The Future of Project Management Certifications

Southern Alberta Chapter

Mike Griffiths is a consultant and trainer who help organizations improve performance through shared leadership, agility and (un)common sense. He maintains the blog LeadingAnswers.com.

Things have changed. Today, if we want to learn how to wire a switch, we are more likely to search YouTube for “how-to” videos than look it up in a thick DIY encyclopedia and read about the process. Seeing something done is easier to understand than reading about it. We are primarily visual learners and prefer “show me, don’t tell me” microlearning just in time for use. Also, since we are rarely without an internet connection these days, how much do we need to memorize now that everything is searchable?

Not Your Father’s PMP® Anymore
When considering the format of exams, it may be tempting to just keep things as they are. Viewpoints still exist along the lines of “I went through the pain of memorizing everything and sitting a four-hour exam, why should today’s candidates be let off?” However, these views are less defendable in a marketplace that is seeing lighter-weight credentials grow at much quicker rates than more rigorous ones.

As the PMI-ACP® exam reaches the 25,000 members mark, the AgilePM credential has already passed 100,000. There are likely well over 1 million Certified Scrum Master credential holders, although the number is difficult to estimate because of the fragmented nature of the marketplace (and originally, there was no requirement for an exam.)

However, beyond ease and popularity, the …

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