I've been working as a Project Manager for the last year in a Medical Software company, after being promoted from an Application Engineer role I had for four years in the same company.

As this is my first PM role, and I have just started gaining experience in this field, I asked my manager for the option to enroll in the PMP certification through the company (as was once possible). I then learned that our fairly new VP R&D doesn't feel this certification is relevant for a software company and therefore is not keen on approving this.

My question is, is there any other certification which would be relevant for projects in software companies, and would also be as "respected" and "valued" by others as I know PMP is?
I've been looking around for different certifications I can offer to my manager, but I'm not sure which is regarded as PMP is.

Appreciate the help as this is my first question here.

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    Just out of curiosity, has this VP provided an explanation why they think the PMP certification is not relevant for a software company such as yours? This seems to be related to money, not relevancy. I think they just don't want to spend the money. – Bogdan Jan 23 at 9:06
  • You might be correct, however i'm not sure as I have not asked him. From what my manager told me, the VP thinks PMP is more relevant to large projects (such as infrastructure, building, etc.) rather than Software. In general, the atmosphere is of trying to save, money so you may be right – AndresF Jan 23 at 12:22
  • This is a list-generating question, which is always off-topic here. Furthermore, which certifications will have value to your particular management team is not answerable by denizens of the Internet. – Todd A. Jacobs Jan 23 at 14:11
  • If it's for work, ask your senior management what they value. That's the only valid source of information. For your own career, I generally recommend an agile certification unless your industry is manufacturing. When it comes to certs, YMMV. – Todd A. Jacobs Jan 23 at 14:18

You might want to consider Prince 2 however that would depend on a number of factors, including any existing Project Management methods / processes already used within the company. It also doesn't articulate particularly well with most forms of agile methodologies in my opinion (others may disagree!) so if your company uses agile processes, it may not be too relevant. I suggest checking it out on-line and seeing whether it might be suitable.

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