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Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?

 
#1 Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?
11/04/2008 22:25

Phones4U

Hi,

I am a consultnat with 8 yrs experience, an MBA and also have some basic level PM exposure.

I want to do add some project Mgmnt cert to my CV. Which ones are woth doing and have best recognition in UK:

APM, Prince II, PMI ???

Are these kind certs worth the money and effort for an experienced consultant?

Thanks

Phones4U

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#2 RE: Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?
12/04/2008 02:25

Joe Bloggs to Phones4U (#1)

As mentioned previously on the forum, Prince2 is pretty much king in the UK especially within the public sector. Training is widely available throughout the UK, if you have recent exposure then you may be able to pass the exams by purchasing the authorised books. I have found the practitioner qualification to be of great value.

I am not so sure about PMI, but from what I can gleam it has more global coverage and recognition.

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#3 RE: Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?
14/04/2008 13:32

prince among thieves to Joe Bloggs (#2)

hey phones,

i´d choose PMI for global cv and prince if you are related to gov and the uk/us because it´s best known and preferred in these regions.

APM I don´t know reputation etc.

Go 4 pmi.

pat

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#4 RE: Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?
14/04/2008 20:32

proj mgr to prince among thieves (#3)

Go with PMI if you can...you have to submit evidence that you covered 4,500 hrs of proj mgmt though in different process areas, with Prince 2 you buy the material, read/learn and sit/pass the exam to get a certificate.

Prince 2 is a lifecycle/framework (good to know) and PMI is a set of best practices (better to have - 4hrs of multiple choice questions though)

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#5 RE: Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?
15/04/2008 08:08

proj to proj mgr (#4)

If you understand projects you can get PRINCE 2 with very little effort and limited financial outlay. You don't need to go on one of these fancy courses, just read the book!

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#6 RE: Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?
15/04/2008 11:29

project manager to proj (#5)

Any suggestions on what book to read to pass the course and where to get it from?

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#7 RE: Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?
15/04/2008 15:35

bob to project manager (#6)

material is all on

http://www.prince2.org.uk/Publications/PRINCE2Books.asp

there are two exams

the first (foundation) is multi choice and you can pass by just looking at the example papers

the second (practitioner) is much harder and not as easy to pass without some training

having PM experience will help (a bit) but the difficulty is getting used to the language used - its not like in real life!

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#8 RE: Proj. Mgmnt Certs, Worth it?
15/04/2008 20:26

anon to bob (#7)

Just curious, what types of positions value a cert like the PMP?

Is the PMP aimed more towards IT and operational consulting? I suppose strategy consulting would be different, correct?

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