Project management certifications have claimed a place in every top IT certification list for years. That’s because project managers are important to IT operations of all kinds. Whether you are interested in becoming an IT project manager or just want to add project management to your list of soft skills, these five leading certifications will help you add to or boost those skills and, in turn, increase your value.
If there’s a single set of soft skills that’s been fixed on the IT radar for the past decade or so, to the point where it’s become almost as sought after and every bit as valuable as top-level credentials, it must be project management. Thanks in large part to the immensely popular and widely pursued Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), this area has become an incredibly valuable merit badge for IT professionals of all stripes. That’s because it enhances and expands on the value of just about any other kind of technical credential.
Project management has everything to do with planning, scheduling, budgeting for, and then executing and reporting on projects of all shapes and sizes. In fact, anything and everything that IT does can be understood or handled as a project of some kind. It applies to one-of-a-kind activities that happen only once or very seldom (think hardware or OS upgrades or migrating from older to newer platforms or infrastructures). Ditto for a recurring series of activities that repeat regularly (think security patches, software updates or other regular maintenance tasks). Thus, project management is incredibly important and valuable to IT operations across the board.
According to PMI’s Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey, 10th Edition [pdf], IT professionals who hold a PMP report median base annual salaries in the U.S. of almost $116,000. The top 25 percent of survey respondents report base salaries of at least $139,000. Depending on such factors as complexity and size of projects, location, fields of expertise (e.g., IT, construction or healthcare), and experience, salaries for some PMP credential holders can be much higher still.
Robert Half’s Technology & IT 2019 Salary Guide lists project management as a hot certification, with salaries varying slightly by technology area. It cites a salary range of $93,000 to $157,500 for project managers in application development environments. Project managers engaged in consulting and system integration roles can expect to earn $96,250 to $163,500 nationwide. This explains nicely why PMP appears in nearly every top 10 list of popular, targeted or most desirable certifications since the early 2000s. It’s no surprise that Robert Half also lists the PMP credential, along with Agile and Scrum certifications, as “highly valued technology certifications” trending up in the IT industry.
To provide you an idea of which project management credentials employers look for in prospective candidates, we conducted a quick survey on some popular job boards. Clearly, the PMP is the overall favorite and remains our No. 1 pick for must-have project management certifications. PMI’s entry-level project management credential, the CAPM, also made our top five. The CSM from Scrum Alliance, along with ASQ’s Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt credentials, round out those picks. It’s also worth noting that job postings for project managers increased by 20 percent from 2018 across all project management certifications.
|CAPM (Project Management Institute)||593||718||1,187||381||2,879|
|CSM (Scrum Alliance)||3,550||4,916||9,286||3,052||20,804|
|PMP (Project Management Institute)||13,683||18,311||28,064||9,096||69,154|
The same organization behind the more senior Project Management Professional (PMP) credential also backs the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). In fact, the CAPM is properly considered a steppingstone credential for those who wish to attain PMP status by stages, rather than in a single giant leap. That’s why PMI describes the CAPM as a “valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners” that is “designed for those with little or no project experience.”
The PMP requires three to five years of documented on-the-job project management experience, depending on the educational background of each applicant. On the other hand, the CAPM requires only a high school diploma and either 1,500 hours of documented on-the-job experience (about nine months of full-time work) or 23 hours of project management classroom training prior to taking the exam. The education prerequisite can be met by completing PMI’s Project Management Basics online course which costs $350 for PMI members and $400 for non-members.
Nor does the CAPM require continuing education (which PMI calls PDUs, or professional development units) as does the PMP (60 PDUs every three years) to maintain this credential. To recertify, CAPM holders must retake the test once every five years.
The CAPM is one of a small set of entry-level project management certifications (including the CompTIA Project+) that IT professionals interested in project management might choose to pursue. Remember, though, that it is just a steppingstone to the PMP.
Unless you work in a large organization where a project management team is in place that includes junior as well as senior positions, the CAPM by itself is unlikely to provide a ticket to a project management job. However, it’s ideal for IT professionals for whom project management is a part-time job role or who want to grow into full-time project management.
|Certification name||Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)|
|Prerequisites/required courses||High school diploma, associate’s degree or global equivalent, plus 1,500 hours of project management experience or 23 hours of project management education
Certification valid for five years; candidates must retake test to maintain credential.
|Number of exams||One (150 questions; 15 questions are unscored; three hours to complete)|
|Cost per exam||Computer- or paper-based exams:
PMI member: $225 (retake $150)
Nonmember: $300 (retake $200)
Exam available in online proctored or center-based test (CBT) formats.
Exam administered by Pearson VUE.
|Self-study materials||PMI maintains a list of self-study materials on its exam guidance webpage, including the Exam Content Outline [pdf], demo exam questions [pdf] and the CAPM Handbook [pdf].
Numerous books are available, including:
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Sixth Edition; Sept. 22, 2017; Project Management Institute; ISBN-10: 1628251840; ISBN-13: 978-1628251845 (available for free download to PMI members)
CAPM test Prep, Third Edition, by Rita Mulcahy, Sept. 2013, RMC Publications, ISBN-10: 1932735720, ISBN-13: 978-1932735727
CAPM/PMP Project Management Certification All-in-One test Guide, Fourth Edition, by Joseph Phillips; April 23, 2018; McGraw-Hill Education; ISBN-10: 1259861627; ISBN-13: 978-1259861628
As companies seek to deliver more for less, many adopt Agile methodologies to streamline processes, build quality into products and ensure that final builds meet customer requirements. As Agile methodologies have become more popular, it’s no surprise that we see increased demand for IT practitioners qualified to manage projects in Agile environments.
While different Scrum master certifications are available, our pick is the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) from the Scrum Alliance. This nonprofit encourages adoption of Scrum and Agile practices, promotes user groups and learning events, and provides resources for professional development. The organization boasts more than 500,000 certified practitioners worldwide.
The Scrum Alliance provides a support system for Scrum practitioners, including Scrum Gatherings, user groups, virtual communications, coaching, online training and much more. In addition to community and advocacy activities, the Scrum Alliance offers numerous Scrum-related certifications at the foundation, advanced, professional, elevated (guide) and leadership levels. Scrum Alliance certifications are designed for team members engaged in Scrum master, product owners and developer roles. The Scrum master and product owner tracks offer credentials at the foundation, advanced and professional levels which the developer track only offers a foundation and professional level cert.
For project managers getting started as Scrum practitioners, the CSM makes an excellent entry-level credential. Not only must candidates demonstrate an understanding of Scrum principles and values, but they’ll learn how to implement and apply Scrum in practice. The Scrum Alliance provides CSMs with multiple resources, plus checklists and information about the servant-leader role of the Scrum master.
Globally recognized, ASQ certifications attest to candidate expertise, mastery of industry and regulation standards, and mastery of the ASQ Body of Knowledge. Currently, ASQ offers 18 credentials, three of which specifically target project management: the Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) (expert level), the Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) (professional level) and the Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB) (entry level).
The Certified Six Sigma Black Belt is ASQ’s highest Six Sigma credential. The CSSBB aims at experienced practitioners who understand Six Sigma methodologies (including the DMAIC model), tools, systems and philosophies. CSSBBs can lead teams or manage team dynamics, roles and responsibilities.
The path to CSSBB certification is rigorous. In addition to passing a comprehensive exam, candidates must complete two projects that employ Six Sigma tools and processes, resulting in project improvement and a positive financial project impact. An affidavit is also required to attest to the veracity of the project. Alternatively, candidates with at least three years of experience in one or more of the Six Sigma Body of Knowledge areas need only complete one Black Belt project.
CSSBB candidates are expected to demonstrate mastery of the ASQ Black Belt Body of Knowledge, called standards:
The CSSBB is valid for three years. To recertify, candidates must earn 18 recertification units or retake the exam.
|Certification name||Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)|
|Prerequisites/required courses||Two completed projects with signed project affidavit, or one completed project with signed affidavit plus three years of experience in one or more areas of the Six Sigma Body of Knowledge|
|Number of exams||One: computer-based (165 questions, 4.5 hours) or paper-based (150 questions, 4 hours)|
|Cost per exam||$438 members, $538 nonmembers (retakes $338)
Exams administered by Prometric.
|Self-study materials||ASQ maintains a comprehensive list of test prep materials, including training opportunities, question banks, interactive demo exams, books and other recommended references.|
The Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) by ASQ is a professional-level credential targeting experienced Six Sigma practitioners. Often, a CSSGB works under the direction of the more senior CSSBB or as an assistant. CSSGBs identify issues and drive quality and process improvements in projects.
To earn the credential, candidates should have at least three years of experience working with Six Sigma processes, systems and tools. The work experience must have been full time and compensated; an unpaid internship, for example, doesn’t count. In addition, work performed must have been in at least one of the Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge competency areas.
In addition to work experience, candidates must pass an test that tests their knowledge of the Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge. Currently, the Green Belt Body of Knowledge includes six competency areas:
Overall, this is an excellent credential for those who have some experience but are not quite ready to take on the roles and responsibilities of a Black Belt.
|Certification name||Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB)|
|Prerequisites/required courses||Three years of experience in one or more of the Six Sigma Green Belt Body of Knowledge areas
Experience must be a full-time paid position (internships do not meet the experience requirement)
|Number of exams||One: computer-based (110 questions, 4.5 hours) or paper-based (100 questions, 4 hours)|
|Cost per exam||$338 members, $438 nonmembers; retakes cost $238
Exams administered by Prometric.
|Self-study materials||ASQ maintains a comprehensive list of test prep materials, including training opportunities, question banks, interactive demo exams, books and other recommended references.|
The Project Management Institute (PMI) not only stands behind its Project Management Professional certification, it works with academia and training companies to ensure proper coverage and currency in the various curricula that support this and other PMI credentials. Boasting more than 500,000 global members and 750,000 PMP certified professionals around the world, PMI’s PMP remains one of the most prestigious project management credentials available. (Note: The PMP’s precursor, the CAPM, is covered in an earlier section of this article.)
That’s why you can obtain college- and university-based PMP training from so many institutions. It’s also why you may sometimes find PMP coverage integrated into certain degree programs (often at the master’s degree level).
The PMP credential is coveted by employers seeking the most highly skilled project management professionals. Developed by project managers, the PMP certification is the highest level offered in PMI certifications. It is designed to ensure that credential-holders possess the skills and qualifications necessary to successfully manage all phases of a project, including initiating, planning, scheduling, controlling and monitoring, and closing out the project.
PMP certified projects managers are also well versed and skilled in managing all aspects of the triple constraints – time, cost and scope. Employers depend on the skills of PMP professionals to manage budgets, track costs, manage scope creep, identify how changes to the triple constraints may introduce risk into the project, and minimize such risk to protect the project investment.
The standards for PMP certification are rigorous. Beyond passing a comprehensive exam, credential holders must first demonstrate and certify that they have the skills and education necessary to succeed in the project management field. Credential seekers should be ready to provide documentation for items such as education, projects worked on and hours spent in each of the five project management stages – initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing out the project.
While it’s difficult to achieve, the rewards for PMP credential holders can be significant. According to PMI’s Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey, 10th Edition, PMPs in the U.S. earn an average of 23 percent more than their non-credentialed counterparts. The survey reports median salaries of PMPs in the United States at $115,000, as opposed to $92,000 for non-PMP certified project managers.
For those interested in program management or wishing to specialize in a project management area, PMI offers several interesting additional credentials:
The PMP remains a nonpareil certification for IT and other professionals whose responsibilities encompass project management. It is the standard against which all other project management credentials are judged.
It should be noted that, after meeting the prerequisites, candidates are also required to pass a rigorous exam. Candidates must obtain an eligibility ID from PMI before they can register for the exam.
|Certification name||Project Management Professional (PMP)|
|Prerequisites/required Courses||Required courses: None
Prerequisite skills: Four-year degree, 4,500 hours in leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education
Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or equivalent), 7,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education
Note: Credential holders must earn 60 professional development units (PDUs) per each three-year cycle to maintain certification.
|Number of exams||One (200 questions, 4 hours)|
|Cost per exam||Paper* and computer-based exams:
PMI member: $405 (retake $275)
Nonmember: $555 (retake $375)
*Paper-based test only available if candidates lives more than 150 miles from testing center or if testing center is not available in the country of residence and travel would provide an undue burden.
Exam administered by Prometric. Eligibility ID from PMI required to register.
|Self-study materials||PMI maintains a list of training resources on the PMP test guidance webpage, including links to demo questions, the PMP test Content Outline [pdf] and the PMP Handbook [pdf]. Additional training materials (quizzes, publications, books, practice guides and more) are available from the PMI Store.
Numerous books are available, including:
Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Sixth Edition; Sept. 22, 2017; Project Management Institute; ISBN-10: 1628251840; ISBN-13: 978-1628251845 (available for free download to PMI members)
PMP test Prep: Accelerated Learning to Pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam, Ninth Edition, by Rita Mulcahy; Feb. 1, 2018; RMC Publications Inc.; ISBN-10: 1943704040; ISBN-13: 978-143704040
CAPM/PMP Project Management Certification All-in-One test Guide, Fourth Edition, by Joseph Phillips; April 23, 2018; McGraw-Hill Education; ISBN-10: 1259861627; ISBN-13: 978-1259861628
Practice exams: PMP test VCE test and Study Guide, Ninth Edition, by J. LeRoy Ward and Ginger Levin; June 28, 2018; Auerbach Publications, ISBN-10: 1138440299; ISBN-13: 978-1138440299
Project management is truly a white-hot area for both certification seekers and employers. Several other project management certifications are available, for general IT project management as well as software development project management.
Honorable mention goes to the Global Association for Quality Management (GAQM) project management certifications, such as the Professional in Project Management, Associate in Project Management and Certified Project Director. The Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner qualifications (featured in the 2017 top-five list) are also excellent credentials and worth honorable mention.
The CompTIA Project+ credential (featured in the 2017 top-five list and honorable mention in 2018) remains a well-known entry-level project management certification for those starting their project management careers. ASQ’s Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt (CSSYB) is another entry-level credential worth exploring, particularly if you’re interested in eventually moving up to the more senior Green and Black Belt credentials.
Most graduate business, management and management information systems (MIS) programs offer project management training to students, and some offer certificate programs outside the project management organizations as well.
You’ll also find training and occasional certification around various project management tool sets. For example, some Microsoft Learning Partners offer courses on Microsoft Project, and you can find a dizzying array of project management packages on Wikipedia’s comparison of project management software page.
The CAPM and Project+ remain the best-known entry-level project management certifications, with the PMP as the primary professional target and capstone for would-be professional IT project managers. Don’t forget to consider PMI’s related certifications as well. For project managers seeking entry into the realm of Scrum, the CSM is the best entry-level cert for Scrum practitioners.
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Today, organizations and people are centered around a portfolio of projects to deliver outcomes. At Project Management Institute (PMI) calls this new way of working “The Project Economy” – in which people have the skills and capabilities they need to turn ideas into reality.
The content of this class is fully aligned with PMI®’s revised 2021 test format and covers essential courses in preparation for the Project Management Professional (PMP) ® or the Certified Professional in Project Management (CAPM) ® exams. Upon completing this program Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management is authorized to issue 35 PDUs, a minimum requirement to appear for the certifications. This certificate and PDUs can be used as required hours of project management.
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While some people like the option of downloading a desktop app, plenty of others prefer to use a web-based project management software that doesn’t require you to get anything. Fortunately, there are many different web-based project management software platforms out there to choose from — which makes it difficult to decide on a final selection.
In this guide, we round up the top 10 web-based project management software that you should consider using this year.
While cloud-based project management software do offer a lot of the same functionality, each platform also offers its own unique set of features that set it apart from the back. In the chart below, we’ve summarized some of the most essential features to look for in web-based project management software.
|Multiple project views||Native time tracking||Built-in chat messaging||Forever free plan||Pricing|
|Monday work management||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||$8 per user per month|
|Smartsheet||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||$7 per user per month|
|ClickUp||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||$7 per user per month|
|Wrike||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||$9.80 per user per month|
|MeisterTask||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||$11.99 per user per month|
|Teamwork||Yes||Yes||Add-on||Yes||$5.99 per user per month|
|Notion||Yes||No||No||Yes||$8 per user per month|
|Coda||Yes||No||No||Yes||$10 per user per month|
|Hive||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||$12 per user per month|
|Zoho Projects||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||$5 per person per month|
monday work management is one of the most well-rounded web-based project management software on the market today. In addition to classic features like multiple project views and time tracking, it also incorporates helpful tools that many other project management platforms lack, such as invoicing creation.
It is also highly scalable and flexible, working for teams both large and small across many different industries, which is why it’s one of the most popular agile project management software as well.
For more information, read the full monday work management review.
If you’ve ever wished that you could manage projects in an online spreadsheet (or are currently doing that now) then Smartsheet was designed with you in mind. Smartsheet combines a cloud-based, grid-like interface with robust project management features and affordable prices to create an extremely useful software platform. You can also try out other project views, like Gantt charts and calendars, if the grid view isn’t working for you.
For more information, read the full Smartsheet review.
Similar to monday work management, ClickUp is a robust project management tool that is designed for managing multiple complex projects at once. It also includes native time tracking, document management and more than 15 project views. However, ClickUp doesn’t have native billing and invoicing tools, so professional service teams should keep that in mind. You can easily integrate with other tools thanks to ClickUp’s 1,000+ Zapier connections.
For more information, read the full ClickUp review.
Wrike is designed with power users in mind, which makes it an excellent choice for project portfolio management. The learning curve will likely be intimidating to users who aren’t familiar with web-based project management software, but it’s hard to beat the sheer number of features and customizability that Wrike offers for more advanced users. If your current solution just isn’t powerful for your needs, then Wrike is definitely worth a look.
For more information, read the full Wrike review.
You probably know Meister for its digital collaboration tool MindMeister, but it also makes a project management platform called MeisterTask. This easy-to-use software sports a friendly, colorful interface that won’t intimidate beginners, and it offers a relatively low learning curve. It’s a great option for simple task management, but isn’t powerful enough to handle extremely complex projects and lacks some features like pre-built templates.
For more information, read the full MeisterTask review.
Teamwork is another fully featured web-based project management software that includes many features helpful for client-facing teams, including document proofing, time tracking and invoice creation tools. You can also create reports and easily share them internally or externally in multiple formats. Even better, Teamwork’s pricing plans are on the more affordable end, making it a great combination of cost and functionality.
For more information, read the full Teamwork review.
Notion is a multi-purpose productivity app that combines note taking, document organization, task management and project management. While its features aren’t suitable for very complex projects — it lacks Gantt charts, for example — it’s a great choice for creative teams that have a lot of files and documents they need to manage.
Basically, Notion combines knowledge management, task management and project management into one easy-to-use tool.
For more information, read the full Notion review.
Coda is a bit different from the other platforms on this list, and it focuses on note taking and document management. It also offers some project management features, including Gantt charts and Kanban boards, so it will suffice for simple task and product management needs. But where it really shines is its documentation features, making it the perfect choice for teams that need to create and manage databases, spreadsheets and documents.
For more information, read the full Coda review.
Hive has a unique goal setting feature that lets you set and track goals and subgoals for your entire team. This keeps your entire team focused on the big picture and encourages your entire company to work together to meet your business goals. Goals can be task-based, numerical, monetary or custom depending on your needs.
It also includes project management features such as Kanban boards and Gantt charts, time tracking and team collaboration tools.
For more information, read the full Hive review.
While Zoho Projects was designed to be used in conjunction with the rest of the Zoho software stack, it also makes a compelling case for itself thanks to its great selection of features and its affordable price tag: Paid plans start at just $5 per person per month.
The software is also relatively easy to master, even if you’ve never used a Zoho product before, making it a great choice for teams looking for their first web-based project management software.
For more information, read the full Zoho Projects review.
You should be able to create tasks, set deadlines and assign them to yourself and others. Additionally, you should have the option to view all your upcoming tasks in a dashboard or another centralized place, and set up alerts and notifications when certain actions take place. Ideally, you should also be able to create subtasks and task dependencies to keep everything organized.
The best web-based project management software should provide multiple project views to choose from. The most common are calendars, Kanban boards (sometimes called card view), spreadsheets (sometimes called grid view) and timeline view (typically known as Gantt charts). Many software platforms restrict Gantt charts to a paid plan to encourage people to sign up for a subscription.
Most project software provides a vast library of hundreds of project templates to choose from. These templates are usually designed for a wide range of teams and industries, from marketing to software development to accounting and beyond. The best web-based project management software will also provide you the ability to create and save your own custom templates.
Time tracking is absolutely essential for teams that are paid hourly or need to track billable hours for clients. It can also be useful for salaried workers to see where their time is going. Many (though not all) web-based project management software platforms offer time tracking, but some restrict it to a higher tiered paid plan or require you to pay for an add-on.
Automations eliminate redundant manual work and help reduce the chances of errors. While this feature was once less common, right now most web-based project management software allows you to create and save custom automated workflows. However, some cap the number of automation actions based on which pricing tier you pay for, so it’s worth asking the sales team about this on the call.
No two web-based project management software offer exactly the same features. At the very start of your search, you and your team should identify your must-have and nice-to-have features, and use that to narrow down your options. For instance, if you specifically want open source project management software, that will significantly limit your options.
Most web-based project management software offer both a free trial and a forever free plan with restricted features. Use both of these options liberally to test the software out on your own to make sure that it can do what you actually want it to do. Demo calls with the sales team can also be helpful if you come prepared with questions ahead of time.
If you’re not totally sold on a certain web-based project management software, then choosing a month-to-month plan will let you test it out without committing to an annual contract. If you decide that you’ve found the perfect web-based project management software for your needs, then you can switch to an annual pricing plan to save some money.
We reviewed these web-based project management software based on a number of criteria, including pricing, ease of use, user interface design and the difficulty of the learning curve. We also weighed additional features such as document management, automation, project views, templates, time tracking and billing and invoicing. We evaluated these platforms by consulting user reviews and product documentation.
Business professionals often change positions to gain a better salary, more desirable benefits and new opportunities and attaining business certifications is a great step to take toward that change.
Defining a “business certification” can be difficult. To narrow the field, we reviewed general business and management credentials, customer resource management (CRM), supply chain, sales and purchasing certifications. Most of the certifications we selected are vendor-agnostic — not tied to a specific system or application — and we researched several credentials from SAP, SAS and similar companies that specialize in business applications.
The CAPM is ideal for up-and-coming project managers. You need to show proof of a high school diploma, GED or global equivalent. The single test has 150 questions, costs $225 for PMI members or $300 for nonmembers and is available through Pearson VUE. By the time you take the exam, you need to have attained 23 hours of project management education. The certification is valid for five years, and you must retake the test to maintain the credential.
PMI has other certifications aimed at the business community, such as the Project Management-related credentials: Professional (PMP), PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA), Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP), Program Management Professional (PgMP) and PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP).
If you’re interested in analyzing business needs and coming up with solutions, take a look at the CBAP by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). The CBAP is an advanced certification aimed at managers and leaders with more than five years of business analysis experience. More precisely, you need at least 7,500 hours of business analysis experience over the last decade and 900 of those hours must directly relate to four of the six BABOK Guide knowledge areas. On top of that, you need at least 35 hours of professional development credits (earned over the last four years), plus two references.
The CBAP test has 120 multiple-choice questions, based on scenarios and case studies and is available through PSI. The test costs $350 for IIBA members or $505 for nonmembers and a $145 application fee is required. To maintain the CBAP, credential holders must earn at least 60 continuing development units within three years of achieving certification.
The IIBA offers related credentials, such as the Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA), Certificate of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA), Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA-AAC) and Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA-CBDA).
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APICS is all about supply chain management. As part of its goal to develop qualified operators, supervisors and leaders, it offers the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and a few other certifications. The CSCP covers supply chain concepts and technology, plus strategies for end-to-end operations, from supplier to company to consumer.
To earn the CSCP, you need a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, at least one other approved certification and at least three years of related business experience. You also need to pass an test that costs $1,365 to $1,900, depending on your APICS membership status.
The PMP from PMI is among the most recognized and sought-after certifications for both business and IT. The requirements are stiff. Option one requires a high school diploma, associate degree or global equivalent; 60 months experience leading projects; and 35 hours of project management education. Option two is a four-year degree, 36 months leading projects and 35 hours of project management education.
You must pass a 180-question test to earn the PMP, which is available through Pearson VUE. The test costs $405 for PMI members and $575 for nonmembers. You maintain the PMP certification by earning 60 professional development units every three years.
Are you SAP savvy? SAP, a European multinational software program, stands for “systems, applications and products.” The software is used by companies around the world to manage business operations and customer relationships across several lines of business, including human resources, marketing, sales, manufacturing and supply chain. [Read our guide to marketing certifications.]
The SAP Certified Application Associate – CRM recognizes a consultant’s skills in understanding and using SAP CRM software, including how it integrates with other SAP solutions like NetWeaver. SAP recommends that candidates have a combination of experience and training before sitting for the certification exam; training courses are available if needed. The test has 80 questions and costs between $208 and $519, depending on how many attempts you want. You can take the test through the SAP Certification Hub.
If you’ve ever worked with or considered using a customer relationship management (CRM) platform, you’ve likely heard of Salesforce. From help desk and lead management to sales and customer service, Salesforce is an all-in-one CRM platform that scales with a business’ needs as it grows. The platform has become so popular since its launch in 1999 that it’s considered an industry leader and one of the best CRM solutions available.
If you’re looking to leverage the platform at an administrative level, Salesforce offers a certification program to increase your knowledge of the platform. The program requires you to take several classes and workshops before completing a proctored credential exam. The classes and test typically cost a few thousand dollars.
Salesforce suggests that anyone seeking this certification should already have a decent handle on the platform, since the certification seeks to build upon their understanding of existing features and functions. Once you complete this program, the company also offers the Advanced Administrator certification to further your knowledge of the platform.
HubSpot is a CRM platform that helps businesses handle their marketing, sales and help desk needs. While the platform covers various specialties, the HubSpot Inbound Marketing certification teaches how to use content creation, social media and other inbound marketing methods to your advantage.
This is a free certification course consisting of seven lessons, complete with 24 videos and seven quizzes, which takes almost five hours to complete.
Oracle is a leading cloud database software company that helps apply the nebulous digital concept to numerous business functions. More than 2.2 million people have earned their OCP credentials and our initial research found more than 1,000 job openings for the designation.
With numerous certification paths spanning the platform’s cloud-based and on-premises software and hardware solutions, Oracle offers free learning courses in a wide range of specialties. Once you’re ready for an exam, you must purchase a voucher at prices ranging from $95 to $245. These vouchers are good for six months, giving you enough time to hone your skills with the Oracle platform before committing to a test.
The American Purchasing Society is the membership organization behind the Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP), Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM), Certified Green Purchasing Professional (CGPP), Certified Professional in Distribution and Warehousing (CPDW) and Certified Professional Purchasing Consultant (CPPC) programs.
If your career involves the creation, use, retrieval and disposal of business records, check out the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM), Certified Records Analyst (CRA) and Certified Records Manager (CRM) programs.
On the global front, the Institute of Management Consultants offers the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) certification and NASBITE’s Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) focuses on global business management and marketing, supply chain management and trade finance. [Check out these accounting and finance certifications.]
Kim Lindros and Andrew Martins contributed to this article. Some source interviews were conducted for a previous version of this article.
In today’s competitive job market, career advancement often requires more than just experience. Employers seek professionals with specialized skills and recognized credentials that demonstrate their expertise. For those in Ahmedabad aspiring to elevate their project management careers, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a powerful tool for unlocking new career doors. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the significance of PMP certification in Ahmedabad, the available project management courses, and how PMP training can reshape your professional journey.
Understanding the PMP Certification
The PMI offers the PMP certification, a well-respected credential. It denotes that a person has the education, training, and experience to successfully manage projects. Your mastery of project management methodologies, best practices, and leadership abilities are validated by possessing a PMP certification.
PMP Certification in Ahmedabad: Why Does It Matter?
Ahmedabad, a thriving commercial and industrial center, presents a wide range of prospects for qualified project managers. Ahmedabad presents a wide range of chances for qualified project managers as it is a thriving center of industries and organizations. However, in a city with a fiercely competitive employment market like Ahmedabad, having a PMP certification can help you stand out. Here’s why it’s critical:
Project Management Courses in Ahmedabad: Your Path to PMP Certification
To embark on the journey toward PMP certification in Ahmedabad, you must undergo comprehensive project management training. Numerous institutions in Ahmedabad offer project management courses tailored to PMP test preparation. These project management courses in Ahmedabad cover the core concepts, processes, and methodologies required to excel in PMP certification.
Choosing the Right PMP Training in Ahmedabad
When selecting a PMP training in Ahmedabad, consider the following factors:
Reshaping Your Professional Journey with PMP Training
PMP Training in Ahmedabad goes beyond test preparation; it equips you with practical skills that can transform your project management approach. The following is how PMP training in Ahmedabad can reshape your professional journey:
Preparing for the PMP Certification Exam
After completing your project management course in Ahmedabad, you’ll be ready to tackle the PMP certification exam. The following are some essential tips to help you prepare:
PMP certification in Ahmedabad opens opportunities for career advancement and professional growth. By enrolling in project management courses in Ahmedabad, choosing the right PMP training, and preparing diligently for the exam, you can unlock doors to exciting new possibilities. As Ahmedabad continues to thrive as an economic hub, PMP-certified professionals are well-positioned to lead the way in project management excellence. Seize the chance to reshape your career and make a lasting impact in the dynamic world of project management.
Are you ready to take the first step toward PMP certification in Ahmedabad? Enroll in a reputable project management course today and set your career on a path of growth, success, and recognition.
INFPs tend to be empathetic, thoughtful and always thinking of others, but they can also struggle to speak up about their feelings and goals. All of these things can strongly affect their relationships with others, from friendships to romantic relationships to relationships at work.
“They will likely have a lot in common with individuals who share the same deep values and focus on the future and the big picture,” says Hackston.
Although INFPs are very open to helping others, they can have a discerning approach when it comes to revealing their emotions, notes Hackston. It can take them quite a bit of time to feel comfortable and close with someone.
“For an INFP, sincerity and profound connections hold great significance,” explains Hackston. “They seek a partner who shares their fundamental values.” While it may take them some time to trust someone enough to get close to them, once they have a romantic commitment, Hackston says they will display “unwavering loyalty, exceptional listening skills, empathy and attentiveness toward their partner’s emotions.”
They will strive to create a relationship where they support and foster their partner’s aspirations and personal growth. However, Dr. Nadkarni notes that because they tend to avoid conflict, they might focus too much on making their significant other happy and not enough on expressing themselves.
Again, it can take a while before INFPs open up in platonic relationships. “Due to their private nature, only a select few in their close circle truly comprehend their authentic self,” explains Hackston. That said, he notes that their empathy and willingness to listen to people’s issues and concerns lead to deep and personal connections. “They want people to feel comfortable and safe opening up to them,” he says.
With family, Hackston says that INFPs are good listeners and extremely caring, often offering to lend a helping hand and emotional support when needed. “As parents, they tend to be considerate, decisive and thoughtful,” he says. “Their creativity and enthusiasm can be inspiring and motivating for their children.”
The innately helpful nature of an INFP means that they are careful about the impact their decision may have on others. “They often opt for a supportive role while striving to make meaningful contributions to their communities,” Hackston says. “They hold themselves and their organizations accountable to specific values and standards.”
Even at work, it can be hard for INFPs to voice their concerns and feelings, so as Dr. Nadkarni points out, they are often more focused on keeping others happy. “INFPs put the needs of others first and would be very supportive in relationships, but are also introverted,” she says.
Hackston says that one tip for INFPs at work is to avoid taking things personally. “INFPs are likely to become stressed out by feeling underappreciated, dismissed or ignored,” he says.
INFP personality types are characterized by their desire to help and support others, make a change in the world and live life spontaneously. They don’t usually like structure and their need to avoid conflict can sometimes lead to them feeling unheard. Overall, they can make a good friend or partner once they let people into their inner circle.
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At its annual general meeting last week, the PMI elected First Actuarial's Robert Wakefield as its next president to take over from Sara Cook.
Wakefield - who had previously been one of the institute's vice-presidents - will chair the PMI's advisory council and continue to sit on its board as a non-executive director.
He says he is realistic about what he wants to achieve during his time in office - noting that as well as the role of president, the PMI has a board and advisory council as well as a chief executive, senior management and a team of people all working to achieve the institute's aims.
But he notes there are a few things he would like to see during his time in the role.
First, he praises the work the PMI has done on its new membership and qualification structure, PMI Pathways, which launched earlier this year.
The structure - set up to ensure the organisation is more aligned with a wider range of pension career aspirations - streamlines the PMI's membership grades into four levels and creates five routes to fellowship, including retirement provision, pensions admin (technical), pensions admin (practical), pensions trusteeship, and pensions benefits.
At the time of launch, the PMI said the new structure would make it easier for professionals working in different parts of the industry to obtain the fellowship level of membership - something Wakefield wholeheartedly endorses.
He says: "I really want to make sure we try and encourage as many people to reengage with some of the PMI's qualifications because, historically, some have seen them as a quite stuffy and difficult set of exams that should only be done by certain people.
"I think the vision which the PMI have shared by having these five different routes to fellowship is absolutely brilliant."
Wakefield cites the benefits of the new structure in his own area of pensions - administration - saying there are now pathways to associateship by focusing on things that are practical.
He notes it isn't uncommon to hear people in any industry say that they have completed professional qualifications which have nothing to do with their job.
"The way the PMI has designed this is very much focused on the part of pensions you actually work in."
Wakefield says he also hopes the new framework will help get more people across the industry involved with the PMI, particularly younger people, and to help build the organisation's membership.
He says: "As more and more people start to go through pathways and get to associateship and hopefully work towards fellowship, let's listen to what these people are saying. Let's ask them what it is they really want from this, what they would like to learn and things like that."
Wakefield says he also wants to continue previous president Sara Cook's work reaching out to the regions - looking at ways to build the regional work the PMI is doing and build the support for this. "It's about trying to reach out in the wider industry and across the UK," he says.
Adding to this, Wakefield says he would like to see more people getting out of their offices at home and coming along to industry seminars and conferences.
He says the industry "adapted amazingly" during Covid - increasing productivity as they didn't have to go into an office. But he said that has almost become the norm, with people increasingly shying away from attending in-person industry events.
And he says he would love to get some more in person meetings happening in the industry. He notes: "I just think you get so much more from face-to-face meetings."
As well as this, Wakefield would like PMI member voices to be better heard at governmental level.
He says: "I think it's important what our members are saying is heard and it would be good if we could get engagement with government and for them to listen to what our members are thinking and what our members are wanting."
Supporting smaller schemes
The other area that Wakefield wants to focus on is making sure the PMI is supporting small- to medium-sized schemes - noting that, while there is often a focus in the industry on the things being done by some of the biggest schemes, the majority of pension funds were much smaller.
He explains: "There are around 5,200 defined benefit pension schemes in the UK, some 4,100 of which have less than 1,000 members, many with hardly any actives... that's a lot of schemes that the trustees and the sponsoring companies really need support with. And I really want to make sure that, at the PMI, we take notice of those schemes as well."
Remembering the members
Wakefield concludes the interview by coming back to something he feels often gets forgotten when dealing with pension schemes - the members.
He says: "Ultimately whatever we do, members have to benefit from the work we do."
Wakefield concludes: "Sometimes members get a little bit forgotten… At the end of the day, we are looking after our parents, our aunties, our uncles - real people who may have very little pensions knowledge. It's important that we look after these people and all the money that's spent on this is worthwhile and not just thrown away."
Position Robert Wakefield was elected as president of the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) in July 2023. He is also head of pensions administration at First Actuarial, a firm he joined in 2016.
Previously Wakefield has worked in the world of pensions for over thirty years in various guises, having started as an actuarial student at a life office before moving into pensions, working on pension scheme valuations and investments. He soon changed direction and moved into systems programming and pensions administration - working at firms including Beaumont Robinson, Barnett Waddingham, RPMI and Mercer working with clients on administration, data review and getting the most out of their pension schemes. Wakefield worked on some of the early Pension Protection Fund (PPF) schemes, helping develop PPF assessment processes. He is a fellow of the PMI and was a vice-president of the institute from 2022. Wakefield is married with two grown up children and in his spare time he loves cycling, both as an active cyclist and as a spectator.
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Project Management Professional (PMP) is an industry-recognised certification for project managers.
Globally recognised and demanded, the PMP credential demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects.
The PMP® certification is renowned throughout the world. Part of that marketability comes from the prestige of PMI® certifications; achieving the globally recognised Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification will provide evidence of an individual’s knowledge, experience and ability to successfully manage a project.
The PMP credential recognises demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. Experienced project managers should consider this qualification to consolidate their skills and allow them to demonstrate and be recognised as capable project managers.
If you wish to take the PMP exam, PMI does require that you either hold:
You also have to apply to the Project Management Institute (PMI) before you can sit the exam. There’s a strict protocol as they have to authenticate that the above criteria has been met prior to test attendance.
At the conclusion of the course students will:
Please note, this eLearning programme will prepare you to sit the PMP examination which is organised directly with PMI at an additional cost.
Price: £460 + VAT (a 10% discount is available to members of the Institution)