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What Are Your Project Management Certification Choices?

written by: Margi Williams • edited by: Jean Scheid • updated: 3/18/2012

There are a variety of certification courses that teaches entire methodologies for managing projects. They familiarizes the aspirant through every phase and activity required to complete a project from start to finish.

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    There are certification courses galore for project management professionals who aspire for steady and advanced career growth. But these courses each have their own advantages and disadvantages and it’s totally up to a project management professional to take the option which suits their interests the best. Having said that, you still need to opt for a project management certification course from a number of choices available and it can be sometimes difficult to choose a course of your choice. Here are few compiled courses that can get you off to a good start.

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    PM E-Business Certification

    Unlike most other courses, this certification is more based on experience and qualifications rather than on any examination. The basic requirements to become PME certified, one must possess a degree from an accredited university and more than two years of Project Management experience. The aspirant must agree to engage in continuing education each year and submit personal resume for confidential review. PME certification advantages include a gold leaf certificate, name on their web registry and the use of the CEC PME logo.

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    Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM):

    This is a 3-hour 150-question knowledge-based comprehensive examination in project management for project team members and conducted by the reputed Project Management Institute (PMI) in accordance with their third edition Guide (Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide). Applicants for the CAPM credential have to pay credential fees to PMI. It follows a particular certification cycle of five years from the date exam is passed and creates a kind of Project Management Certification Cycle.

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    PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI RMP)

    This is a course offered by PMI (Project Management Institute) for project management professionals who have an aptitude and want to specialize in project risk management. To appear for the PMI-RMP examination, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, three to five years of professional experience, 3,000 hours of work experience in project risk management and at least 30 contact hours of formal education in project risk management.

    The critical need to complete projects as per time schedules and the compulsion to stay ahead of the competition are few of the reasons why qualified risk management professionals are in demand. PMI-RMP aspirants or aspiring candidates are responsible for identifying project risks and preparing mitigation plans. Project management aspirants interested in applying for different courses in risk management should visit PMI for downloading application form and getting relevant information.

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    Advanced project management options

    The Master of Science (M.S.) in Technology Project Management (TPM) is aimed specifically to arm individuals with undergraduate degrees in technology the disciplines to work in responsible leadership positions in the technology and information based areas. To plan and manage technology-based projects should obviously be the career ambition for persons with a technical background.

    The Master of Science (M.S.) in Technology Project Management - Information Systems Security (TPM-ISS) stresses on Information Systems Security. This discipline equips technology professionals to assess the security needs of information and network systems and then to implement run and maintain of the appropriate security solutions.

    The Master of Science (M.S.) in Technology Project Management - Logistics Technology (TPM-LTE) comprises an M.S. degree in project management with special focus on Logistics Technology. This course is to prepare candidates for leadership roles primarily in areas of distribution evaluation and distribution and procurement strategies

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