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Which Project Management qualification is best?

I am looking into getting into project management, but I am unsure of which Project management qualification would be best?

My career background is in IT Support, in which i have been involved in numerous project work, and I have come across some contractual project managers who to put it politely have no idea about project management or the industry. Most of these have obtained the PRINCE2 practitioner qualification, is this accreditation the best in the industry or is it the standard within IT project management roles?

I've looking at learning the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (or CAPM) which is also an entry level qualification. However it seems far more in-depth and seems to apply to all industries across the board, rather just IT, also there is waterfall and goal directed project management, but this is mostly taught within corporations rather than training centers.

I'm so confused, on which one I should choose to be able to transfer my skills and break into IT project management.

Please can someone shed some light and constructive advice of what the IT Project management market is really looking for and what do I need to break into it, also the best way of making the transition from IT Support into IT PM or Software PM?
asked 11 years ago by Lou1979 (190 points) edited 11 years ago by MaplePM

1 Answer

I think your best bet is to go with the CAPM (see if you meet their requirements here: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/1620/what-are-the-capm-eligibility-requirements ). You really don't have any real project management experience yet to apply for either the PMP or the PRINCE2, and you need to acquaint yourself with the foundations of project management before thinking of becoming a project manager. You will learn these foundations in a simple, digestible way when you are studying for your CAPM certification.

Once you are CAPM certified, then you can start taking some formal project management roles, such as a project scheduler or a project management assistant, afterwards you can become an assistant project management and then apply for the PMP or the PRINCE2 (if you're in the UK or western Europe, then PRINCE2 is a better option, otherwise go for the PMP). Finally, you can then move to becoming a real project management (or at least a junior project manager).

Good luck with your journey, and remember, project management is a stressful career, and can drain your social life, but it's also fun!
answered 11 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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