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Why project certifications matter?

Does it really matter for project manager to have certifications? From what I've seen on job websites, it looks like it is. I don't really understand this, a certification does not mean that someone is really a project manager.

Any thoughts on why project certifications really matter?
asked 12 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

A certification definitely does not make project managers, however, certifications do matter nowadays.

Certifications are becoming a requirement in a lot of job postings for project managers for the following reasons:

- HR people usually like to ask for a certification in the job ad, they do the job ad, and they get the manager's approval (who usually is OK with that certification requirement)
- Managers with little or no experience in project management think that a certification in project management is similar to a civil engineering degree for a civil engineer. They just assume that a certification = an educated project manager.
- Some managers that are even aware that the PMP or PRINCE2 certification is not everything, still ask for a certification, because they want to weed out the weak (from their perspective) potential candidates.

Some companies do the right thing, by looking at the accomplishments of the project manager instead of looking at his formal project management education. What really matters is if the project manager has a proven track record of getting the job done. That's my opinion anyway, but again, most companies don't live by it.
answered 11 years ago by humblepm (17,390 points)

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