HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE PMP AND PMI-ACP CERTIFICATIONS? WITHOUT A DOUBT, NOWADAYS THEY ARE THE MOST DEMANDED PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATIONS AT A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. IN THIS POST, WE ARE GOING TO DELVE INTO SOME OF THEIR KEYS.

Project Management Certifications


Nowadays, it is impossible to talk about project management certifications without mentioning those that for years have been the most recognised: the certifications promoted by the Project Management Institute (PMI). In this post, we try to bring you a little closer to the approach of both of them, some characteristics about their preparation, and some interesting links for more information.

PMP Certification


The most recognised certification worldwide. With over 1 million certified professionals worldwide, it is undoubtedly the best seller of certifications. It accredits both knowledge and practical experience in project management.

Recently (January 2, 2021) the exam has undergone an update, and the preparation structure including almost 50% of the questions relating to agile approaches for project management have been modified.

PMP exam content

There are currently 3 domains on which the exam is taken:

  • Domain I: People, 42% of the exam.
  • Domain II: Processes, 50% of the exam
  • Domain III: Business Environment, 8% of the exam

References for preparing for the PMP exam

Although PMI provides a list of references for further study, two essential preparation materials for success are PMI’s Project Management Guide PMBOK 6th Edition and PMI’s Agile Guide.

It is an exam with some difficulty, so it is advisable to choose good training to prepare for it, and thus try to obtain it on the first attempt.

The 7th Edition of the PMBOK Guide is expected to be published in 2021, although the exact date of publication is not yet known. However, for an extended period of time, the exam will continue to revolve around the 6th Edition.

Information on the content of the exam can be found here.

And all information about the exam, prices, etc., can be found here.

 

PMI-ACP Certification


A very interesting certification within agile management. Beyond some certifications specialised in certain management frameworks (such as Scrum), PMI-ACP covers all the different agile approaches. It is a very important and highly recognised growing certification, as it demonstrates extensive knowledge in both management approaches and practices related to value delivery, stakeholders, teams, continuous improvement, etc. It accredits both knowledge and practical experience in agile project management.

PMI-ACP exam content

Currently, there are 7 domains on which the exam is taken:

  • Domain I: Agile Principles and Mindset
  • Domain II: Value-driven Delivery
  • Domain III: Stakeholder Engagement
  • Domain IV: Team Performance
  • Domain V: Adaptive Planning
  • Domain VI: Problem Detection and Resolution
  • Domain VII: Continuous Improvement

References for preparing the PMI-ACP exam

In this case, it is necessary to have the knowledge to prepare for the exam either by using the references provided by PMI or by using a preparation method that provides all the knowledge to successfully pass the exam.

Information about the content of the exam can be found here.

And all the information about the exam, prices, etc., in this link.

Usefulness of the PMP and PMI-ACP certifications

These certifications, nowadays, represent a distinction for those who hold them for several reasons:

  • They are very complete certifications, PMP more generally covering predictive projects with a lighter complement of agile and hybrid) and PMI-ACP in the framework of agile projects, each in its field.
  • They are a proof of theoretical knowledge of predictive and agile management approaches.
  • They are recognised as having a high degree of difficulty, which makes them more prestigious.
  • They imply that the person who has obtained them has the necessary experience to qualify for them.
  • They provide a high level of knowledge of management frameworks, tools, techniques, etc…
  • Provide a common language for its connoisseurs or holders.

 Obviously, having these certifications can improve the professional opportunities of their holders, as the discipline of project management has been and will continue to be of vital importance in the coming years.

 

Author: Carlos José Conejo, CEO Kaizen – Innova (PMP and PMI-ACP certified, among others) and professor of the Máster Internacional en Construction Project Management de Zigurat.

*Informative note: By taking the Zigurat’s Global Master’s in Construction Project Management you will have the opportunity to prepare for the official PMP certification by obtaining free access to a simulator.

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