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I completed the PM course and joined PMI. What credential should I pursue next with entry-level experience?
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Unless you have at least three years of project management experience, I would suggest you focus on the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM): https://www.pmi.org/certifications/certified-associate-capm

Once you gain experience, your next step will be to go for the Project Management Professional (PMP): https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp
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1 reply by Kent A Thompson
Jun 11, 2022 8:55 AM
Kent A Thompson
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Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
Do you have an immediate objective or long-term career goal that will be furthered by a certification? CAPM is PMI's entry level certification, but I only recommend it if you need a general PM credential for your job search and you don't qualify to take the PMP exam (some companies just want A credential, not specifically the PMP).

DASM is another good place to start, and the training provides more practical information than a CAPM prep class, but it's not as well known and may not immediately boost your job search. PMI also offers several micro-credentials. They won't necessarily boost your resume, but they can provide knowledge/insight that you can start applying pretty quickly.

Try to find the right balance between experience, training, and certifications. Having all three can have the most impact on your resume/job search, but I understand the conundrum of not being able to get the experience without the qualifications. Check the job market for your local area (or area where you want to live/work) - indeed, glassdoor, etc... - and see what experience and credentials employers are looking for in the positions you're interested in. This can help you identify immediate and long-term activities to pursue to achieve your objective(s).
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1 reply by Kent A Thompson
Jun 11, 2022 8:56 AM
Kent A Thompson
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Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
I agree with Stéphane, that the best decision is to obtain CAPM certification.
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1 reply by Kent A Thompson
Jun 11, 2022 8:57 AM
Kent A Thompson
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Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
Kent

If you are new to project management, then CAPM is a good start.

RK
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1 reply by Kent A Thompson
Jun 11, 2022 8:58 AM
Kent A Thompson
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Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
CAPM would be your next target.
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1 reply by Kent A Thompson
Jun 11, 2022 8:59 AM
Kent A Thompson
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Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
Jun 06, 2022 10:48 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Unless you have at least three years of project management experience, I would suggest you focus on the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM): https://www.pmi.org/certifications/certified-associate-capm

Once you gain experience, your next step will be to go for the Project Management Professional (PMP): https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp
Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
Jun 06, 2022 11:16 AM
Replying to Aaron Porter
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Do you have an immediate objective or long-term career goal that will be furthered by a certification? CAPM is PMI's entry level certification, but I only recommend it if you need a general PM credential for your job search and you don't qualify to take the PMP exam (some companies just want A credential, not specifically the PMP).

DASM is another good place to start, and the training provides more practical information than a CAPM prep class, but it's not as well known and may not immediately boost your job search. PMI also offers several micro-credentials. They won't necessarily boost your resume, but they can provide knowledge/insight that you can start applying pretty quickly.

Try to find the right balance between experience, training, and certifications. Having all three can have the most impact on your resume/job search, but I understand the conundrum of not being able to get the experience without the qualifications. Check the job market for your local area (or area where you want to live/work) - indeed, glassdoor, etc... - and see what experience and credentials employers are looking for in the positions you're interested in. This can help you identify immediate and long-term activities to pursue to achieve your objective(s).
Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
Jun 06, 2022 3:43 PM
Replying to Verónica Elizabeth Pozo Ruiz
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I agree with Stéphane, that the best decision is to obtain CAPM certification.
Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
Jun 06, 2022 7:52 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Kent

If you are new to project management, then CAPM is a good start.

RK
Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
Jun 07, 2022 8:36 AM
Replying to Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani
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CAPM would be your next target.
Good morning,
Thank you for taking the time to reply and for your suggestion.
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