‘PMP SmartStart Guide’ From Cheetah Learning Helps Professionals Decide if Project Management Is Right for Them

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New research from the Project Management Institute indicates that 2012 could be a pivotal year to consider project management as a career option. To help facilitate that decision, the Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) have announced that they are offering the “PMP SmartStart Guide” – and it’s free.

The Project Management Professionals (PMPs) at Cheetah Learning (http://www.CheetahLearning.com) have announced they are offering the “PMP SmartStart Guide” as part of their theme for January, which is “The Project Management of Prosperity.”

The free 25-page guide is available by filling out a brief form at http://www.CheetahSmartStart.com.

“Downloading your free Cheetah SmartStart Guide for the PMP exam puts you on the fast track toward Project Management Professional (PMP) certification,” says Cheetah Learning founder and CEO Michelle LaBrosse.

There’s never been a better time to consider project management as a viable career choice or mid-career course correction. That’s based on new research from the Project Management Institute (PMI), which shows that PMP credential holders in the U.S. average a salary 16 percent higher than their non-credentialed peers, which calculates to be about $14,500 annually.

“These numbers are great news for project managers who are looking to expand their careers with new skills, individuals who may be interested in a career change and those who are coming out of school or military service and considering what job would best suit their future goals,” said PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley.

The figures were released in conjunction with the publication of PMI’s “Project Management Salary Survey – Seventh Edition.” They show that despite the recent recession affecting many professions, project managers have reported salary increases. The survey also indicates that PMP certification clearly carries added value.

“At Cheetah Learning, we have helped people from a wide variety of professions become PMP-certified and have some amazing success stories about how people have dramatically improved their careers because of this certification,” said LaBrosse, Cheetah’s CEO.

For example:

An HR manager who, on a whim, decided to become PMP certified was named, within two years, the Executive Director of Human Relations with a $40,000 pay raise.

An environmental consultant who became PMP certified saw a jump in business from $250,000 to $750,000 in just six months.

A middle-school teacher who went through the program is now leading curriculum development projects for her school district.

In each case, getting the PMP credential was the critical element in launching themselves into career success.

“There is a very real benefit for those with the experience and training to pursue certification,” PMI’s Langley observed. “In today’s volatile economy, organizations are increasingly recognizing project management as a professional competency that provides distinct competitive advantages – and they are willing to pay for top project management talent.”

Cheetah’s experience confirms that finding.

“In less than 10 years, over 50,000 people have become ‘Cheetahs’ through Cheetah Learning,” says Cheetah’s founder LaBrosse. “This means they put their career on the fast track by becoming certified project managers through Cheetah Learning's award-winning accelerated PMP exam prep program.”

Cheetah recently launched a Social Media Blitz to help get the word out that project management is a career with a future. The effort includes:

Facebook – Learn about new classes, locations and exclusive promotions at http://www.Facebook.com/CheetahLearning

Twitter – “Daily Tips to Keep You Tops” at http://Twitter.com/MichelleCheetah

Cheetah Blog – “PM News You Can Use” at http://Blog.CheetahLearning.com

Books – “Cheetah Negotiations,” “Cheetah Project Management” and “Cheetah Know How” at http://www.CheetahStore.com

LinkedIn – “Leveraging connections and capabilities.”

For more information about Cheetah Learning and its various training opportunities, call toll free in the U.S. at (888) 659-2013. Outside the U.S., call (602) 220-1263.

ABOUT: Cheetah Learning is a Project Management Institute Registered Education Provider and is International Association of Continuing Education and Training Certified. Cheetah was awarded the Project Management Institute Professional Development Provider of the Year for 2008 for the significant contribution it made to the field of project management with its accelerated approach to teaching and doing project management.


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