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In Canada, I believe PMP is the most known. The other certifications are viewed as equivalent in a way but I do not think as better than PMP. In my humble opinion, PMP is the core.
even if PfMP is fitting your actual job description best i would always recommend first doing the PMP (if you could effort) cause it is kind of basis - like Rami mentioned already - of all.
The other certifications like PfMP or PgMP and also RMP and SP do all ground on PMP.
And PMP will benefit your work a lot even if you more the PfMP actually.
And i would guess that it will not hurt if you have PMP and may be also PfMP on your CV ...;)
Indeed - I guess that going for PfMP skipping PMP would be equivalent to building a skyscraper before having built a farmhouse.
It also seems that hiring companies are more and more aware of the PMP certification, which is also important to consider before taking a decision.
I would go for the PMP first, then according to you experience. The PMP requirement are simple.
PfPM and PgMP requirement are more complex to answer, if you don't required those certification it might be a good to check again the requirements
I'll go with the rest and say that PMP is a good start. As explained, it has the most recognition of all PMI certifications. I would find it suspicious if you only had PfMP. As Eduard puts it: show me you understand projects before I'll accept you know portfolios.
Richard, I agree with the importance of the PMP. It will not hurt you to earn it. But I would consider what you are actually doing now. All the time and commitment you would be spending to study for the PMP; but you really want to continue performing PfMP work. Your time might be better spent passing with the certification in your area, in this case PfMP. I have seen many people with ONLY PfMP or PgMP. Many of these individuals are actually at the Director, VP, or other Executive level. It seems PMI and those who have earned the PfMP or PgMP have sell this certification better to companies/clients.
Richard, I haven't checked the requirements since the update to the PMI requirements across the board but I do recall that the PgMP and PfMP both had a substantially higher requirement on the number of full time Project Management hours. (10,000 for Pg and 15,000 for Pf if i recall correctly).
That would probably be the first thing to check as PMI tries to make the certification path like a career path. (CAPM) - PMP - PgMP - PfMP
In my personal opinion, and while I worked a lot in creating all versions of Program and Portfolio standards, I think that PgMP and PfMP will disapear in the future as the OPM certification. BUT it is my personal opinion. That is because in my case, no matter my actual job paid both certifications fees to me, I did not make the effort to prepare for that. I am working as PgMP and PfMP from years ago so all the requisites were coverd by me. PLEASE, contact the PMI Customer Care group becuase they will help you a lot.
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