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Why Project Management Certifications Matter – CIO Article

October 15, 2012

As a Project Management Professional (PMP) and instructor of Project Management, I know the value of certification for Project Managers and organizations.  The current job market bears out this value with an increasing demand for certified Project Managers.  Still it is worthwhile to regularly review what value certification brings to organizations and Project Managers.  The article, Why Project Management Certifications Matter, does an excellent job of looking at this value from different perspectives.

If I were evaluating 2 candidates with equal qualifications and experience, and one was certified and the other one wasn’t, I would choose the certified candidate.  PMI certification is not determined by test alone.  In order to successfully achieve most PMI certifications, one must have a combination of work experience and Project Management education as well as successful test achievement, which demonstrates professional commitment.  PMI certification does not guarantee project management success but it does increase the probability of success.

I have listed the basic requirements below for the CAPM and PMP certifications, along with links to further information on the PMI website.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Requirements

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:

  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent)
    AND
  • At least 1,500 hours experience

OR

  • 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.

From CAPM Certification Page on PMI.org

PMP Requirements

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.OR
  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

From PMP Certification Page on PMI.org

Also see Project Management In The News – Why Project Management Certifications Matter

“PMI”, “PMBOK”, “CAPM” and “PMP” are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

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