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What Is a Project Management Certification?

If you're interested in breaking into the project management profession, you may be wondering: what is a project management certification? Do I need one? If so, which one should I pursue, how difficult is it to achieve, and what can I do with it? 

If you’re new to the field or want to move into a project management position, getting a certification is a smart way to demonstrate your abilities and distinguish yourself from other candidates. If you already have informal project management experience, getting certified in project management can add depth, breadth, and value to your current skill set, helping 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

There are many different types of project management certifications, 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 is right for you, make sure you check the accreditation and pursue a program with a PMI Registered Education Provider.

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