Project Management Certification Benchmarking Research: 2016 Update


Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo, CDT, CCP, MScPM, MRICS

Jakarta, Indonesia


As it is clear there are efforts underway to “professionalize” the practice of project management, now more than ever it becomes essential to benchmark the various project management credentialing programs against established, recognized, professional credentials, ensuring that regardless of which country the credential originates from, that it serves to validate a LEGITIMATE professional level of competency, which, like obtaining one’s driver’s license, includes not only written exams but also appropriate levels of independently validated experience.

Since 2010, the author has been publishing an annual report, benchmarking many of the more popular, globally recognized project management certifications against both the US Professional Engineer (PE) license as well as Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 hour” rule.  As over 30,000 copies of the report and the Excel template have been downloaded speaks to the interest this benchmarking research has generated as the question of “transportability” and “reciprocal recognition” of these credentials is the source of frequent debates. It also helps those organizations trying to UPGRADE their credentialing programs which, to their credit, many professional organizations have referenced in support of this effort.

For those who are not familiar with the evolution of this model, the benchmarking is based on the “level of effort” measured in person/hours it takes to qualify for, prepare for, apply and become certified, the underlying hypothesis being the more robust and rigorous the process, and the more it looks beyond the ability to pass multiple choice exams and actually analyzes real life deliverables and outcomes, the more likely it is to validate that the person holding the credential is “competent”.

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About the Author

Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo, CDT, CCE, MScPM, MRICS

Jakarta, Indonesia

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Dr. Paul D. Giammalvo, CDT, CCE (#1240), MScPM, MRICS, is Senior Technical Advisor (Project Management) to PT Mitratata Citragraha. (PTMC), Jakarta, Indonesia. www.build-project-management-competency.com.

For 25+ years, he has been providing Project Management training and consulting throughout South and Eastern Asia, the Middle East and Europe.  He is also active in the Global Project Management Community, serving as an Advocate for and on behalf of the global practitioner. He does so by playing an active professional role in the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, (AACE); Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the Construction Management Association of America, (CMAA). He previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (asapm) http://www.asapm.org/ and served previously as the Chair of the Certification Board of the Green Project Management organization. http://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/ He is active as a regional leader and a compensated consultant to the Planning Planet’s Guild of Project Controls. http://www.planningplanet.com/guild

He has spent 18 of the last 45 years working on large, highly complex international projects, including such prestigious projects as the Alyeska Pipeline and the Distant Early Warning Site (DEW Line) upgrades in Alaska.  Most recently, he worked as a Senior Project Cost and Scheduling Consultant for Caltex Minas Field in Sumatra and Project Manager for the Taman Rasuna Apartment Complex for Bakrie Brothers in Jakarta.  His current client list includes AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, Lucent, General Motors, Siemens, Chevron, Conoco-Philips, BP, Dames and Moore, SNC Lavalin, Freeport McMoran, Petronas, Pertamina, UN Projects Office, World Bank Institute and many other Fortune 500 companies and NGO organizations.

Dr. Giammalvo holds an undergraduate degree in Construction Management, a Master of Science in Project Management through the George Washington University and a PhD in Project and Program Management through the Institute Superieur De Gestion Industrielle (ISGI) and Ecole Superieure De Commerce De Lille (ESC-Lille- now SKEMA School of Management) under the supervision of Dr. Christophe Bredillet, CCE, IPMA A Level.  “Dr. PDG” can be contacted at [email protected].

For those interested in copies of the paper or access to the Excel spreadsheet, they can be downloaded HERE http://www.build-project-management-competency.com/download-page/ Line Items #37 and #38.