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Which Project Management Certification is Right for You?

In the alphabet soup of project management certifications (PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP), which one is right for you? The answer depends on your experience and which industry you want to work in.

Why Get Certified?

There are a number of reasons why project management certification can boost your career:

  • Employer demand. Project managers are needed in almost every industry, and Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is one of the top requested certifications in job postings. Millions of jobs already require project management skills, and hundreds of thousands of new project management jobs will be created each year.
  • Validated skills. A certification is usually awarded after successfully passing a comprehensive examination. These certifications demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge to perform a particular job.
  • Increased earning potential. In 2018, project managers with a PMP certification reported 25% higher salaries on average than those without a PMP certification.

If You're an Experienced Project Manager

PMP certification is the gold standard for experienced project managers. Certification demonstrates that you have the knowledge and experience to manage the entire project life cycle, from initiation and planning through execution, support, and closure.

To take the PMP exam, project managers must have experience leading and directing projects as well as meeting specific education requirements, including 35 hours of formal project management training. You can learn more about the requirements here.

We offer three PMP classes to prepare you for PMP exam success. In addition to preparing you to take the PMP exam, these classes fulfill the PMP certification requirement of 35 hours of formal project management training.

Learn Online

If you choose an online PMP exam prep classes, you can access the course materials 24/7, any time you have an internet connection. The online PMP Exam Prep class covers essential project management topics, as well as preparing you to take the PMP exam. PMP Exam Prep with Organizational Leadership also includes leadership topics such as leadership styles, handling conflict, and engaging people’s strengths.

Learn In Person

Introduction to Project Management with PMP Exam Prep teaches the essential skills of project management and provides you with training and support to take and pass the PMP exam. The next class is January 14-February 9.

If You're a New Project Manager

If you’re just starting your project management career, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification may be right for you. The CAPM provides entry-level project managers with foundational project management knowledge and skills.

To qualify for taking the CAPM certification exam, aspiring project managers must have either a degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or equivalent) and 1,500 hours of project experience; OR 23 hours of formal project management training.

Our CAPM Exam Prep class fulfills the requirement for 23 hours of project management education, in addition to preparing you to successfully pass the CAPM exam.

Other Project Management Certifications

While a PMP or CAPM certification is valuable across a wide range of industries, employers in particular industries may also value industry-specific project management certifications. For example, in software development, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification and Certified ScrumMaster are increasingly in demand.

If you are focused on a particular industry, do your research to discover which certifications are most sought-after in that industry.

The Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.