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What Can I Do With a Project Management Certification?

Pursuing a project management certification can give you the skills, knowledge and expertise to excel in virtually any field, as well as boost your resume with a stamp of approval from a reputable industry organization. But once you’ve earned those sought-after credentials, you might ask yourself, “What can I do with my project management certification?”

To answer that question, let’s first identify some of the popular project management certifications. There are eight different types offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI):

  • Project Management Professional (PMP): This is arguably the most popular and well-known of all the project management certifications.
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM): This is an entry-level certificate in the field.
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP): This credential targets more experienced program managers who routinely manage multiple, complex projects.
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP): This certificate is for portfolio managers.
  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA): PMI describes this certificate as highlighting an individual’s “ability to work effectively with stakeholders to define their business requirements, shape the output of projects and drive successful business outcomes.”
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP): This certificate is for agile project managers.
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP): This certificate spotlights a project manager’s risk-management abilities.
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP): This credential validates project-scheduling capabilities.

With any of these certifications, you have indicated to your current or prospective employer that you are highly qualified not just in project management, but also in business development and leadership.

Project management certifications validate your skills in the following areas:

  • Planning
  • Leading a team
  • Execution
  • Time management
  • Budgeting
  • Organization and documentation
  • Further, these degrees signal that you:Are highly organized
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Have an acute attention to detail coupled with the ability to see the big picture
  • Are resourceful
  • Have experience in risk management
  • Possess the ability to think critically
  • Embody a can-do attitude and the ability to inspire and motivate a team

So, if you are asking yourself, “What can I do with a project management certification?” the answer is: virtually anything! These skills apply to a wide variety of industries and positions and are highly transferable, should you wish to move from one industry to another. A few of the careers you may want to consider include:

  • Project manager (in fields such as the law, health care, corporate, government, military, nonprofit, engineering and IT)
  • Marketing manager
  • Engineering manager
  • Chief operations officer
  • Operations manager
  • Social media manager

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