Behind every successful IT project, there is a project manager with an array of unique and in-demand skills. Finding the right project manager can be the difference between delivering a project on-time and on-budget and delivering a project late and over-budget. With so many different elements to content with, project managers ensure that the teams stay on track while working together harmoniously.
If you’re thinking about expanding your horizons with project management certification, this would be a very wise move. No matter which IT department you currently belong to, adding project management to your list of skills can expand your job prospects and boost your earnings. In this article, we’ll look at the top 12 project management certifications you should consider in 2019.
Top 12 project management certifications
- PMP: Project Management Professional
- APM: Associate in Project Management
- CAPM: Certified Associate in Project Management
- CSM: Certified ScrumMaster
- CompTIA Project+ certification
- PRINCE2 Foundation/PRINCE2 Practitioner
- CPMP: Certified Project Management Practitioner
- MPM: Master Project Manager
- PPM: Professional in Project Management
- PMITS: Project Management in IT Security
- Certified Project Director
- CPM: Certified Project Manager (IAPM)
Project Management Professional
Widely considered to be the most comprehensive project management course available, the PMP, or Project Management Professional is a rigorous and demanding course that will give the student a complete understanding of the project management field. Everything on this course comes back to the triple constraints, time, cost and scope. So you can be confident that everything you learn will have real-world applications. You can study for the course online and there are no prerequisites.
Associate in Project Management
One of the most popular APM courses offered by Training Bytesize is the Associate In Project Management. This course offers a pragmatic approach to project management using something known as the APM body of knowledge. This course will help you to understand how to manage projects at different stages in the lifecycle. You will also learn essential Monitor and Control mechanisms. This course can be taken online or in person and is concluded with a three-hour exam.
Certified Associate in Project Management
This globally recognised qualification will give you an edge above your peers no matter where in the world you are looking for a job. It’s an entry level qualification which can help to demonstrate your willingness to learn project management, even if you don’t have much experience under your belt.
Scrum is a specific type of project management which is popular in startups and those working with a tight budget. Becoming a certified ScrumMaster is the first step to achieving your Advanced Certified ScrumMaster qualification. It’s ideal for those who want to work in a fast-paced environment with increased engagement.
CompTIA Project+ certification
The CompTIA Project+ certification is a vendor-neutral certification which is recognised the world over. Holding this certification tells employers that you have critical thinking skills and a comprehensive understanding of project management principles.
Perhaps the most well-known of the project management courses, PRINCE2 stands for Projects In Controlled Environments. It is the favoured project management qualification used by the UK government and is widely used throughout the UK. This method focusses on business justification, so everything you learn will be grounded in real-life applications.
Certified Project Management Practitioner
The primary objective of this course is to develop managerial and leadership skills within the tech industry. It was created by the EC-Council, which was formed in the wake of the September 11th attacks to address cyberterrorism and information security. There are no prerequisites for this course and it is recongised around the world.
Master Project Manager
This course founded by the American Academy of Project Management was formed around the professional principles many pilots, engineers and lawyers employ. It is recommended that you have at least three year’s of project management experience before you embark on this course.
Professional in Project Management
Designed to offer a broad knowledge base and emphasis on efficient and effective resource allocation, this course by the GAQM is the perfect intermediate project management course for those looking to further their career. There are no prerequisites, but it is recommended that students have some prior experience.
Project Management in IT Security
IT Security professionals have their own project management qualification. This specialist course is aimed at IT security professionals who wish to refocus their attention and refine their skills. It covers all of the unique requirements of working in an IT security setting. You should have a few years of experience working in IT security before embarking on this course.
Certified Project Director
This is the highest possible level of qualification offered by the GAQM. It is aimed at high-level project managers who wish to expand into managing multiple, complex projects. You should have significant project management experience before embarking on this course.
Certified Project Manager (IAPM)
This international qualification is ideal for those who are hoping to work elsewhere in the world. This qualification promotes the importance of research, development and the practical applications of project management in a work setting. There are no prerequisites, but it is recommended that all participants have some practical work experience before starting the course.
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