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Project Management Associations and Certifications

August 10, 2009
Project Management Associations:
Several national and professional associations exist which have as their aim the promotion and development of project management and the project management profession. The most prominent associations are:
The Project Management Institute (PMI)
The American Academy of Project Management (AAPM)
The Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN)
The Association for Project Management (UK) (APM)
The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
The International Project Management Association (IPMA)
The Brazilian Association for Project Management (ABGP)
The International Association of Project and Program Management (IAPPM)
Certifications:
There are several Professional certifications are available for Project Management, issued by different associations around the world.
PMP (Project Management Professional), CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management). ¬タモ PMI certifications
CompTIA Project+ — (Computer Technology Industry Association)
CPM (The International Association of Project & Program Management)
IPMA (Levels of Certification: IPMA-A, IPMA-B, IPMA-C, and IPMA-D)
MPM (Master Project Manager), CIPM (Certified International Project Manager). AAPM certifications
Masters Certificate in Project Management– The George Washington University and ESI International
Certified Portfolio, Program & Project Manger (C3PM)-AACE International.
The most leading professional certification for project management is the PMI Certification. There are 3 levels of certifications in PMI,
1. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ¬タモ which is the basic level and is intended as certification for project team members
2. Project Management Professional (PMP) – It is the second, higher level of project management and considered the standard of all PM certifications. Individuals who have passed the PMP certification test successfully and have met the PMI requirements for documenting their professional experience are entitled to use the abbreviation PMP with their names.
3. Program Management Professional (PgMP) ¬タモ It is a new certification introduced by PMI in late 2007 for Program Mangers.
Eligibility Criteria:
The candidate a high school degree of equivalent.
Already performed 7,500 hours in a lead role directing tasks.
Performed tasks associated with being a Project Manger over a Period of 60 months within past 8 years.
Completed 35 hours of education specific to Project Management and aligned with PMI methodologies.
The person possessing a bachelors degree only require 4,500 hours leading and 36 months of experience
Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements for the PMP certification can apply for CAPM examination.
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