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Top 10 project management certifications to advance your career

By Ben Madden

If you’re looking to get ahead in the world of work, then a project management certification may help you stand out. Understanding the fundamentals of project management can help you excel in a range of industries, as you’ll have the skills and knowledge to help any business execute projects in a timely and efficient manner. If you’re looking to learn more about what certifications can help you excel in the world of project management, then read on! 

Which certification is best for project management?

There is no one ‘perfect’ project management certification because each certification teaches you different job-ready skills depending on your interests and existing skillset. To help you decide which certification might work for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the project management certifications that Upskilled offers! 

1. Lean Six Sigma Specialist

If you’re looking to learn how to use the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control) process methodology, then this certification might be right for you. This Specialist Bootcamp program takes 3-5 months to complete and can help you add value to any business.

2. PMP Plus Professional

Have a Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification and want to maintain it? Earn 60+ Professional Development Units (PDUs) by completing the PMP Plus Professional course and sharpen your existing project management skills (and learn new ones).

3. PMP Certification

If you’re looking to obtain a PMP qualification, then this is the place to start. Set yourself up to ace the PMP certification course by completing this qualification and obtain the skills required to excel as a project manager. 

4. ITIL 4 Foundation Certification

The ITIL 4 Foundation Certification can help you manage IT projects. If you’re looking to complete the ITIL 4 Certification exam, as well as learn more about IT service management, then you may want to consider completing this certification.

5. Digital Project Manager

This bootcamp will help you use modern tools and techniques to manage digital projects. Many businesses are investing in digital transformation, so this course can help you become an in-demand talent going forward.

6. PRINCE2 Foundations and Practitioner Training

Interested in the PRINCE2 process? This 3–5 month course will provide the skills you need to become a PRINCE2 professional, as it sets you up to complete the PRINCE2 Foundation exam and the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam. If you’re someone that is process-driven, then the PRINCE2 methodology may suit your way of working.

7. TOGAF 9 Combined Level 1 and Level 2 Certification Training

The TOGAF 9 Combined Level 1 and Level 2 certification can help you prepare for the TOGAF 9 Certification exam. If you’re interested in learning more about architectural development principles and applying them in real-world contexts, then consider this qualification. 

8. ITIL 4 Managing Professional

Want to learn more about best practices in IT Service Management (ITSM)? This certification might be for you. The world of IT is ever-expanding, and this course will set you up for future success managing IT projects and improving the IT efforts of businesses everywhere.

9. Certificate IV in Project Management Practice

This course will help you develop both transferable and career-specific skills needed to excel as a project manager. If you have foundational project management skills and want to further expand your skillset, or you’re looking for a place to start, then this 12–18 month course can help you work towards your next career.

10. Short Course: Introduction to Project Management

Want a taste of what being a project manager entails? This short course only takes up to four months to complete and can help you decide whether a career as a project manager is right for you. Whether you continue studying to become a project manager or not after completion is up to you, but you can use the skills and knowledge taught in this short course to excel in a variety of careers.

Looking for something else? Upskilled also offers a range of online bootcamps that can help you learn a variety of transferable and job-specific skills!

How long does it take to get a PMP?

Getting a PMP certification can take anywhere between months and years, depending on which course you complete and whether you have pre-existing experience. Upskilled offers a PMP Certification course that is delivered by Simplilearn, designed to prepare you to take the PMP certification exam. You can learn more about the criteria needed to take the exam here. 

Upskilled’s PMP Certification course features six lessons that are designed to give you the skills needed to help bring projects to life, and the course includes access to resources from the Project Management Institute (PMI). You’ll also prepare for the PMP certification exam by completing eight simulated exam papers designed to prepare you for the real thing! 

What are the advantages of getting a project management certification?

If you’re looking to build a career in project management, then getting a certification is an excellent way to get ahead. A project management certification can teach you both transferable and job-specific skills that make you a valuable employee in any business. 

Some of the benefits of getting a project management certification include:
  • Knowing how to turn stakeholder vision into reality
  • Gaining the ability to collaborate and problem solve 
  • Being able to develop a sophisticated budget to help bring projects to life
  • Developing your leadership skills 
  • Learning how to balance and meet multiple and competing deadlines
Whether you’re looking to become a project manager, project coordinator or you’re just looking to expand your skillset, a project management certification is valuable further study that often takes months, not years, to complete!

Looking to learn more about how a project management certification can help you? Upskilled’s education consultants are here to help. Contact Upskilled today to talk to an expert about your next career move and visit Upskilled’s website here!

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