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The best certification for project management is PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP). It's the most recognized across multiple industries and will open career opportunities for you.
If you don't yet have the experience to take the PMP exam, consider the CAPM.
If you've worked with a good project manager, consider reaching out to that person to be a mentor.
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What is the development approach in projects where you have been integrated?
Which certification to choose should depend on
If the project development approach is predictive, the best certification is PMP or CAPM (Depending on the number of years you are working)
If you are transitioning, then I suggest you concentrate on gaining experience in the field first before diving into certifications. Aim at finding a project coordinator role as that will expose you to all aspects of project management in a project environment.
Meanwhile, if you want to pursue a certification, you can start with the CAPM, it is a knowledge based certification.
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Before you can think amount applying for PMI credentials you need to have built up the necessary prior project management experience hours and previous learning. I would set about seeing how your existing technical skills translate into the project management office. You could first start as a Subject Matter Expert and once you understand how a specific project methodology operates you could transition into a more front and centre role such as project coordinator and then project manager. This process will allow you to gain the necessary hours experience and leverage your existing skill set, knowledge and experience. Next go about looking at the various PMI credentials and see what one best fits you were you are at at that moment.
The term "best" has to be "translated" into something objective. The point is not the certification, is the way you decide to follow to perform project management: PMI, GPM, IPMA, or a method related like PRINCE2. In my case I took this type of decisions based on my own estimation of future market demands and the value (form example Scrum related certifications could have market demand but it has no value for me). So, if you will follow the PMI way then my recommendation is going for PMP and PMI-BA certifications. Just in case you decide that take a closer look to all related information about the certification, like handbook, content outline, etc.
I would go on strengthening your training (either paid or free resources) and gaining experience being a PM first rather than just going for a certification.
When you have the required hours for any of certification, everything should be more clear in your mind...
Before deciding which Certificate to choose and study. I believe you should get more experience on the managerial level of Project Management. For starters, working as an Associate Project Manager, or Project Coordinator. Gain the required level of years to enter a Certification. It's best for you to read about the requirements of PMP, CAMP, or other PM Certificates in terms of educational training hours needed and experience of non-overlapping project you'll be working on. In order to have a plan for the 'what certificate to choose?', 'when to apply for it?', and 'how long it's gonna take to study for it?'
What certificate depends on your experience, and background. If you already have the agile experience along with the project experience I'd say a PMI-ACP would be a good bet, especially if you don't qualify for the PMP (which is still the gold standard).
If you can get someone else to pay for it - I'd look into some of the Scrum Alliance certifications (Certified Scrum Master etc) as they're good for people with tech backgrounds to move into PM type work and you don't need pre-reqs to take the classes. Downside is they're like $1200 a pop.
I actually came from clinical reseach and I'm moving into more agile approaches as I get more involved in software and new tech solutions for clinical research. PMP and some kind of agile/scrum experience are what I see for most job postings in my area (along with relevant experience and education)
See if your local PMI Chapter has a mentoring program. If they do, join the program and then work with a local mentor to understand the market where you live and which certification(s) make the most sense for what you want to do.
Also, see if your local chapter has any specialized groups that might apply to you. (Ie. New Jersey Chapter has several specialized groups)
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