Quick Guide: Project Management Certifications
At Whitridge, our Business and Technology Recruiters are always on the search for talented Project Managers in Boston and across the country. No matter the industry, from Financial Services to Insurance companies and beyond, our clients are looking for top project management talent to take their projects over the finish line. As a Project Manager it is important to differentiate yourself from the pack. While nothing can replace experience in the field, certifications are a great way to show your subject matter expertise and to sharpen your project management skills. Below are three certifications to consider:
Certification: CompTIA Project+
Just starting out? CompTIA offers this entry-level certification for $285. To qualify, you should have one year of experience managing or working on small to medium projects (recommended, not required - see CompTIA's website.)
Certification: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
In many cases, Agile methodology has become the gold standard for Project Managers. Project Managers that can show they are experts in managing Agile projects are highly sought after. The CSM from The Scrum Alliance includes at least 14 hours of face-to-face time with a Certified Scrum Trainer so you’ll have an interactive experience while you’re learning the Scrum framework and gaining a deep understanding of team roles, events, and artifacts. The price varies from about $995 to $1395 and candidates for the Certified ScrumMaster training should have a general understanding of Scrum and have completed the two-day CSM training (see Scrum Alliance's website.)
Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP)
The Project Management Professional certification offered by the Project Management Institute is an in-depth test that covers everything you need to prove your knowledge in managing time, cost and scope. Computer-based exams are $405 for PMI members, $555 for non-members and paper-based exams are $250 for PMI members and $400 for non-members. Candidates for the PMP need a bachelor’s degree, at least three years of project management experience, 4,500 hours leading projects, and 35 hours of project management education. There are exceptions for candidates without a bachelor’s degree (see PMI’s website.)
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This blog post was written by Danielle Larson, Talent Acquisition & Engagement Specialist
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