Which PMI Certification is Right for You?

If your job includes program management, agile project management, risk management, or scheduling, there may be a PMI certification that’s right for you. Even if you already have your PMP or PgMP, the follow-up certifications may help you boost your career and become a more valuable team member. Plus, according to the PMI Project Management Salary Survey – Seventh Edition, adding PMI certifications can lead to an increased salary for project managers.

So which certification will you need?

Certification: Ideal if you:
CAPM® — Certified Associate in Project Management
  • Have less than two years of project management experience
  • Are part of a project team and able to provide subject matter expertise
PMP® — Project Management Professional
  • Are responsible for all aspects of a project
  • Lead and direct teams
  • Can apply methodology to projects
PgMP® — Program Management Professional
  • Maintain communication with stakeholders at multiple levels
  • Manage complex programs
  • Have advanced skills in finance, leadership, communication, etc.
PMI-ACPSM — PMI Agile Certified Practitioner
  • Work on agile practicing project teams
  • Are proficient with agile techniques
PMI-RMP® — PMI Risk Management Professional
  • Demonstrate project risk management skills
  • Assess and identify project risks
  • Prepare mitigation plans
PMI-SP® — PMI Scheduling Professional
  • Demonstrate project scheduling skills
  • Create and maintain the project schedule
  • Communicate status updates on the project schedule

For more information on which certification is right for you, the education and hour requirements, and how to apply, you can download PMI’s Project Management Certification brochure for a complete overview.

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