in 1969 but comments on the fact that the first PMP certification did not exist until 1984. He also believes that the certification has “ramped up” significantly in the last 10 years with 5,000 project managers passing the exam each month worldwide.

Joel gives a lot of information very relative to anyone thinking about sitting the exam, including both work and study requirements. Another interesting point, not commonly known according to Joel is the ability to sit the PMP exam without a pre-existing college degree with a higher amount of built up working hours.

Agile comes up in conversation between Joel and Johnny, discussing scrums and how they work as well as how it differs to the PMI approach.

Joel also gives a number of points on why you should consider choosing a training company as opposed to the self-study approach.

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Connect with Joel on Linkedin.

You can view / download Joel’s presentation entitled Why PMP? from Slideshare.