Personally, I believe that you cannot have too much knowledge. Any diploma or certification you can get is an asset, which then you can use to monetize in your job search.
Yes, you must have a strategic plan for your career, so that these diplomas and certifications create a unique and rare offer.
This article from projectinsight.comdiscusses the importance of a certification.
Certification has always been popular for those in the field of project management. In fact, recent statistics from the Project Management Institute (PMI) show more than 482,000 project managers currently hold the popular PMP certification, with APMG International reporting 144,000 PRINCE2 examinations sat for 2012.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some the top reasons why project managers are choosing the aforementioned certifications and help you answer the question, ‘do you need a project management certification?’
A certification will improve your career, knowledge, and salary. It may not do it on the day you obtain it, but if you play your card well, with a good strategic plan for your career, you will be able to enhance your career. Also, you never know how the job market may evolve. One should never feel too comfortable! Even if today you don’t need it, you may need it in the future. And then, you will regret if you just opt you because today you are comfortable without it.
In my career, I always preferred formal training that lead to a formal diploma. Yes, there are many other ways to learn, but why not just get the best results for your money.
So yes, in project management, getting your certification is important.
PMI also offer other interesting certification, including risk management and program management. Take a look.
PMI offers a comprehensive certification program for project practitioners of all education and skill levels. Currently consisting of six credentials, the program demonstrates both your commitment to the profession and your expertise through certifying education, experience and competency. Rigorously developed by project managers, PMI certifications ensure that you and your projects excel.
Michel Dion, PMP, CPA
Founder and Developer of Project-Aria
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Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers: Achieve Better Results in a Dynamic World