Does PMP certification help in construction industries?

According to Quora:

Firstly – I’ve been in the construction game managing projects for over 10 yrs, so what I’m about to say is credible and relevant…

The relevance of PMP to construction.
(1) Most courses (university or otherwise) teach the PMBOK system not because it is good but because there is this massive big (bloated) book which is very easy for a lecturer to utilise.
(2) The early (pre-1980’s) development of the PMI project management body of knowledge had a significant input from construction industries.
(3) The PMBOK structure and system (and thus what the PMP is based upon) has changed over the years; it is now an IT project system (a $100,000 “project” is not a project by normal construction standards, that’s less than a day’s regular turnover, we’d be loosing money if we generated only that revenue in a daily basis). PMBOK (in a modern context) diverts significantly from the real world realities of what it requires to efficiently and effectively run a modern day construction project.
Please review (if my memory serves me correctly) appendix 2.1 where there is an entire paragraph of discrete and carefully written legalese (second or third down) stating that (I summarise) ‘this system is not intended for use in either a complex project or a project involving more than a single organisation’ [note; if you’re not used to reading contracts you might at first miss what this paragraph really says, it is very well disguised]. This paragraph is there for obvious reasons, and a variation of it is undoubtedly in every revision of PMBOK. Tell me… is there any type of construction project that does not involve more than one organisation as a significant party to the project (even the relationship between consultant and head contractor immediately exceeds this)? And what we in construction regard as being a ‘normal’ project with 30+ significant contracting entities (not including ‘vendors’) all of which comprise part of the project team, and the ‘PMO’ comprises representatives of multiple companies often with divergent interests – this is way outside the scope of the modern day PMBOK systems and structure.
(5) Please understand that PMI is a commercial organisation like any other (they have expenses to pay) and their greatest source of revenue is not from the construction sector but from the IT sector – thus they tailor their merchandise to their market (and to the bulk of the people talking in their ear).
(6) Take a look at your construction projects (whatever they may be); try “”mapping” the PMBOK system to these projects and you’ll quickly see that it’s not very flexible and doesn’t work all that well (my suggestion is try mapping the PRINCE2 system and you’ll find it fits construction projects quite well). I’ve seen lots of lecturers try to make construction projects fit the PMBOK system, they all end up drawing some very long bows to make it fit.
(7) Please also read that Shailendra Rajavaram has written below, I agree with what he has written.

Is the PMP certification valuable to someone in the construction industry?
(1) In recent years I have become aware of an increasing number of client side and consultant roles (particularly those advertised for government positions) requesting a formalised PM accreditation, many of the HR personnel use the PMP as an example, or specifically request the PMP certification. My personal analysis of this is that most HR personnel understand little about the industry that they are recruiting for, and as many educated people related to the industry have trouble deciding whether the PMP certification is a useful certification or not, the HR personnel stand little chance or knowing any better, they just respond to the advertising and follow the herd.
(2) If you are looking for a PM qualification that is actually useful to you successfully running a construction project then I would strongly suggest the PRINCE2 certification. When I first learnt of this years ago I belittled it (my ignorance), but as I have learnt more about it I realise that it is actually very well suited to how modern construction projects are delivered.
(3) The (real) PM accreditations are the IPMA accreditations – why do I say this?… both PMP and PRINCE2 are academic examinations and the “experience” component varies widely dependent more upon job title than upon the actual work performed. The IPMA accreditations are evidence based certifications (other than the junior one), that means that you have to actually prove to their assessors that you can actually do each item (as opposed to ticking a multi choice answer sheet). Of course this is much harder and usually comes at a later stage in professional development. Note that IPMA doesn’t set a “system”, you can manage your projects how you want, they want you to demonstrate that you have the skills and the characteristics to be an effective and reliable project manager – so really this is a very different animal to the PMP.

In summary;
Are they going to pay you more for having (and maintaining) this PMP, are they going to pay you to do it. If so, hell why not… it’s another tick on the board.

By Alan Preston.

How PMP help in the construction industry?

PMP is particularly useful in construction industries because usually project in these industries are large and and complex, hence a small mistake or negligence can have a severe impact on project cost, schedule, quality and many other aspects. Hence the need for proper project management is always there.

And for project management, there is no other certification than PMP which can give you this kind of knowledge. The usefulness of PMP in construction industries include but not limited to:

  1. Project charter and stakeholders identification is one of the most important aspects of a project in construction industries because they are mostly expensive and complex project hence the project charter should always be complete and well explained in all aspects. Negligence in it can prove very costly in later stages. Similarly, in construction projects there are usually large no. of stakeholders, and their correct identification is very important because if a stakeholder is missed and discovered later, it can be disastrous for the project. PMP certification gives you all the knowledge necessary to do this work properly
  2. Proper planning and management plans for every aspect of project like, costs, schedule, quality, scope, HR, communication, risks, procurement etc. play a pivotal role in complex projects. These plans combine to form project management plan, which is in-fact the most important document of a project. Therefore, neglecting proper planning can prove fatal for a project in construction industries. PMP certification teaches you how to full plan the project and how to make the individual plans of all the aspects of project.
  3. All the work planned should be executed in a proper way and according to the project management plan. Execution is the biggest and most time as well as resources consuming phase of a project in construction industries. Hence the importance of proper execution of work is obvious. PMP certification tells you how to execute your projects successfully and how to manage the resources. So that your projects deliver the required product as planned.
  4. All the aspects of a project form scope to quality and from HR to procurements should be carefully monitored and controlled. In construction industries monitoring and control is yet another very important process because in complex projects a small mistake in scope or cost creep can be very dangerous. Similarly, quality of deliverables. should always be monitored for customer satisfaction. PMP certification provides you all the tools and methodologies for proper project monitoring and control which is the key for success of a project in construction industries.
  5. Most of the projects in construction industries consist of delivering some finished product and it is of great importance to take final acceptance from the client in every aspect of product. Similarly, most of the construction projects are nearly of same nature and same processes kind of repeat. Hence it is very useful and important to document all the lessons learnt during the project and archive all the project documents for future reference. This can prove very beneficial for future projects. PMP certification tells you all the procedures on how you should close the project and what are the steps for doing it.


PMP certification is very beneficial in construction industries as it gives you right methodologies, framework and tools on successful project management which is of utmost importance. Because in construction projects we have huge amounts of money and other resources at stake and the price of failure is monumental.


Thor Pedersen, PMP Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute (2016)

It is really useful where ever they do projects.

Think project management in terms of building a house, you want to plan, prepare, research, build a solid foundation, plan everything out. Don’t just rush off to Home Depot and start buying stuff.

It makes even more sense in construction because everything has to be so tightly sequenced, everything has to be there on time/in right amount and so on.

I got my PMP while working at a credit union, the other PM’s there either had it or were working towards it.
It is a good knowledge set and base framework for anyone working in managing projects.

We used PM’s on enterprise wide projects, infrastructure projects, I mean really it is a methodology, a framework and processes to ensure your outcome is on time, on budget and to specs.


I believe this certification helps for people who have ambitions to move into upper level management, particularly of larger engineering/construction companies.

In my experience, small companies or small offices (say less than 50 people) of large companies, have the ability to know their employees on a very personal, individual level and so having various certifications like PMP are less critical. The company will know who their best management people are, regardless of who has what letters behind their name.

Now, as you start getting into progressively larger offices, then this sort of certification holds weight, because it is a quick way to categorize employees who people may not be familiar with. Furthermore, having a PMP certification does show ambition and at least a minimal level of training in this area. A new grad with PMP certification is unlikely to be given high level management responsibilities, but it may accelerate their rate of climbing the corporate structure.

By Kyle Matthew:

Construction took a huge leap at the time of big recession also. Many big infrastructure companies are now planning to have risk managers for their organization so that they can reduce the risks involved at the time of raising a big infrastructural project. The construction organizations have now realized the value of Project Management so the demands of good and experienced Project Managers have increased . I came across these interesting articles and found them very informative and useful . I am sure it will be of great help even to u .


What is the PMP for construction management?

Project management for construction uses the waterfall method. The PMP certification teaches this method in specific terms. I have know many PM’s in this particular industry. The better they understand the principals in the PMBOK the better their performance and success. Scope, schedule, and budget are not just limitations to these project managers, they are strict guidelines that must be understood, communicated, measured, and met for project success and organization strategic performance.

By Jack Ferguson, Business Consultant / Trainer (2012-present)

Does PMP certification help in construction management projects? Do construction companies really look for PMP certified people?

Answer to the first question is surely yes, The knowledge of PMP surely gonna help you in the day to day curriculum of you being a project manager at construction project too. it will help you relate to all the actions you take to mitigate your project challenges and setting up a smoother system of execution at site levels.

Construction companies in india really are not as keen to hire PMP certified people as the IT sector being the importance of project management still to be incorporated to the core of execution in major construction projects. but few companies having global operations and multinational giants, will surely provide you an edge.!

By Arnab Ghosh, Entrepreneur | Traveller | PMP. Founder, at

One industry that should get immense benefit from PMP Certification is Construction industry. I am graduate Civil Engineer from BITS, Pilani and worked on construction projects in India and abroad. The construction industry and construction project managers have to deal with all the processes and knowledge areas as mentioned in The Guide to PMBOK. Rather than learn the trial and error method, a professional approach is always welcome since the ultimate beneficiary is the tax payer.

By Sriprasad M.R., Edupreneur, career coach

There is no doubt that PMP certified people are helpful supports and they are desirable by the construction firms, but in some countries all such aspects are not treated yet. The PMP certified manpower can take better challenges and also can better implement the site plan
There are some countries where this certification is not much famous, but still PMP certified people are deserved by some construction firms. The projects can be better incorporated hiring such people. Thanks for the conversation…
May 17, 2019

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