Top 10 Project Management Certifications

This blog will  help you choose right certification  to advance your career in field of Management. I am sharing my perspective which i gained in about a decade and by being at both side of the table.

Manwendra Singh
Manwendra Singh

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Businesses that incorporate complex, project-based systems that require teams of staff to complete are in desperate need of skilled project managers. This field is becoming increasingly relevant in a variety of businesses. Project management is clearly one of today’s fastest-growing occupations, as shown by the thousands of project manager vacancies currently listed on major job-search sites.

Here are Top 10 Project Management Certifications which can bring in credibility to your profile as Project Manager.

PMP - Project Management Professional

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the world’s leading project management certification. Now including predictive, agile and hybrid approaches, the PMP® proves project leadership experience and expertise in any way of working.

Price Range : INR 28000 -38000

Difficulty level : Moderate

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 45-60 Days 

My perspective : PMP is a well-known and famous credential in the field of management, and it is increasingly being referred to as a standard and must-have qualification in many leading organizations. Value for money, but don't do it solely to change jobs and earn a higher salary. Do the PMP to really understand it; it makes a huge difference in terms of learning application as compared to just being on a resume.

Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM)

The Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM) exam is a new certification on Agile framework by Project Management Institute (PMI).This certification is to adopt an agile mindset as well as being able to tailor and scale any agile or lean approach using the Disciplined Agile tool kit to choose your way of working (WoW).

Price Range : INR 40000 – 50000

Difficulty level : Easy

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 15-20 Days 

My perspective : Relatively new certification in the market brought in by PMI as strategic change (acquired Disciplined Agile). PMI is putting lot of efforts for adoption of this in many corporates. By doing this you will get reputation of PMI, Agile knowledge and its easy in comparison to PMP. My suggestion be the early adopter to reap real benefit.

Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)

Comprehensive training introduces leading agile and lean approaches like Scrum, Kanban, SAFe® and more that frees you from any single agile framework and opens your options. While this course provides an opportunity to certify as a DA Scrum Master, the skills learned are valuable to any team member.

Price Range : INR 30000 – 40000

Difficulty level : Easy

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 10-15 Days 

My perspective : People with 2-3 Years of experience shall go for this certification in Agile Methodology. This certification may help boost your knowledge and give weight to resume for better roles. You are getting PMI reputation and easy but good certification. One catch, its easy so competition is more.

Certified Scrum Master(CSM)

The Certified Scrum Master(CSM) course delivers an interactive and engaging learning experience from the most experienced and passionate agile trainers around the world.

Price Range : INR 18000 – 23000

Difficulty level : Very Easy

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 2 Days 

My perspective : If you want to learn agile, this credential is excellent because Scrum Alliance has a rigorous process for identifying trainers, and these trainers are excellent at helping you understand concepts. On the other hand, since it is simple and inexpensive, anybody can do it, it will not add value to your resume. Furthermore, the cost of renewal is not worth paying every two years. Scrum alliance has smartly reduced certification price but renewal cost is very high (~50% of certification cost)

Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®)

If you’re someone who is comfortable with the “business side” of projects, you are probably the right person to become a Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®).

Price Range : INR 18000 – 21000

Difficulty level : Very Easy

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 2 Days 

My perspective : This certification is extremely easy and i still think Scrum Alliance could have easily combined CSM and CSPO if they wouldn't considered certification as PRODUCT to earn money. This certification doesn't even have exam you just pay and get certification. I DON'T RECOMMEND this certification to anyone. Fun fact, realized after doing it.

SAFe® Agilist (SA)

A Certified SAFe® Agilist (SA) is a Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) enterprise leadership professional who is part of a Lean-Agile transformation.

Price Range : INR 30000 – 50000

Difficulty level : Easy

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 10-15 Days 

My perspective : SAFE certifications are very structured and supported by complete ecosystem. This is very much required in case of AGILE ADOPTION because agile is easy to understand but difficult to implement/adopt. Certification, training and consulting program availability from same governing body makes adoption very easy for organization to adapt.

Implementing SAFe®

In this certification you will learn how to lead a Lean-Agile transformation by leveraging the practices and principles of the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) to achieve Business Agility in the Digital Age.

Price Range : INR 30000 – 45000

Difficulty level : Moderate

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 10-15 Days 

My perspective : People with 2-3 Years of experience shall go for this certification in Agile Methodology. This certification may help boost your knowledge and give weight to resume for better roles. You can choose between DASM and this certification.

SAFe® Lean Portfolio Management

SAFe® Lean Portfolio Management is a two-day interactive course that includes an optional one-day “Getting Started with LPM” workshop.
In this course, attendees will gain the practical tools and techniques necessary to implement the Lean Portfolio Management functions of Strategy and Investment Funding, Agile Portfolio Operations, and Lean Governance.

Price Range : INR 45000 – 55000

Difficulty level : Moderate

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 10-15 Days 

My perspective : People with 5+ years of experience shall go for this certification in Agile Methodology. This certification is design for seniors positions in Agile Methodology.

Safe DevOps

To compete in a disruptive global market, every organization needs to deliver valuable technology solutions at the speed of business. This requires a shared DevOps mindset among all the people needed to define, build, test, deploy, and release software-driven systems—not just the engineers operating a CI/CD pipeline.

Price Range : INR 30000 – 40000

Difficulty level : Easy

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 10-15 Days 

My perspective : When we talk about AGILE we always say its mindset, DEVOPS can be considered as mindset into application. Good certification for "Developers" .

PRINCE 2

PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is for anyone who is managing projects as part of their role. This could be as part of a formal project management function or a role in which project management is an inherent part of day to day work. The purpose of the Practitioner certification is to confirm whether you have enough understanding of how to apply and tailor the method in a range of different project environments and scenarios.

Price Range : INR 35000 – 45000

Difficulty level : Easy

Duration to prepare and get Certification : ~ 10-15 Days 

My perspective : PRINCE2 is popular certification in UK/EMEA Based organization, once upon a time it was even considered as equivalent to PMP but now its left behind in terms of preference. After realizing, Axelos has launce some agile related certifications. I would suggest to go for this certification when you actually feel the need on the job.

Conclusion

Before you spend time and money on a technical credential, consider whether it is relevant to your interests, professional goals, and market trends. To get the best return on your investment, you must first know what you want and then research the different options available.

Certification makes a statement about you as a professional and provides a number of other benefits. The right credential can contribute to the Validation of your expertise, Increase your compensation, enrich knowledge, specialization and motivation.

Keep in mind, all certifications are PRODUCTS of the governing body, these governing bodies also wish to sell as many products they can, for which their Marketing team promotes their products. Don’t get fooled by flashy marketing choose the credential which is right for you and you alone.

Before choosing certification you should ask the below questions :

What is your objective?

What Do You Want to Achieve?

Who’s Paying for Your Certification?

Are You Looking to Move Up?

Which Goal is Most Important?

The Value of Industry Recognitions.

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Manwendra is known for his ability to produce outstanding deliverables that help businesses grow. A Thought leader in the field of project management and operations management, he is known for his ability to challenge the status quo, introduce new perspectives, and redefine the box rather than only thinking outside of it.