Project Management Certification

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Every project that a company initiates needs someone to lead it, a project manager. But can anyone be a project manager? Of course, anyone could lead a project, whether it is a software project or a manufacturing project, but a company needs to have a leader, a manager, who will run the project so that it runs smoothly, meets milestones, is on budget, and achieves the desired results. Not everyone can achieve that and it takes experience and education in order to be a project manager.

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is an organization that is dedicated to the education of project managers so that they have the skills necessary to perform the tasks required of them. One way in which the PMI does that is to offer globally recognized credentials that certify project management expertise. The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a popular certification that the PMI offers that identifies the professional as someone who has the skills required to run the most complex projects.

Project Management Institute Certifications

The PMI offers six credentials that allow professionals with a wide range of experience to gain valuable recognition. Not everyone has to have years of project management experience to gain certification.

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) - this is designed for professionals that may be new to project management. It requires that the candidate has a good understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology, and processes of effective project management. The candidate is not required to have a college degree but does need at least 1500 hours of experience or 23 hours of project management education.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) - this is the most well-known certification that is offered by the PMI. Employers do often look at this certification when hiring professionals required to lead projects. Although this certification also does not require a college degree, the level of experience required to take the PMP exam is greater. For non-graduates, the PMI require that you have at least five years of project management experience, with 7500 hours leading projects, in addition to 35 hours of project management education. For those candidates with college degrees, the requirement is different. The PMI require at least three years of project management experience, with only 4500 hours leading projects, in addition to the 35 hours of project management education.
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP) - this certification is for professionals who are leading multiple projects, offering organizational benefits, and achieving strategic business goals. This more advanced certification requires you to have at least four years of project management experience and four years of program management experience for college graduates, while non-graduates require seven years of program management experience.
  • Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) - Agile project management is used in software projects where deliverables are required in short time spans. The Agile method means determining requirements for software development projects in a highly flexible and interactive manner. The PMI's certification recognizes that this will become a very important aspect of project management, and professionals with this certification will show the requirements to lead this type of project.
  • Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) - this certification is primarily for those professionals who are specialized in assessing and identifying project risks. This may be a role on a project rather than the project manager position, but is still a role that companies will look to having someone with the right skills to fill. The PMI certification is important for those professionals who are skilled in this specialized area.
  • Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) - the scheduling of a project is important to ensure that tasks are performed on time so that the project is completed on time and on budget. The project scheduler will be responsible for the scheduling of the tasks, ensuring the resources are available for the tasks, and adjusting the schedule or resources to make certain that the project keeps to the timeline. The PMI credential is a level of recognition for those professionals who are specialized in project scheduling.