April 4, 2020

Project Management Certification: 5 Steps to Dramatically Improving Your Resume

Project management certification can help dramatically improve your resume. If you have the skills, or the desire to obtain the necessary skills, you can be PMP certified. The process is not an easy one, especially if you still need to obtain the required hours of experience. If you have considered making the first move towards project management certification, then the following five steps can help you find a starting point.

Step 1: Learn About Project Management Certification

Project management certification is commonly referred to as PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. Before attempting to add this weighty component to your resume, it is vital that you completely understand what it is. Individuals with project management certification have proven that they have significant hands on experience with managing projects. They know how to complete a project to high quality standards, within budget and on time.

Step 2: Build a Plan of Action

Everyone is starting from a different position on the PMP certification timeline. Candidates with a high school diploma and/or associates degree must have 60 months or 7,500 hours of project management experience while those with a bachelor’s degree must have 36 months or 4,500 hours of experience. If you do not yet have the experience (which must be outlined on your project management certification application), then this will be one of the first things you add to your plan of action.

Step 3: Sign Up for Online or Classroom PMP Training

Some candidates prefer to increase their chances for successful completion of the project management certification exam. The Project Management Institute (PMI), who offers the exam, also offers training courses. These courses can help you prepare. Even with experience, some individuals find testing to be difficult. Enrolling in an online or in classroom course before taking the project management certification exam can greatly increase your chances for a passing grade.

Step 4: Find an Examination Location

There are examination locations all over the world.  Most of these are done in the United States, but the exam can be taken in the United Kingdom, Australian, Korea, and other countries. To find a location, individuals can contact the Project Management Institute. A yearly exam schedule may be available. The institute also provides language aids in twelve languages, including Chinese, English, Arabic, German, French, Korean, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Step 5: Complete the Exam

After preparing, attending project management training courses and scheduling the exam, its time to show up and take it! At this point, you should be well prepared. The effort is well worth the benefits project management certification can offer your future and career.