What are the Project Management certification requirements?
Each project management certification has its own set of requirements.
Some certifications, such as the Microsoft Project certification and some of the certifications offered by academic institutions, only have educational requirements. On the other hand, most of the certifications awarded by associations or institutes have both educational and practical experience requirements – particularly for their more advanced certifications.
Most project management certification requirements can be found on the websites of the institutions that are offering the relevant certifications.
Types of Project Management Certifications
There are a number of different project management certification options to choose from. Some of the different options are listed below.
You can work towards one of the certifications offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Their certifications are internationally recognised, and they offer the following options:
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Program Management Professional (PgMP)
- PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI – ACP)
- PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI – RMP)
- PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI – SP)
- OPM3 Professional Certification
Project Management Microsoft Certifications
You can obtain a certification in Microsoft Project – the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2010. Microsoft Project is a software application program designed to assist in project management.
International Project Management Association (IPMA) Certifications
You can also obtain a certification from the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The possible IPMA certifications are:
- IPMA Level A – Certified Projects Director
- IPMA Level B – Certified Senior Projects Manager
- IPMA Level C – Certified Project Manager
- IPMA Level D – Certified Project Management Associate
Certificates or other qualifications in Project Management can alternatively be obtained from other accredited and registered academic institutions.
Why obtain a Project Management certification?
- It will set you apart from project managers who are not certified, and it will allow you to compete with those who are certified.
- It will provide employers with the assurance that you understand the strategic principles that are necessary for the successful completion of a project.
- It increases your credibility as a project manager, and will complement any previous project management education that you might have.
- It increases your earning potential and could open doors to new career opportunities.
- It can increase your confidence in your ability to lead projects effectively and successfully.
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