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What is Project Management Certification?

If you're interested in breaking into the project management profession, you may be wondering: what is project management certification? Do I really need one? If yes, which one should I pursue, and how difficult is it to achieve? What can I do with a project management certification? If you’re new to the field or want to move into a project management position, pursuing certification is a smart way to demonstrate your abilities and distinguish yourself from other candidates. And even if you already have informal project management experience, getting certified in project management can add depth, breadth, and value to your current skill set and help you transition into a formal project manager role. Not only that, but certified project managers are in high demand—and they make more money. Project Management Professional (PMP) certified project managers in the US earn an average of 16% more (approximately $14,500) than their non-credentialed peers.

Types of Certification

Now that you know the answer to, "What is a project management certification?" you may be wondering what your options are, and which one to pursue. There are many different types of certification, but among the most well-known are:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • PgMP (Program Management Professional)
  • PfMP (Portfolio Management Professional)
  • PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner)

Whichever certification you decide is right for you, make sure you check accreditation and pursue a program with a PMI Registered Education Provider.

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