Which Project Management Certification is Right for You?
So you’ve decided to pursue a PMI certification. Congratulations on this important decision!
But which one should you earn? Obtaining a PMI credential is not something to be taken lightly, whether this is your first one or you’re moving up to a PMP® or PgMP®, or you’re earning a specialty credential like the PMI-ACP®, PMI-SP® or PMI-RMP®.
You need to choose the credential that best fits your knowledge and experience, as well as your future career plans.
Download our Should I Pursue a Project Management Certification? brochure or read below to find out more about our six credentials and see which one will most benefit you.
You can apply for any certification that matches your qualifications, and no certification serves as a prerequisite for another. Also, you don’t need to be a PMI member to obtain a credential, but there are member discounts on application and credential maintenance costs.
- The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is a good entry-level certification if you’re new to project management, or still figuring out your career path.
- The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important globally-recognized and independently validated credential for project managers, perfect if you have demonstrated experience and competence in leading project teams.
- The Program Management Professional (PgMP)® is designed for those who manage multiple, complex projects to achieve strategic and organizational results.
- The Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)SM credential recognizes the advanced experience and skill of portfolio managers and demonstrates proven ability in the coordinated management of one or more portfolios to achieve organizational objectives.
- The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® is designed for practitioners who utilize Agile approaches to project management in their projects.
- The PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® is a specialty credential that demonstrates competence in assessing project risks, mitigating threats and capitalizing on opportunities.
- The PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® is a specialty credential for practitioners who want to focus on developing and maintaining project schedules.
- The OPM3® Professional Certification recognizes your experience with, and practical knowledge of, organization project management and project management maturity.