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What value do you think there is for a PM to invest in a change certification - CCMP or Prosci ADKAR
I am looking for opinions on the value of PM professionals to acquire change management certifications. What is your opinion?
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I am an educaion seeker but I am not sure it will add lots of value, at least for me. Change is inevitable and part of every process and certification so that’s why change management is built in by default.
Michelle -

The combination of a reputable OCM/CM credential with a PMP is a powerful one. While the PM might not be responsible for ongoing sustainment of the change or for marshalling the initial envisioning and sponsorship for it, they are leading the most crucial steps in ensuring that the change "sticks".

The downside of this is that a prospective hiring firm might try to kill two birds with one stone by asking you to play both the PM and CM roles and on large, complex change initiatives, a dedicated CM is advisable as the PM can't be developing the change strategy and subsequent plan while also doing a full PM role.

Kiron
Like any domain knowledge, certification helps if you are going to work in that domain.
I got the Prosci training. It's filing the gap of the people side. I liked the training, and hope to find a time to get into the certification but can't find the time yet :)

Mohamed
I am a ex PM converted into a Change Manager and i am happy i did.

It definitely helps being certified in a methodology that you can follow. Personally throughout my career i have done a few and i would recommend Prosci for beginner in Change Management about to start leading smaller projects. When it comes to managing change on larger and complex transformation, prosci training is far from being enough and i would recommend Being First for the advanced practitioner. That is the most advanced and comprehensive change methodology that encompass any type of changes. They have the Change leader Roadmap course that is a great introduction to their body of work. They have also 2 great books written about that topic that could be enough information for an expert PM to find some great insights and top up their PM skills. And for the super advanced change expert, they have the 4sight 9 months training. I did all of these and these are powerful tools and great investment in your development. Good luck! You can find more infos here: https://www.beingfirst.com/
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May 24, 2021 5:22 PM
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Thank you for sharing beingfirst. Seems interesting. I found John Kotter's work very beneficial also.
Jan 27, 2019 1:31 PM
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I am a ex PM converted into a Change Manager and i am happy i did.

It definitely helps being certified in a methodology that you can follow. Personally throughout my career i have done a few and i would recommend Prosci for beginner in Change Management about to start leading smaller projects. When it comes to managing change on larger and complex transformation, prosci training is far from being enough and i would recommend Being First for the advanced practitioner. That is the most advanced and comprehensive change methodology that encompass any type of changes. They have the Change leader Roadmap course that is a great introduction to their body of work. They have also 2 great books written about that topic that could be enough information for an expert PM to find some great insights and top up their PM skills. And for the super advanced change expert, they have the 4sight 9 months training. I did all of these and these are powerful tools and great investment in your development. Good luck! You can find more infos here: https://www.beingfirst.com/
Thank you for sharing beingfirst. Seems interesting. I found John Kotter's work very beneficial also.
The value of any credential really depends on your career goals and job market - is it something that employers are looking for that will give you an edge over other candidates? Or, is it something your employer considers valuable that will bring you reward or greater opportunities to advance?

The training you get while pursuing a credential can be quite valuable, if you can apply it. For example, I became a CSM in 2007, working for a company that didn't use Scrum in a job market that did not have a high demand for CSMs, but I stayed active in forums and pursued additional training classes. 10 years later, the company I worked for was using Scrum; I was made CSM for a mobile product and was able to train and coach team members who had no previous exposure to Scrum.

I'm in a similar situation with OCM. I started studying OCM and pursuing training in 2015. I was limited in what I could apply at my employer, at the time. In 2019, I achieved PROSCI certification. At my current employer I'm not only building out PMO/PM processes, I'm also incorporating OCM processes into them. The organization, as a whole, is not ready for ADKAR, but the PMO team is ready to start bringing OCM practices into the organization and improve the success of what we deliver.

In short, there is value, but the rewards may not be immediate, and it can feel like an uphill battle, sometimes.
Possibly. Depends on your career path and interests. I feel I've got a good grounding in project management and am considering looking into programme management, change management and some BA training. I think its good to understand professions/ practices that touch our project world so we can integrate with our colleagues effectively. But, I consider my self a 'project professional' first and put those CPD needs first.
Knowing and applying methodology or framework is not all that change management is about. I'd even say that is the easy part. Navigating and managing the social-organizational/psychological aspects of change is where, in my view, project managers can expand their influence.

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