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My company allocates a certain amount of money per year for training. We can choose whatever course, subject, certification, etc we see fit. I have my PMP certification and have taken a handful of courses PMI offers but want to know: What would be a good course/seminar/webinar, etc to take that would help advance my career beyond a project manager?

I have been a project manager for over 7 years and would like to start building my skillset for the next level up. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Nov 26, 2019 12:16 AM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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Yes, the logical step these days seems to be an Agile certification, like the PMI-ACP.
hi,
is there any difference between PMI-ACP and Agile shift certification
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1 reply by Susan Marangos
Jan 08, 2020 3:35 PM
Susan Marangos
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Yes, CSM is easier to get as you just have to attend a two day class and take a test (therefore you don't need prior experience). PMI-ACP you have to prove 1500 hours experience along with 21 contact hours of training.

The CSM training can count for part of the PMI-ACP training and help you get the rest of the experience (if you don't already have it)

Depending on what exactly you want to do, I'd also consider a grad degree like an MBA but that's a lot of time and money
Go for Risk management. It will give you an edge !!
SaFe Agile and Disciplined Agile
To my point of view you should look at it from the retirement point of view, once you know what you will like to do before you retire and after, you will see the path clearly.
Now planning how to get there will give you what you need now.
Mind you, you want to advance your career
Nothing you haven't heard already, but certainly can add to it.
What are you interested in?
What defines the next level in your world?
Have you considered what your next 5 years may look like?

I'm sure if you fed the community information along those lines, they could provide additional insights.

Whatever you decide, good luck!
Agile is the best way to go
Just adding to all the expert options mentioned above,
If your interest is more towards process improvement, then Lean Six Sigma certifications can also be a good option.

I feel you are lucky to be a part of an organization who value the in investing in their key resource.

Good Luck
Dear Austin,

It depends on if you want to take the next level and become a program manager or a portfolio manager or if you want to want to learn different skills that would compliment your existing skills as a project manager or if you want to do something completely different from being a project manager. Normally at this time of the year people think about moving from their existing job, a sort of fresh start for the new year. As project management is a iterative and incremental learning profession make sure that you look at what courses build on your existing skill set. But before you start looking around you will need to preform a self audit on yourself that is honest and in depth. Just because you have been a project manager for seven years does not mean you have mastered all the required skill sets that it takes to become a proficient project manager. Next identify any gaps that you may have and work on these so that you become proficient across the range of skill sets. Next step is seeking more responsibility in your current role. So maybe you need to demonstrate your ability to manage many concurrent project teams in order to develop into a program manager role. Again different skill sets are required for a program manager that cant always be learned in the classroom. Also managing projects of varying degrees of complexity, time scales and resources is required and normally project value plays some role in progressing as a project manager as you will have to have demonstrated the ability to manage every increasing project values. These are just a few tips to help you on your way so good luck with the journey.

Daire
What are you passionate about. Where do you see your self apply the skills that you have acquired and with PMI knowledge as a tool. These are some thoughts to consider and to guide you on your ski set.
It depends on your nature of work. The course / certification you take should help you in day to day activities of your job and also to help you grow in organisation.
Good luck
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