Oh, don’t you have a PM certificate?!

by Nader K. Rad, 2018-02-08

Project Management Certificates

Are you planning on getting a PM Certificate but has a lot of questions and hesitations? You are not alone.

I used to be against certifications until 7 years ago. The main reasons were that:

But I gave up! You know why? Because I was tired of people who used to look down on me, because they were certified, and I wasn’t. I was tiered of trying to convince people about the right approach in the PMBOK® Guide, which I knew inside out, and being under estimated and rejected just because I was not certified.

So, I changed my opinion, worked my way in getting a PM Certificate. I couldn’t believe how well it worked for me. You’re still the same person, but people respect you more.

I usually recommend certification for two reasons:

Yes, certification programs are not perfect. There are many people who get certified without learning enough, and forget what they have learned in a few months. But it doesn’t mean you should ignore this opportunity.

My usual suggestion for getting a PM Certificate is this sequence for the beginning: PRINCE2® Foundation, PRINCE2® Practitioner, PMP®, MoP® Foundation

If you’re involved in IT projects, Agile certificates such as PSM, ASF, AgilePM®, and PMI-ACP® are also important.

What I told you was my honest opinion; however, there’s a conflict of interest here: I earn a living because people want to get certified. I thought you should know it ;)

Note: I’ve learned it from the PMI® Code of Conduct, that when there’s a conflict of interest, you should let the stakeholders know about it. Isn’t it a good idea to respect this rule? I would have never read the Code of Conduct if it wasn’t for my PMP exam.


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