Project Management Certification: Do You Need It?
If you’ve moved into the role of project manager gradually or in an informal capacity, you may be wondering whether you need a project management certification.
It’s quite possible that you’re running successful projects without a certification. Is it worth the time and effort it takes to get certified?
In this article, we look at the benefits of project management certification, explore some of the best certifications available, and give you pointers on getting certified.
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Why is Project Management Certification Important?
There are many reasons why you might choose to get certified. To help you decide whether a project management qualification is the right choice for your career, we have listed our top 5 project management certification benefits:
1. Flexible Skills = Flexible Ability
Our certified project management courses teach skills and methodologies that can be adapted to projects in every sector. This gives your project management skills greater versatility and helps put your career on the map.
2. Achieve More
By utilising tried-and-trusted frameworks developed by international certifying bodies
, such as the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)®
, you will achieve more consistent results from your project work.
3. Gain Respect and Credibility
Achieving a recognised certification consolidates your level of skill and competency with potential employers and clients.
4. Longevity and Progression
Any thriving career needs continuous professional and personal development. Project management certification paths enable this progression.
5. Increased Earning Potential
Certified project managers consistently earn more than non-certified project managers.
What is the Best Project Management Certification?
Asking which certification is best is like asking what is the best project management course. There is no definitive answer.
The project management qualification you choose should match the kind of projects you work with and your project management career goals.
Here are some examples of popular project management certifications:
PRINCE2® is a project management methodology adopted for projects of all sizes and in all industries.
It's one of the world's most widely-utilised project management approaches. Many large organisations and government agencies use PRINCE2® as their primary method for managing projects.
The Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® is a globally-renowned awarding body for prestigious project management certification.
Their Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is often called the “gold standard” of project management qualifications.
Agile is rapidly becoming one of the most popular project management methodologies available.
It is specifically designed for projects that may be subject to regular changes and require a shorter value-delivery lead time.
Scrum is a form of Agile centred around tightly-knit project teams with clearly outlined roles.
Although Lean Six Sigma is more of a culture and a continuous improvement methodology, many project managers are achieving a Lean Six Sigma certification.
This expands their project management capabilities and broadens their career options.
How Long Does it take to get a Project Management Certification?
The timeline will vary depending on the training and project management qualification you choose.
Our project management courses follow a streamlined, 3-step process:
- 1. Attend Training
- 2. Study or Assessment Work
- 3. Exam or Assessment Submission
We include details on the steps required to achieve certification and how long it usually takes to get certified on each project management course page
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