What Are the Different Types of Project Management Qualifications?

K. Reynolds
K. Reynolds
Pursuing higher education will expose students to the fundamental concepts of project management, such as the notion that there are trade offs between time, cost, and quality.
Pursuing higher education will expose students to the fundamental concepts of project management, such as the notion that there are trade offs between time, cost, and quality.

There are numerous project management qualifications that can be gained by those looking to enter the project management field. These qualifications will vary depending upon the country in which the project manager is located and his or her specialty. The first project management qualification that is universal is that of a formal education in the area of project management. Many experienced project managers have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in business with a focus on project management, and will often have a master's degree or equivalent in project management. In addition to an undergraduate degree, it is not uncommon to see a project manager with a graduate certificate from a local college or university.

Project managers can be found in the engineering, construction and information technology industries.
Project managers can be found in the engineering, construction and information technology industries.

Beyond completing a formal education, managers can increase their project management qualifications by obtaining a project management certification. For those just beginning a career in project management, a Project+® certification by CompTIA® is a popular certification that demonstrates a person's ability to manage projects. The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) also offers a gold seal certification in project management. A project management methodology entitled Projects in Controlled Environments 2 (PRINCE2), which is endorsed throughout the United Kingdom, allows project managers to become certified in the method. In a similar fashion, the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) also has a Registered Project Manager (RegPM) certification that can help bolster the project management qualifications of a person within the industry.

The Project Management Institute® (PMI®) is considered by many to be the leading project management association in the world. The association boasts over 500,000 members in over 185 different countries. The PMI® is also responsible for issuing the Project Management Professional® (PMP®) certification, which is regarded as one of the most prestigious project management qualifications one can obtain. The examination is strenuous and candidates are not allowed to take the test unless they have a bachelor's degree, at least 3 years of project management experience, and 35 hours of project management education.

For candidates who do not meet the project management qualifications for the PMP® certification, the PMI® also offers a Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM®) credential that is well respected within the industry. The CAPM® is considered an entry-level certification and is designed for project managers with little to no experience. Unlike the PMP® certification, candidates only need 1,500 hours of project management experience and at least 23 hours of project management education. Individuals who are serious about improving their project management qualifications can take an online PMP® class from a PMI® authorized registered education provider.

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anon967394

I am not a Project Manager but a PMO who supports the operations work for the PM's. What course is most suitable for me for over eight years of experience?

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    • Pursuing higher education will expose students to the fundamental concepts of project management, such as the notion that there are trade offs between time, cost, and quality.
      By: raywoo
      Pursuing higher education will expose students to the fundamental concepts of project management, such as the notion that there are trade offs between time, cost, and quality.
    • Project managers can be found in the engineering, construction and information technology industries.
      By: mavil
      Project managers can be found in the engineering, construction and information technology industries.