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Being a project manager comes with a lot of responsibility. Although you may have a number of employees beneath you, it is you who will be harshly judged if the result is not what was promised. One way to prepare for these challenges is by securing a project management certification.
Below, we’ll introduce you to the benefits of this certification and then show you which ones may have the biggest impact on your career. Project management certification is vital. Aside from the fact that these certifications look great on a resume, they have truly tangible benefits too.
Just a few include:
- Project management certification has shown a clear connection to overall project performance.
- These certifications are also linked to high-performing projects; 80% of them are overseen by a certified project manager.
- Companies with the highest maturity levels have a project management certification rate of 95%.
- That data was from a survey PWC did in 2006. 10 years later, demand for certified managers continues to rise.
- In fact, by 2020, an estimated 6.2 million jobs will require certified project managers to fill them. That’s an increase of about 12% from today.
- Finally, employees with project management certifications can expect much greater salaries too. For example, those with PMP certifications (which introduce you to in a moment) earn 20% more on average than those without it.
The Major Project Management Certifications
Project Management Professional(PMP)
The PMP is really considered the gold standard among project managers. Achieving this certification proves you understand how to manage all of the triple constraints: cost, time and scope.
Certified Associate in Project Management(CAPM)
The CAPM is a precursor to the above certification and, thus, is also administered by PMI. For those without a lot of experience, this is the perfect stepping stone toward acquiring the PMP.
Master Project Manager (MPM)
The MPM certification is overseen by the American Academy of Project Management. Theirs is based off of the professional license model that lawyers, doctors, engineers and other professionals follow.
Associate in Project Management
The APM is administered by the Global Association for Quality Management (GAQM). This global, non-profit oversees a number of credentials relevant to the world of IT, project management being one of them.
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner
If you’re looking for an agile certification, PMI has a very well-respected certification that recognizes your knowledge of agile standards and techniques. The PMI-ACP certification course covers Kanban, Scrum, Lean, test-driven development (TDD) and extreme programming (XP). PMI-ACP is the organization’s fastest growing certification.
Author- Swapnil Wale
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