Whether your IT career started on the help desk or in the server room, to keep yourself employable and advance your career, you will want to get IT project management training.
When you decide to get IT project management training, you first have to decide what type of training you need. Areas of study cover software testing, systems integration, hardware and technology deployment, and many other specialties. If you are interested in training for a specific role, you can find many places online where you can sign up for traditional classes or online courses.
You can also check with local community colleges or technical schools to see what kind of classes they offer in project management.
There other ways to get IT project management training as well. Even in the internet age, there are whole shelves full of books about project management training and some that are specific to Information Technology. See if your local library has the books you need or can get them for you.
If you think that you may want to move past IT project management, you can work towards a PMP certification. PMP stands for Project Management Professional, and it is an exacting but rewarding certification that will let employers know that you can manage any type of project, inside or outside of the IT department. Courses are available at many private companies, and, as above, there are many books and online resources that you can use when you decide to get project management training.
PMP certification requires a very specific set of skills and qualifications which lie somewhat outside the scope of this article. For more information about PMP certification, go to pmi.org.
Whether you decide to get specific IT project management training or a more general certification, you will need projects to manage within your department. Take every opportunity that you can find to run projects on your team. At first, you will probably not be trusted with a major company-wide project like an operating system rollout or a large-scale server hardware upgrade. More likely you will be tasked with small projects like developing a knowledge base or organizing a training program for a new software package.
Once you have received IT project management training, these projects will be much easier to do well, and when you do these projects well, you will be trusted for bigger projects in the future; this will take your career to the next level.