Steps in Acquiring Project Management Certification

>> Thursday, December 6, 2012

Project management is important in all spheres of life. With so many people starting their own business, it has become even more valuable. Today, most workplaces frequently demand this skill as part of employees’ skill set.


Types of Certification Available


For anyone considering project management certification, the first step is to decide what type of certificate best suits their need. There are six credentials that can be considered when it comes to choosing. These are:
  1. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  2. Project Management Professional (PMP)
  3. Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  4. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  5. PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
  6. PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)
For those with some knowledge and experience in the field at an organizational level, the OPM Professional Certification is also worth consideration. In the final analysis, the project management certification chosen should be dependent on future prospects as well as current needs.


Steps in Preparing for Project Management Certification


Once a decision is made concerning which certification to aim for, the steps in accomplishing this are:
  • Attend classes at educational institution where you will gain the required 36 hours of training needed in project management. These classes can be online or at a physical location
  • Sign-up directly with the Project Management Institute (PMI) to take the necessary examinations for certification. The cost for the exam depends on whether or not you are a member of PMI. Members will have the benefit of lower rates, the membership and examination costs combined is cheaper for members than the exams fees for nonmembers.  
  • Once you have completed the formal classes, it is time to apply to take the PMI examination to receive your certification. Once PMI has reviewed your application and determined your suitability, you will be sent an email requesting your exam fees

Benefits of Project Management Certification


Having certification is an indication to any company that you are dedicated and serious about what you do. The amount of hours needed to obtain and retain certification calls for dedication.  In most hiring situations, the individual with PMI credentials will stand a better chance.

When it comes to managing projects large and small, the person with PMI training will be more likely to be highly efficient. They can better understand the dynamics of project planning, budgeting and getting things done based on set timelines.

Anyone who is considering project management certification will need to know that it is a continuous process. After passing the initial examination, it is necessary to take renewal certification exams at set intervals.


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