Project Management

Do I need to be certified to manage projects?

This is actually a great area of debate among many project professionals. There are many highly skilled and capable project managers who do not have any certification. In fact, many experience a very successful career without certification. That said, many organizations and hiring managers today look for certification as a litmus test for hiring or promotion.

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Expert 1:

Certification implies a fundamental understanding of project management, not necessarily expertise (most of us wouldn’t expect an engineering student fresh out of college to build a large suspension bridge). The key for success in project management is an understanding of best practice and the ability to lead people.

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Expert 2:

The most important thing is to continue growing your skills.  Many areas of IT are still really learned by apprenticeship and this is more true of project management than most other disciplines.

Certification offers two things, one trivial but practical and the other fundamental but non-flashy.  The trivial use is to satisfy people looking for a certification acronym on your resume, whether for new jobs or promotions.  If you’re a drop dead expert in PM, take the exam and show us how smart you are.  No problem, check that off your list.

The fundamental benefit is that for those who have learned the trade informally, studying for the certification (especially with a group) will give you a base of formal knowledge to grow from and a set standard tools to use when you find yourself trying to avoid or get out of sticky situations.  This can only be a benefit to your career long term.  I always encourage my staff to get the certs, in this and other areas.

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Expert 3:

The PM certification process doesn’t give you any more knowledge than you already have, and if you’ve been doing it for a while already and aren’t planning on switching jobs any time soon, then there’s no pressing reason to get the certification. That said however, the job market is to say the least, a little iffy, so it never hurts to be prepared. Remember that in big companies, resumes often go through a keyword reader before a human reads it, so just having the key phrase “PMI certification” on the resume will get you through the first hurdle. And, even if you’re not planning on switching jobs, taking the initiative to get the certification will make you look good when it comes time for handing out the raises and promotions.

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Expert 4:

The PM certification process doesn’t give you any more knowledge than you already have, and if you’ve been doing it for a while already and aren’t planning on switching jobs any time soon, then there’s no pressing reason to get the certification. That said however, the job market is to say the least, a little iffy, so it never hurts to be prepared. Remember that in big companies, resumes often go through a keyword reader before a human reads it, so just having the key phrase “PMI certification” on the resume will get you through the first hurdle. And, even if you’re not planning on switching jobs, taking the initiative to get the certification will make you look good when it comes time for handing out the raises and promotions.

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Conclusion/ My Opinion

The value of project management certifications is hotly debated among above expert. After survey we found that certifications make better project managers and whether projects staffed by certified project managers are more successful than projects without PMPs.

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