Hello Project Managers! Have you been asking yourself the question, “should I become a PMI member?” There are some clear advantages on why you should become a member, but at the same time, there is a cost involved with the membership. Let’s look at the pros and cons of getting the membership to make a better decision.
Access to Knowledge Base – This is a major asset to becoming a PMI member. You will receive a copy of the PMBOK (digital license to download it) and access to numerous blog posts, webinars, papers, and other content. Personally, I mainly use the webinars to gain more PM knowledge and to gain PDUs to maintain my certification. I enjoy watching the webinars, but my one complaint is, there are many webinars that are recorded with very low-grade microphones. This is quite annoying. The content itself though is very good. There are a plethora of articles and papers written by PMs in different segments and most of the content is well written. PMI also promises templates, but I have yet to find the goldmine of templates on the site. As you will see, a lot of their content is buried on the site, thus making it hard to find. If you have time to really dive deep on the www.projectmanagement.com website, you can find a lot of interesting and useful content.
I really enjoy how you can pick from a plethora of different categorized webinars to learn specific things. PMI has done a good job at helping you tailor your learning. On the other hand, I didn’t find their job search that interesting, in other words, it really didn’t have that many jobs. One factor here could be your location. I was checking for different countries in Latin America. I currently work in Sao Paulo, Brazil, so I check here. Unfortunately, this job board is not very strong. On my search on 10/17/2017, there were only four jobs for all of Brazil. Not very enticing.
PMI has a sister site, www.Projectmanagement.com. This site is used for networking, webinars, articles, and much more. A good deal of the content on the site is only for members, but there is a lot, I mean a lot of free content. So, if you are looking for PDUs and are not a member, this is a great starting point. It I a great site worth exploring. If you feel that this site’s offers you great value, it is worth signing up. You will then gain access to the full spectrum of PM content.
Depending on where you live, this benefit of the membership could be worthwhile. There are many options for insurance. This can range from health, car, home, life, and other insurances. I am not sure of the specific deals as it depends on the specific package you are looking for along with age and other factors, but PMI is partnered with a few companies here and offers special discounts.
PMI is also partnered with Lenovo and offers discounts on PC products with up to 30% off. Members also receive free shipping and special discounts. Additionally, there are discounts with UPS where you can save up to 34% on shipping. You also have some discounts at the main car rental companies like Avis and Budget. Both claim that you can save up to 25% off.
PMI members can also save 20% off on PMI store purchases. For the books at the store, from my own experience, I personally prefer to buy on Amazon. The prices on Amazon are consistently cheaper even with PMI’s 20% off, and shipping is faster.
If you are planning to take the PMP exam and are already a member, you will pay $405. A Non-member will pay $555 to sit for the exam. So, if you buy into the $129 membership for the first year, it already pays for itself. If you are looking to renew your membership, it is also $129.
Are you still pondering the same question, “should I become a PMI member?” If you are still going to apply for your PMP exam, it is worth getting the PMI membership. You will save money and will have access to great content. This content will help you earn PDUs for when you are PMP approved. After your one year of membership, you can determine whether it is still worthwhile for you to stay a member. In some cases, you might not use the website as much as expected. Some practitioners have constant training and other events at their companies that they can use for PDU credit. Every case is different.
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