How To Gain Certification in Project Management

For project managers, earning a certification as a PMP, Project Management Professional, is a very respectable and globally recognized credential. Your advantage and marketability in the job market increases since employers see your certification as a benchmark to prove your level of professionalism and determination to attain a goal.

Large or small projects greatly benefit from the implementation of appropriate project management processes and project methodology, particularly in project planning, project development, project scheduling, project costing, time and scope management, and cost, human resource and communications management.

A PMP designation after your name tells employers that you have extensive knowledge and solid background in project management. To gain a Certification in Project Management, you must:

  • Complete the required professional education units (PDUs).
  • Agree and commit to adhere to the code of professional conduct.
  • Pass a standard Project Management Institute, PMI certification exam.
  • If you have been granted a PMP credential, you must demonstrate a continued professional commitment to project management by complying with PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements Program.

Here is a list of online certification programs, university and institute courses, and programs offered by authorized education providers:

  1. AOT or Accredited Online Training offers a Certificate IV in Project Management that provides the application of work functions handled by a project team from the concept phase through to project close-out. The course provides a working knowledge of project management processes, principles, skills and the application of tools, techniques and methods critical to project completion. AOT also offers an E Learning-Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program that assesses your knowledge in project management gained through your life experiences, previous studies or work history.  If you have mastered skills in project management, you can apply for an RPL assessment. If you are granted recognition, you no longer are required to repeat the course requirements for your acknowledge competencies.
  2. Villanova University's online certificate programs in a Master Certificate in IS/IT Project Management and a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management requires the completion of Essentials of Project Management, as a required course, plus two more course electives to earn a certificate. You have the option to take the special three-course master certificate package, plus the PMP Exam Prep course to earn critical PDUs needed.
  3. Boston University offers a PMI accredited, four-month accelerated Master's Track Certificate in Project Management. The program provides the techniques and tools needed to deliver project management solutions on time, and within budget. Courses in Program Management and Planning, Project Leadership and Communications, Project Management, and Project Risk, Continuity, and Cost Management need to be completed to earn 16 credit units.
  4. MicroTrainTM is a globally registered education provider that provides a 40-hour, 5 day PMP course based on PMI's certification requirements. The program includes courses to earn the 35 PDUs required to take the PMP exam, plus test preparation exercises and a simulated 4-hour exam. The course focuses on the 9 critical knowledge areas and the 5 PMBOK processes. 
  5. Wichita State University's Center for Management Development (CMD) provides a Professional Certificate in Project Management to qualify you to take and pass the PMI PMP Certification exam. You need to take any four courses from the core curriculum and two courses from the supporting curriculum provided.

Make sure that the PMP certification program you complete gives you the broad understanding and foundation that you can apply to all project management positions. The course you take should clearly define project methodology, the scope of project planning, project scheduling, project costing, and project development.


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