September 28 & 29, 2020 | Virtual
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My goodness, I find it horrible that there are so many PM certificates!
This is really only the tip of the iceburg. Most colleges offer their own "brand" of PM certification -- I don't list those, and I'm sure I've not listed alll of the commercial ones.
I actually think it's a good thing! Lots of interest in PM certification and lots of money to be made / spent in the market. The 900 pound goriilla in the list, is of course, the PMI certifications.
When I get time to add "factors" to the list such as exam, credential maintenance... I bet it will look a lot different.
The statement "lots of money to be made / spent in the market" is exactly the point. It is mainly about that purpose and nothing more. Don't get me wrong, I've done well because of this trend, but am getting sick of it all. I actually was told by someone that they felt they couldn't be a project manager because they didn't have a PMP certificate. This is as absurd as saying "I can't start a business, because I don't have an MBA"! But don't get me started on clueless MBAs...
Would you consider subtractions from the 116-list if we discount those "foundation"(or equivalent) exams? They are prerequisite for the Practitioner(or equivalent) exam, but I'm not sure if you can put the certification initials next to your name if only at the Foundation level.
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Since we have risk and schedule certifications, should the list include EVM?
I should have also mentioned that we have our own internal PM certification program (Project Management Competency Development - PMCD) that is recognized by PMI.
If you really want to remove some items from the list, take off Scrum Developer. That's really a certification for the people doing the work. For comparison, I might have an accounting project, but I wouldn't include CPA in the list of project management certifications.
Similarly, I don't think I'd include the new CEC or similar high-level certifications. Coaching and Training are not project management.
On the other hand, if you want to get crazy, you can triple the number of Scrum Alliance certifications, because there's a CSPO, an A-CSPO, and a CSP-PO. This assumes that Scrum even belongs on this list. We talk about the scrum framework quite a bit, here, but there's a distinct difference between being a product owner in a scrum framework and being a project manager.
If you really wanted to go overboard, you could break down this list WBS style. The 1.0 group would be certifications that are specific to project management, like the CAPM, PMP, and PRINCE2. The 2.0 group could be items that exist on the periphery of project managment; things that PMs might get to broaden their horizons or learn new skills. This is where I'd put PMI-PBA, Six Sigma belts and Scrum certifications. The 3.0 group could be career building certifications, like PfMP.
Just a thought, I'm certainly not volunteering for all this work.
You can add to your list:
- PM² Basic Certification
- PM² Essentials Certification
- PM² Advanced Certification
- Agile PM² Certification
- PM² Trainer Certification
I've got maintenance to do! Sorry for the delays.
Right now, I'm in a cheap hotel room with noisy heater (cold outside), Odd WiFi and a teeny keyboard (a Surface). When I get home, I'll update and (...let the lightning bolts strike) attempt some sort of HIGH LEVEL grading.
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