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Questions about getting actual certifications (e.g. PMP) rather than how to do the work. If you are asking about a specific certification, use that tag instead. Avoid subjective questions (e.g. will x certification help me?).

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PMP vs PRINCE2 - Why one rather than the other?

What are the reasons why a project manager should select PMP certification rather than Prince 2, or vice versa? Are they complementary or competing?
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Which Scrum certification provider is most widely recognized or accepted?

I am planning to go for Scrum Master certification, and while researching the certification providers, I could not clearly make up my mind about which one was most widely accepted. There are two ...
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Is PMP certification an appropriate career goal for someone about to start a career in project management?

Is PMP certification a requirement for a successful career in Project Management? At which point would it be appropriate for a newly starting project manager to plan to include PMP certification?
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Is Certified Scrum Master valuable?

What is the value in Certified Scrum Master certifications? I'll be quite honest in saying that I've never put a lot of thought into such certifications, but it seems like if you are interested in ...
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What's the best way to prepare for PMP Certification? [closed]

I am ready to start preparation for the PMP and wanted to get your opinion on the resources you've used (outside of the PMBOK to prepare). I am really interested in a self paced online course, and ...
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What does PMP Certification guarantee about a person?

If someone has written PMP on their resume. What can I assume that they know about project management? Would they know what is scrum, extreme programming, waterfall, etc? Would they know which ...
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Can I apply for PMP without experiences in all processes? What are the requirements for obtaining these certifications?

I am planning to apply for the PMP. However, all my project experiences were time related (event planning). I had no projects where I managed a budget. Would it be better to obtain the CAPM first, ...
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Career path in project management

I am a software engineer working in a CMMI level 5 company with around 2 years and 5 months of experience. I am fascinated towards project management and analysis, for this I want to get some ...
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How Can I Maintain My PMP Certification and Earn PDU's In an Inexpensive Manner?

If you've earned your PMP certification, you now have to maintain your credentials by participating in professional development activities. This is from the PMI Web Page on Maintaining Your ...
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Are Agile and Scrum proprietary names and methods, and who is entitled to sell them (train & certify)?

I would like to know if Agile and Scrum are proprietary names and methods, and if any company can freely use them as part of their marketing, and sell them - I am thinking mainly of consulting ...
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Is the PMP or other project management certification worth while to have?

This is a classic question whose answer would likely help a lot of people on this site. Is it worth it to get the PMP? How about other project management certifications?
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Project Management Training/Certificates [closed]

Which Project Management trainings or certificates would you recommend to take if you do not have any PM background/experience. I can see some questions for Templates, Software, etc... but I would be ...
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How does project management certification (or lack of it) affect wages?

Salary Surveys and Comparisons In an attempt to prevent a proliferation of questions about the utility of certifications, or questions about which certification improves marketability or wages the ...
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PRINCE2 certification vs. CSM certification

I'm already PMI certified PMP, and would like to appear for the CSM training. Can you suggest whether I should go for PRINCE2 certification or CSM certification? I know about the value and need of ...
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Does a PhD degree enable one to take PMP exam? [closed]

this is my first question on this board as I've stumbled over it on my internet search for my question... I'm pursuing my PhD in Biomedical Engineering, have done a several industrial internships (...
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What is the most useful and practical project management qualification for an IT professional in the UK?

I have been looking into project management qualifications on behalf of my department for junior, intermediate and senior project managers. I would like to recommend courses at these levels that will ...
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Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate

Wondering if it is a good way to shift from programming into project management by taking a project certificate like Stanford Advanced Project Management Certificate? Any ideas would be appreciated?
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PMP Experience "within the past five years"

Few years ago I looked into getting the PMP and main reason I didn't was that the "experience verification form" required that all hours listed be within the past five years. Looking at their site ...
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Does the quality of a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) training course vary from vendor to vendor?

I'm looking to take the exam and am wondering if any vendor/trainer listed through the Scrum Alliance will do or if I should be selective in who I pick. Specifically, I have the option of taking the ...
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Number of PMP, CSM and Prince2-certified PMs

What are current world-wide numbers of people who are: PMP (Project Management Professional) CSM (Certified Scrum Master) Prince2 certified
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Can the PRINCE2 and Scrum Master Certificates be claimed as Contact Hours?

My understanding is that a requirement to apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate is to accumulate 35 Contact Hours (also referred as PDUs by other sources) prior to the ...
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Does developing a software project count towards the prerequisites for PMP certification?

I work as software engineer, with a Masters in Computer Science. My question is about PMP certification. I heard that the prerequisites of PMP certification include 4500 hours of project experience. ...
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Are Certifications Important to Becoming a PM?

According to my current experiences at a somewhat large tech company certifications are not essential to becoming a PM. What evidence is out there to support the decision to either get certified as a ...
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What is the difference between ITIL and Scrum certifications?

I am considering one of the following IT Management certifications: Scrum or ITIL. Could someone explain the difference between them, and which one is more relevant for IT Managers?
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As a Project Manager how do I evaluate a Six Sigma certification course?

As a Project Manager seeking professional accreditation in Lean Six Sigma, what factors should I consider when evaluating institutions, trainers and certifications? On top of a list of things to look ...
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When a new standard is about to be released for a PM certification, should I take the current version or wait for the next?

From a project management perspective, Which is more advisable? To go for a certification right away (currently, the PMP with PMBOK n-1) To Wait for the rollout of the next standard (like PMBOK n [...
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Is there a difference between the PMP and the CAPM in terms of what to study?

I have seen that many websites claim that they have brain dumps for CAPM like they said they have for CISCO, Java and Microsoft. I am strictly saying that I am not going to use those dumps and nor I ...
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Is there a significant difference between PSM 1 and PSM 2

Scrum.org offers two Professional Scrum Master certifications, PSM 1 and PSM 2 (also PSM 3 which I'm not concerned with here). Both appear to have the same syllabus, and test knowledge of the same ...
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Can organizational trainings (Classroom and Web-based) be considered for Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) of PMP?

Can organizational trainings on Project Management (Classroom and Web-based) be considered for Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) of PMP? For example I recently attended a few trainings on ...
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I want to transition into Project Management from a very different career

Recently, I qualified as a solicitor (that's "lawyer" for Americans), and decided I would much sooner set myself on fire than continue in that role. I have a law degree, but I have always been maths/...
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I don't understand or like agile; should I become a certified Scrum Master?

I've a developer. I've always felt very negatively towards the concept of agile, especially during product development before a launch. I've worked in a number of agile teams and I've never really ...
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Scrum certification for Release manager managing agile releases

I have a query on Agile certification - which one is best for me or would none be best? Basically I'm into release management, driving the day to day activities of a software release from end-to-end. ...
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Prince2 course in 3 days? [closed]

I've been looking to get myself certified for Prince2. I already have a PMP, but was wondering if I should do Six Sigma or Prince2. A friend of mine recommended this company called "Firebrand Training"...
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How many certified project managers in the world?

ISTR that it is estimated that there are over 1 million project managers with the PRINCE2 certification, but can someone point me to an accurate reference for this and/or any other certifications such ...
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Are there any Project Mangement Training classes that include the PMP certification? [closed]

I know there are multiple training classes for PMP but I am looking for classes that have the certification included in the training. Or if not, a voucher for the PMP certification.
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How do I know if I have enough experience for a PM job, or whether I need PMP certification first?

I hope to find guidance on how to begin a career in Project Management and what I need to do in order to get started. I recently graduated from college with 2 years of theoretical experience with ...
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How difficult is the Professional Scrum Master I (Fundamental) Assessment?

I have been considering taking the Professional Scrum Master I (Fundamental) Assessment? I am considering paying the $100 and taking the assessment without attending a course. scrum.org Suggests that:...
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Is one required to be in a project management job to be eligible for PMP certification?

I would like to know if a person has to be currently working as a project manager when applying for PMP certification.
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I am a Product Manager with 6+ years in Product Management; am I eligible for PMP certification?

I have been full time product manager for last 6 years, with total of 9 years of industry experience. I could not find good software project/product nanager certifications which are accepted globally, ...
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Would having the CAPM help me get a job at an Aerospace and Defense company? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is PMP certification an appropriate career goal for someone about to start a career in project management? Is a PMI certification like the CAPM (for people having experience ...
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Is Comptia's Project+ certification respected/respectable?

What do people think of this certification? Is it something to advertise if you have it?
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Value of an ITIL certification for a developer

I am having a hard time finding information on this, as most people looking at this cert are not developers. I have an opportunity to get the cert for free with paid classroom time. What, if any, ...
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Is it a risk to be sitting for a latest version of a certification (like PMP) after going through classes using the previous syllabus?

I've gone though the classroom training for PMP using PMBOK4 syllabus however since the exam now will be based on PMBOK5, is there a chance that I might be risking the exam with only my references ...
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Is getting a Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute worth it? [closed]

I'm being tempted to take the Scrum Master Accredited Certification at Scrum Institute. Initially, I was planning to get PRINCE2 certification but then got an advice by a fellow PM that I should get ...
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Best Project Management certification for international career [closed]

I am newbie to project management. I am looking for a certification to pursue an international project management career in Europe. Any advice?
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Green as grass: PRINCE2 or Agile? [closed]

Post completing a Psychology degree I've found myself in a health-tech startup acting as Research and Development Manager. As there's only three of us in the team, we have hybrid roles and as a result ...
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What to know about PMD Pro vs PMP

I am currently wondering about the differences between PMP and PMD Pro and what are the pros and cons of both certifications. If you can you help me here, then do it.
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Is change management certification valuable? [closed]

Along the same lines as this question on PM certification, I'm trying to work out the value of change management certification. Note that here I'm talking about managing and gaining acceptance for ...
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What are the pros & cons of taking a PMP practice exam as a "pre-assessment?"

I'm pursuing my PMP certification, and while I have many years of PM experience, I have only just started my 35 contact hours of training for the PMP. At the beginning of that course, the instructor ...
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PMP certification without having served in a management position

I am looking to get certified in project management , however in my 20 year job history I have never held a "Manager" title. I have served in an "software developer" , "system analyst" and "...
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