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Certification or School?
Hello,

I'm presently looking into furthering my education in Project Management. I have four years of PM experience but have never taken courses or classes to enhance my knowledge in PM. What advice would you all suggest for someone in my situation - I'm presently looking for employment but many times they require a certified PM or 5+ years of experience?

I appreciate the help!

Damian
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Hello Damian,

I will recommend PMP certification, as you already have four years of PM experience.

Check the Prerequisites

Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)
7,500 hours leading and directing projects
35 hours of project management education

OR

Four-year degree
4,500 hours leading and directing projects
35 hours of project management education


Additionally you can check below links -

http://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/project-management-pmp

PMP Handbook

http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/p...al-handbook.pdf

Exam Content Outline

http://www.pmi.org/-/media/pmi/documents/p...xam-outline.pdf

PMP Exam Guidance

http://www.pmi.org/certifications/types/pr...t-pmp/exam-prep


Good Luck!!
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:34 PM
Damian Martinez
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Thank you for your input.
Damian,

I personally do recommend that you take a PMP course and sit for the PMP exam if you qualify. If not, then you can apply for CAPM. You will extremely benefit from both.

Good Luck.
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:35 PM
Damian Martinez
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I'm presently looking to both options based on the feedback I've received.

Thank you.
i do echo both, Anupam and Rami
I will differ from my friends, No doubt getting certified got a lot of benefits. If you are meeting the criteria then getting certified is not a big deal. By getting training you can easily secure PMP certification. But you can't get whole knowledge by few hours training. Even you have been practicing project management for years but there are for sure, certain areas which you haven't explored to that extent. So I always prefer to study in details, to understand the knowledge so that it get helpful to apply it accordingly. I would recommend attend some PMP readiness training which is essential to secure required PDUs. After having training, perform fair GAP analysis and if you feel that there are really certain areas which required more detailed exploration then you must register yourself with some school/universities to study it in detail. Its all about you, whats important to you certification or better understanding of Project Management Framework.
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:35 PM
Damian Martinez
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Thank you for your input, it's greatly appreciated.
In spanish language we use two words: Conocimiento and Saber. The first one is what you get by study about a topic. The second one is the ability to apply the Conocimento in the practice. So, what you are searching for? Conocimiento or Saber. If you are searching for Saber then you have to be involved into projects no matter the activity you perform inside it. If you are searching for Conocimiento then read and understand the PMBOK or PRINCE2. If you have opprotunity to be involved in courses go ahead but if and only if those courses practical instead of theorical.
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:37 PM
Damian Martinez
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Muchas gracias por sus consejos. I'm looking into all my options and the feedback has been great!
Since you are looking for employment and have the experience, a certification will show to potential employers that you have such experience. You can go for the certification exams
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:37 PM
Damian Martinez
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Thank you for your input.
Hi Damian,

Great advice so far.

I see the two as separate. It sounds as if you are running into a gap by not having your PMP. I would absolutely you go for that, either with self study, or a prep course. The prep course will prepare you for the exam, not teach you about Project Management. Based on your described experience, you should have no problem qualifying.

Once you are a certified PMP, you can then focus your efforts on taking actual classes through a local College or University. I'm not to familiar with what types of classes are offered, but I have heard members here speak of a Masters with Project Management.

Good Luck!
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:38 PM
Damian Martinez
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Thank you for your input.
In your case PMP certification can be of advantage.
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:39 PM
Damian Martinez
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Thank you for your input. It seems PMP certification is the way to go. I'm still looking at all my options.
Hi Damian,

I recommand also you to try PMP certification. To have THE certification will give your also the project management vocabulary, and help you to work with "real" PMs :-)

Go go go !
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:40 PM
Damian Martinez
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Thank you for your input. It looks like I might take the PMP certification advice. Still looking at all options.
Considering you job search and you 5 years experience the PMP seem a clear choice from my understanding.
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1 reply by Damian Martinez
Jan 05, 2017 3:41 PM
Damian Martinez
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Agree. Thank you for your input.
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