Which project management certification should I choose?
This has been a key issue of discussion throughout the project management profession. The answer lies on the individual’s career expectations and orientation as well as company requirements. Call us to help you choose the right certificate for your career as a project manager.
Like most professional fields, project management has no lack of methodologies and standards with a mind-boggling array of acronyms – PRINCE2TM, PMI’s PMBoK®, APM’s APMBoK, IPMA’s ICB and the list goes on. Most of these standards and methodologies are based on quality management principles like Shewart’s PDCA cycle Plan -> Do-> Check -> Act. The following are the three most recognized certifications and standards in the world today with more than 450,000 certified professionals.
- International Project Management Association (IPMA) is an association of national associations. The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) is the basis for the IPMA 4 Level certification system. The standard sets forth the knowledge and experience expected from the managers of projects, programs and project portfolios. The ICB offers access to the technical, behavioral and contextual competence elements of project management. Over the last 10 years, IPMA has certified about 100,000 project managers in 45 countries over the globe.
- Prince2TM is the UK de-facto standard for project management. It was developed by the UK Office of Government Commerce and used in both the private and the public sectors. The PRINCE2TM project management method provides detailed guidance on how to set up, organise, manage, control and deliver your projects on time, within budget and to the right quality.
Project Management Institute. PMI is one of the leaders in setting project management standards. PMI’s Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) is a rigorous and generic standard that can be used to ensure different industry organizations have the basics in place. PMI has announced that as of June 2010, there are now 389,726 PMPs over the world, 11785 CAPMs, 436 PgMPs, 327 PMI-SPs and 393 Risk Management Professionals.