Interesting – and confirm what we have been saying for a while – PMP is good but not the best. Please read and understand your options before you jump into a certificate!
Picking the optimum project management certification to advance your career is difficult. Ed Naughton, Director General IPMI (Ireland) has published the following analysis in his “Project Management Trends” newsletter:
This of course raises the question as to which project management accreditation the recruiting company or HR manager prefers. Quite frankly, our experience is that very often there is a distinct lack of understanding by those hiring, as to the relative merits of the credentials that are most commonly considered. The below table provides a comparison of offerings from the main providers (IPMI train both PMP and IPMA certifications).
What, in a nutshell, are the distinguishing features between the three different accreditations. Some schools of thought like to summarise succinctly as follows:
- IPMA – Competence based
- PMI – Knowledge based (with a minimal ‘time served’ requirement)
- APMG – Methodology based & does not require ‘time served’ or address Behavioural skills
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