Boost Your Career with a Project Management Certificate

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
boost your career with a Project Management Certificate

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), 97% of companies believe that project management is crucial to an organization’s success. Companies in every industry are scrambling to find qualified individuals to fill these roles. Did you know that only 56% of all project managers are certified? Learn how a project management certificate will help boost your career, no matter if you’re just starting out in the field or are a seasoned professional.

If you’re just breaking into the field

The benefits of a career in project management are so alluring that we don’t blame you for being attracted to this role. A certificate program gives you a solid foundation in PM Principles: initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and completing the project.

While a degree is not required to get an entry-level position in project management, you’ll find that most PMs have a Bachelors degree in either project management or a related field. Do you already have a degree? CCE at Assumption’s Project Management Certificate program will help fill in the gaps if you studied something else in school. You can transfer up to 4 courses into this 11 class program, allowing you to skip the basics and earn your degree faster. Our words of advice if you want to break into this field? Study hard and start volunteering for small projects at your current job to give you the experience (and interview talking points) a future employer will require.

If you’re a project manager who wants to brush up on your skills

Are you currently a project manager who wants to broaden your skill set? Taking additional courses in project management will provide you with knowledge that is transferable to any industry, from construction to IT. Employers love to see professionals with a thirst for knowledge, and earning a certificate might be the push you need to get that pay bump or promotion you’ve been coveting.

A certificate program teaches you the latest trends, perfect for those who have been in the field for a while and need an update. Some courses of interest include:

  • Business Law
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Organizational Communication
  • Leadership
  • Employee Relations Management

At CCE, you’ll learn from professors who practice what they preach. Each has ample real-world experience so you won’t be wasting your time learning textbook definitions and theories.

If you’re studying for your PMP certification

If you’re passionate about project management and want to establish your knowledge in the field, consider taking the Project Management Professional exam. A Project Management Certificate is not the same as a PMP certificate. A PMP certificate is a highly coveted nationally recognized certificate from the Project Management Institute. This program requires you to pass a 200 question exam and to have thousands of hours of project management experience.

A certificate in project management will help you prepare for this exam. Not only will you brush up on the basic principles but it will also fill the prerequisite of having 35 hours of project management education. Why spend the time and money to earn a PMP certification?

  • Higher pay: Professionals with a PMP certificate earn about 20% more on average than non-certified PMs.
  • Global credibility: Do you have your heart set on working internationally? A PMP certification is globally recognized and foreign companies are looking for candidates just like you.
  • Greater opportunities: Like many professionals, you don’t plan at staying with your current company forever. Earning a PMP certification will set you apart from the crowd and potential employers will fight trying to snatch you up.

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