PMI Membership Benefits

I volunteer at my PMI (Project Management Institute) local chapter called Great Lakes Chapter (www.pmiglc.org).  I enjoy the benefits of PMI membership in form of monthly magazine called PM Network and accompanied paper called PMI Today.  Both are informative and I have gained a lot by reading both publications. 

Many people join organizations enthusiastically and then with very little involvement and different priorities, fail to renew annual membership and later claim that they did find not much benefit of membership.  Becoming member in your professional organization and participating actively gives you opportunity to network with best people in your trade and increase your domain knowledge.

I found couple of interesting benefits while reading PMI Today paper and thought of sharing it with you. Here are the benefits-

  1. Attend PMI meetings/events at discounted price;
  2. Networking opportunities with professionals in management;
  3. Read PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge);
  4. Read business books on-line;
  5. Download a global standard;
  6. View the results of PM research projects;
  7. See articles from PMI publications for the last 7 years;
  8. Search for jobs, consult with a career coach and have your resume critiqued;
  9. Request a custom research;
  10. Order books and other materials at a discounted price;
  11. Use a career framework to help guide your career; and
  12. Get PM Network and PMI Today publications.

I would suggest that if you are in project management, get involved with www.PMI.org, join your local chapter and participate in making project management indispensable for business results.

Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

Referenced – PMI Today – April 2008
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3 Responses to PMI Membership Benefits

  1. Hi Virk,
    As a life-long project manager, I would urge you to look beyond PMI and consider joining the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, http://www.aacei.org or the International Council on Systems Engineering, http://www.incose.org.

    IMPO, PMI has become nothing more than a big business, conveniently masquerading as a “not for profit” professional organization. I belong to MANY professional organizations and NONE of them have 100+ million dollars in liquid assets, nor do any of them have CEO’s.

    Sorry Virk, but IMPO, PMI is now doing more damage to the image of the practice of project management than they are doing good.

    BR,
    Dr. PDG, Jakarta

    Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo, CDT, PMP, CCE, MScPM
    Senior Technical Advisor, PT Mitratata Citragraha, Jakarta/Singapore/Anchorage/Amsterdam http://www.getpmcertified.com
    Adjunct Professor, Project/Program Management, Lille Graduate School of Management, Paris, FRANCE http://www.esc-lille.com
    Curriculum Development Consultant/Adjunct Professor, Asset and Project Management, University of Western Australia, Perth, http://www.blendedlearning.ecm.uwa.edu.au
    Board of Directors, Global Alliance for Project Performance Standards (GAPPS) Sydney, AUSTRALIA http://www.globalpmstandards.org

  2. virk says:

    Dr. Paul,

    Thanks for the comment. We all have gone through different professional development stages and are entitled to have our opinion based on experience we accumulated.

    Every association/organization plays an important role in development of members. I will not agree with your point that PMI is doing damage to the image of the practice of PM. Having multi-million $ assets or having CEO should not be a negative point.

    PMI has empowered the profession and corporations pay attention to project management processes and methodologies, more than before. Thank you for pointing me towards INCOSE and AACIE.

    Appreciate your genuine feedback, I welcome your input.

    -virk

  3. Archana says:

    Hi, I want to do PMP, can any one hlep me with the best institution.

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