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21 May 2024 | Posted by angela.tuduri

Boost your career in Project Management | Complete Guide to Certifications

In the world of project management, skills and experience are key to success.

In the world of project management, certifications have become a fundamental tool to validate skills, stand out from the competition and access better job opportunities.  

If you are looking to boost your career in Project Management, in this article we offer you a complete guide to the most relevant certifications in the industry, including their benefits, requirements and processes to obtain them.  

What are Project Management certifications?  

Project Management certifications are professional credentials that attest to a professional's knowledge, skills and experience in project management. These certifications are issued by industry-recognized organizations, such as the Project Management Institute (PMI), and serve as indicators of competence to potential employees and clients.  

“Being adaptable is very important to move well in the ever-changing world of project management. In a world where work and personal flexibility are increasingly in demand, PMP certifications give you the versatile skills you need to meet those challenges head-on.” Antonio Castro, director of La Salle-URL's Project Management programs. 

What are the benefits of obtaining a Project Management certification?  

The advantages of obtaining a Project Management certification are numerous:  

  • Improves employability: Certifications make you a more attractive professional to companies, and demonstrate your commitment to the profession and your mastery of best practices.  

  • Increases opportunities for advancement: They also position you as an expert in your field, which can open doors to positions of greater responsibility and better pay.  

  • Strengthens your skills: The process of preparing for a certification allows you to strengthen your knowledge and skills.  

  • Expand your network: Gain access to professional communities where you can connect with other industry professionals and expand your network.  

  • Gain recognition: Certifications are a symbol of prestige that positions you as a benchmark in project management. 

What Project Management certifications are there?  

The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers a wide range of certifications for different levels of experience and areas of expertise. The most popular certifications include:  

  • Project Management Professional (PMP): This is the most globally recognized certification for project managers. It requires professional experience and passing a rigorous exam.  

  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM): An entry-level certification for less experienced professionals. It requires fewer hours of experience than the PMP and a simpler exam.  

  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP): Validates skills in agile project management methodologies.  

  • Program Management Professional (PgMP): Aimed at professionals who manage complex programs.  

  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP): For professionals who manage project portfolios. 

How to obtain a Project Management certification?  

The requirements to obtain a Project Management certification vary according to the certification you wish to obtain. However, in general, the steps to follow are as follows:  

  • Meet the experience and education requirements  

  • Create an account on the PMI website.  

  • Apply for admission to the exam  

  • Prepare for the exam  

  • Pass the exam  

Related education and training  

Project Management certifications are valuable tools that can help you take your career to the next level. If you are considering obtaining a certification, at La Salle Campus Barcelona we have related programs such as the Master in Project Management that prepares you to acquire skills in project planning, control and organization.  

In addition, after graduating you will be able to access the international PMP (Project Management Professional) certification since this program has been designed supporting Project Management Institute (PMI) core values and recognizes its direct influence on business and society results, responsibility and ethics, volunteering, diversity, equity and inclusion, community and commitment. 




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