Daniel Minahan, MSPM, PMP, CM, CAPM, CSM
Thinking of changing careers to Project Management? Looking for a promotion on your Project Team? Or, have you decided to start taking your Project Management career seriously?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, maybe it’s time to look at entry-level Project Management certifications. Some of the certifications below are not entirely entry-level (except for the Certified Project Management Associate). Here are four to start looking into if you are interested. The chart after the descriptions is just a quick look into each side-by-side.

I did a quick look on Indeed.com to what employers were looking for, because ultimately, that is what should matter for those entering the field. I picked a random large city in the U.S., which was Boston, and only went a page deep. I also looked at the next level certification after the entry-level. Here are four certifications…remember, entry-level.

IPMA Level D: Certified Project Management Associate: 
he International Project Management Association (IPMA) – USA, or asapm, is  probably the easier path for entry-level, it seems, but IPMA does require interviews and assessments after the entry-level certification. I don’t know if that is time consuming or not, and will not inquire, just pointing out facts. The Certified Project Management Associate is like PMI's CAPM, a stepping stone to the next level. In this case, the next level is IPMA Level C: Certified Project Manager. On Indeed.com, I did not find any employers looking for the certification by name. As for the Certified Project Manager, there was only one in the top ten jobs that referenced certified project management professionals, but not specifically the Certified Project Manager from IPMA. More information about the Certified Project Management Associate can be found at ipma-usa.org.

Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM): 
CAPM is available through the Project Management Institute (pmi.org), one of the leaders in the field of Project Management certification, according to most searches on your favorite search engine, as well as rankings (see below). Brand recognition is a plus in my opinion. CAPM is the stepping stone to the Project Management Professional (PMP), regarded as the top project management certification (see below at rankings). On Indeed.com, CAPM yielded seven results specifically asking for either the CAPM or PMP. I would assume an extensive background in project management, but just shy of the PMP would be a good reason to hire a CAPM, but it is a great result for an entry-level certification. I won’t search PMP as it will yield too many results.

Project+: 
This certification is accredited by CompTIA, which is a very respected IT certification provider. Project+ is probably geared more toward IT professionals and holds similar weight to the CAPM, according to some rankings, but on Indeed.com it doesn’t show up for jobs and there is next level for this certification. More information can be found at comptia.org .

Lastly, the rankings that I could find for more entry-level certifications:

Best Project Management Certifications for 2015

The top Project Management certs to get your IT career in gear
 


Comments

10/24/2016 3:59am

I for one am in the final stages of completing my course in project management after which I was going to apply over at an office. I even got myself a dissertation papers writer working on my dissertation papers to speed things up with my undergraduate study.

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05/17/2017 10:29pm

Project Management is the process of planning and executing the work of a team to achieve certain objectives. That's indeed a good job. Anyway, may I throw a piece of advice. I believe when you are a fresh graduate, you don't need to force yourself to a high level position at first. But if you've given an opportunity, then grab it. The bottom line is you don't have to be choosy, as long as you love what you do. If you've started in a not-so-high position at first, it's alright. Just do your best and strive for a promotion. You know, as the saying goes, big things came from small beginnings.

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12/14/2016 2:50am

Indeed the International Project Management Association, is the easier path for entry-level. I took a loan in order to be able to learn this and then apply. Thanks anyways, for sharing about the best project management certificates.

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12/28/2016 5:45am

Your career starts from the day when you are able to learn on your own by using your skills, that the day when your career started. However, we should have to work hard while building our career.

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01/12/2017 2:38am

When it comes to maintaining a brand, consistency is key. However, it can become difficult to ensure that that consistency is achieved when multiple marketing pieces are used to communicate with clients. One way to evaluate where your brand is at is to conduct a brand audit.

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