The Best Project Management Certifications

If you are considering a career as a Project Manager, be sure to check out these certifications

In the recent years Project Management crossed the IT barrier and became a role that is feasible to be found in all departments in an enterprise. Even though, Project Management is still a skill which is best developed with practical experience, Project Manager certifications are extremely popular and required for most of the job opportunities in this field.

The certifications are also a safe route approved by the industry and well know among the companies. So, if you are looking for either a career advancement or a global position, these certifications can be a differentiating factor and a great starting point.

Given the fact that there is too much information available online today and a way too many of them proclaiming themselves a ‘career transformation certification program’, we decided to put together the most worthy Project Management certifications to take your career to the next level.

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

CAPM is considered the first level of Project Management certification. If you have less than 2 years’ experience in the industry and want to expand your options, this is an opportunity. Some of the skills which you can acquire through CAPM include - tips that help make project initiation seamless, tracking and execution of projects so that they meet deadlines as well as goals, budgeting and financial management, project team management as well as risk management.

Reccomended course: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Course

Students will learn to apply project management processes acknowledged by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® to successfully plan and execute projects.


Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)

There are different tools that are part of the Project Manager routine and Scrum is one of them. The CPS exam is a way to demonstrate that you master the Scrum methodology. Mostly, this certificate can show that you are in a middle management level.

This exam also shows your commitment to lead and inspire Scrum and Agile teams. This certification requires prerequisites like 36 months’ prior work experience with the methodology in the last 5 years, a foundation course, among other things. That’s why who holds this exam are expected to be ready to lead teams.

Reccomended course: Scrum Master

This course guides & teaches Scrum practices to everyone involved in the project; clears impediments for the team; and, ensures that Scrum processes are being followed. Successful candidates will be awarded the Scrum Master Certified certification.


PRINCE2 Certification

PRINCE2 is one of the most preferred methodologies in the UK and it have been gaining more and more relevance in Europe and around the world.  Together with foundation, practitioner and professional courses, PRINCE2 certifications legitimise your hold over the methodology, Projects in Controlled Environment.

One advantage is that often PRINCE2 allows practitioners to combine other methodologies too. For example, the combination between PRINCE2 and Agile is a common delivery methodology among most of the companies. In the new version the methodology it’s also completely scalable, which means that it can suit small and large projects.

As one of the most relevant and growing Project Management certification, PRINCE2 it’s already translated into 19 different languages. Project Managers who hold this certification see an average project success rate of 67%. According to, 59% of Project Managers in the market hold a PRINCE2 qualification.

Reccomended course: PRINCE2 Agile

Introducing PRINCE2 Agile, the world’s most complete project management solution, combining the flexibility and responsiveness of agile with the clearly defined framework of PRINCE2. This course is accredited by PeopleCert & Axelos.


Project Management Professional (PMP)

You probably have heard about PMP, this certification is conferred on professionals by the PMI organisation. The PMP exam is probably one of the most prestigious certifications in the market and maybe one of the first ones to gain relevance.

Usually employers looking to hire high-profile managers will look for PMP certification as an item on their candidate's profile checklist. The PMP can also provide a significant advantage when it comes to salary and earning potential. Among survey respondents to PMI’s Earning Power Salary Survey, those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (23% higher on average) than those without the exam.

After all the extensive preparation and exam, the PMP certification testifies your in-depth knowledge in all walks of project management, be it execution based - like time, financials, scope or strategic ones like risk management and end-to-end planning as well as communication.

Reccomended course: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification Preparation

Instructed by real-world PMP® certified practitioners and includes the most current guide, plus a wide variety of learning tools and study aids, all using PMI® terminology.


Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

The Agile Certified Practitioner is also offered by the PMI and it includes different aspects of the Agile methodology, such as Kanban, Lean, Scrum, among others, which means that it will increase your versatility wherever the project you take part. This certification is ideal for organisations that are heavily invested in the Agile methodology or are looking to move into the space.

It is essential in order to achieve your PMI-ACP exam to hold about 2000 hours of general project experience, 21 hours of actual agile practical training and 1500 hours of agile project management.

Reccomended course: Introduction to Agile Project Management

In this course, students become familiar with the concepts of traditional project management and may have used the concepts to manage multiple projects. Students will use Agile project management.


Reccomended course: Agile Project Management Methodologies

This two-day course provides both the practice and the theory of planning and managing agile projects using methodologies such as scrum, XP (eXtreme Programming), and lean project management methodologies.


More Project Manager Courses

At New Horizons Ireland we run a wide range of Project Manager courses which will lead you to your certification and take your career to the next level.

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