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A PMP® Certification is Something You Can Take With You

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Darwin Li

24+ years

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IT Team Lead

Edmonton Police Service

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IT Program Manager

City of Edmonton

As documented by Darwin Li

I’ve learned that no matter what a person’s profession, earning a PMP® Certification from Simplilearn furnishes a project management professional with the organizational strategies needed for success. 

Ten years ago, I stepped into an IT leadership role as a program manager with the Canadian Police Department in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The one stipulation for this promotion was that I attain a PMP certification. The job had a lot of responsibilities, including managing our 911 system.

I had a short timeframe to get certified and started using a different online learning company. My experience with that other firm was awful, and I couldn’t get through a single unit without issues. Finally, I found Simplilearn’s PMP Certification Training Course, which helped me tremendously.

The skills I acquired from Simplilearn’s course have proven to be a great help because I learned how to streamline processes after completing the course. After completing the course, I was able to understand the status of projects clearly, and I was also able to make recommendations much more quickly, which my peers were unable to do.  

I chose to retire early from the police department, and I now teach people how to find early financial freedom and create generational wealth. The knowledge I  acquired from Simplilearn is helping a lot in my new venture. I am planning a conference this year, and the project management skills I gained will come into play.

It’s Never too Late to Upskill

I have 20 years of database experience and a bachelor’s degree in co-op electrical engineering from the University of Alberta. When I moved into leadership about 10 years ago, the other employees looked to me to provide project direction. This was when my experience with Simplilearn proved to be invaluable. I have worked on projects my entire career, but the skills I acquired while taking Simplilearn’s PMP Certification course gave me the talent to help the project managers who reported to me or worked with me. I could also uncover potential issues if employees tried to slide things past me. 

Simplilearn’s course was exactly what I needed: it was comprehensive, well laid out, and well-structured. The trainers were excellent, and the study notes were outstanding. Of all the course features offered by Simplilearn, I think the study guides helped me the most.

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Upskilling Can Help Your Career 

After completing Simplilearn’s course and receiving my PMP certification, I earned my promotion. At work, there was one project where we faced many issues, and I could come in and streamline things using what I learned in the course. My predecessor did not have a project management background, so when I started working on the project, I asked questions based on my training, and I could tell where the issues lay.  

Flexibility Works to Your Advantage

Because I was under time pressure to complete the course, Simplilearn’s flexibility allowed me to study on the weekends, in the evenings, at lunchtime, while traveling — whenever I could find the time outside of working hours.

Take Responsibility for Your Upskilling

The workplace is more competitive nowadays, and everyone must find a way to differentiate themselves. I have a phrase: “On your time, on your dime.” Although organizations should pay for your skills, it’s your job to keep upskilling yourself on your time and your dime.