More and more professionals are interested in consolidating their knowledge and in some way “formalizing” their experience and professional career by obtaining project management certifications. Many times, the problem or difficulty lies in knowing how to detect which is the most appropriate certification for each one, and there is no universal answer.
The certification to choose will depend, among other things, on the professional sector, the accumulated experience, the need, the objective to be achieved, etc.
Here are three top 3 international project management certifications:
PMP stands for Project Management Professional and refers to a certification that guarantees that a person has knowledge and experience in project management. It is issued by the Project Management Institute of Pennsylvania. The PMP certification is recognized in 125 countries and is an essential title in the current international context of high demand for business and professional competitiveness. Having it is a guarantee of knowledge and experience in any of the areas involved in project management, regardless of the organization or sector for which it is carried out. The professional who decides to prepare this certificate will learn to manage national and international projects, to design efficient business strategies and to recognize key projects for a company, thanks to the development of a global and strategic vision of the business.
The PMI ACP certification is a global certification, by which I mean that it does not focus on a single framework, but on many. On the one hand, the PMI ACP covers the Agile work philosophy, the management approaches for adaptive projects and the different frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban, XP, DSDM, etc. The content of the certification is divided into different domains and tasks. Therefore, the main difference compared to other agile certifications would be precisely this, obtaining a global vision of agility.
Like most PMI certifications, prerequisites must be met in order to be certified.
In this case:
– Overall project experience
– 2000 hours (12 months) working in project teams in the last 5 years. (If you are PMP this point is already approved)
– Experience in agile projects
– 1500 hours (8 months) working in agile project teams in the last three years.
– These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required for general project experience.
– Training in agile practices
– 21 hours of training on agile project management topics.
3. Scrum Master
If you are interested in standing out as a professional in the Agile and Scrum world, you need to learn about the Scrum Master Certification course. Initially complex and also quite confusing since there are two lines where you can get certified: Scrum Alliance and the Scrum.org. Those of us who work in the Scrum Master role must start with the basic one where the guide is described and we are given basic notions about collaborating, communicating and dynamics to prepare retrospectives.
The three project management certifications above are very important for professionals to advance their careers. Hopefully the information in this article was valuable.
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