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Project Management (and similar) certifications
I was curious about the different certifications that exist in the world for Project Management and similar professions. Can you add or subtract to this?

1. PMP (Project Management Institute)
2. APMC (International Institute for Learning)
3. MPM (American Academy of Project Managers)
4. CPM (Intl. Association of Project & Program Mgmt.)
5. PRINCE2 Foundation (PRINCE2)
6. PRINCE2 Practitioner (PRINCE2)
7. MAPM (Association for Project Management (UK))
8. FAPM (Association for Project Management (UK))
9. Masters in Project Management from:
10. Certificate in Project Management from:
11. Certified Scrum Master (The Scrum Alliance)
12. Certified Scrum Product Owner (The Scrum Alliance)
13. Certified Scrum Developer (The Scrum Alliance)
14. Certified Scrum Professional (The Scrum Alliance)
15. Certified Projects Director (International Project Management Association)
16. Certified Senior Project Manager (International Project Management Association)
17. Certified Project Manager (International Project Management Association)
18. Certified Project Management Associate (International Project Management Association)
19. Change Management Foundation (APMG-UK)
20. Change Management Practitioner (APMG-UK)
21. M_O_R Foundation (APMG-UK)
22. M_O_R Practitioner (APMG-UK)
23. MSP Foundation (APMG-UK)
24. MSP Practitioner (APMG-UK)
25. MSP Advanced Practitioner (APMG-UK)
26. P3O Foundation (APMG-UK)
27. EVP (AACE International)
28. PSP (AACE International)
29. CISSP ((ISC)2)
30. MCITP (Microsoft)
31. MCTS (Microsoft)
32. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) (Microsoft)
33. Microsoft Specialist (MS) (Microsoft)
34. Quality Engineer Certification (The American Society for Quality)
35. New Product Development Professional (The Product Development and Management Association)
36. RegPM CPPM (Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
37. AgilePM (APMG-International)
38. Managing Benefits Practitioner (APMG-International)
39. Managing Benefits Foundation (APMG-International)
40. Professional Scrum Master (PSM) (
41. Professional Scrum Developer I (PSD I) (
42. Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) (
43. Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II) (
44. Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS) (
45. Stanford Certified Project Manager (SCPM) (Stanford University)
46. PRINCE2 Agile (PRINCE2)
47. Scrum Master Cerified (SMC) (SCRUMstudy)
48. Scrum Developer Certified (SDC) (SCRUMstudy)
49. Agile Expert Certified (AEC) (SCRUMstudy)
50. Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC) (SCRUMstudy)
51. Expert Scrum Master Certified (ESMC) (SCRUMstudy)
52. Certified Green Project Manager (GPM) (GPM Global)
53. Certified Green Project Manager Level b (GPM-b) (GPM Global)
54. Certified Green Project Manager Level m (GPM-m) (GPM Global)
55. Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) (Association of Change Management Professionals)
56. ITIL Foundation Level (Axelos)
57. ITIL Intermediate Level (Axelos)
58. ITIL Expert Level (Axelos)
59. ITIL Master Level (Axelos)
60. P3O Practitioner (Axelos)
61. PRINCE2 Agile (Axelos)
62. SAFe 4.0 SAFe Program Consultant (SPC4) (Scaled Agile)
63. SAFe 4.0 SA Certification (Scaled Agile)
64. SAFe 4.0 SASM Certification (Scaled Agile)
65. SAFe 4.0 SP Certification (Scaled Agile)
66. SAFe 4.0 PMPO Certification (Scaled Agile)
67. Entry Certificate in Business Analysis (ECBA) (IIBA)
68. Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (IIBA)
69. Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) (IIBA)
70. Certified Business Analysis Thought Leader (CBATL) (IIBA)
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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...
1 reply by Thomas Walenta
Feb 05, 2020 6:36 PM
Thomas Walenta
agree with MBA, it is not a professional certificate!

But think about other professions like doctors, lawyers, that are also licensed, project management should become one of these eventually, and in UK it is thru the ChPP.
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.
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.
Dear David
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.
2 replies by Rami Kaibni and Stéphane Parent
Nov 25, 2019 8:02 PM
Stéphane Parent
You can get decent Bluetooth travel keyboards. I never leave home without mine when travelling with my Surface. (It folds neatly in two.)
Nov 25, 2019 8:03 PM
Rami Kaibni

Stay warm and safe :-)

I worked with Heather in the past period on updating the list of certifications on - Take a look at the list again.

Besides that,, there is:

Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO III)

There is also an organization called International Organization of project Managers (IAPM) and they provide various certifications. I am a certified trainer with them. Take a ook at their website.

Off the top of my head there is also Lean Six Sigma (All Belts).

Certifications are endless these days :D
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