Are PMI Certifications Required for Project Management?

Project Management Institute (PMI) offers varies certification programs for aspiring project  managers of all skill levels. The program currently has five certifications that are designed to demonstrates both your commitment to the profession and your expertise through  education, and experience. These programs have been developed by project managers to ensure the projects you handle are a success.

There is a great demand for knowledgeable project managers. Each year various industry’s spend trillions of dollar on projects. Following are some of the certifications offered to prepare you for these opportunities:

1. PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) –  demonstrates competence in assessing project risks, mitigating threats and capitalizing on opportunities.

2. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) –  entry-level certification if you’re new to project management, or still figuring out your career path.

3. Program Management Professional (PgMP) –  designed for those who manage multiple, complex projects to achieve strategic and organizational results.

4. PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) –  specialty credential for practitioners who want to focus on developing and maintaining project schedules.

5. Project Management Professional (PMP)- perfect if you have demonstrated experience and competence in leading project teams.

PMI certification is not a bad idea when trying to get a start in the world of Project Management. Project Management is a growing field and the demand for experienced project managers is growing with it as well.  However I recommend researching company’s that hire Project Management to see if PMI certification is required.  Many company’s may have their own training opportunities. Following are some of the companies that hire Project Managers:

  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Sun Microsystem
  • Qualcomm
  • Amazon.com
  • Cisco Systems
  • Apple Computers
  • Google
  • Intuit
  • Adobe
  • Ebay
  • Oracle Corporations

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