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PMI – GAC
PMI – GAC accredited. The Project Management Institute (PMI®) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC) has accredited Capella’s BS-IT, MS-IT, Combined BS/MS in IT option, and MBA Project Management specializations, making Capella one of only 29 institutions worldwide to offer programs with this prestigious accreditation.
The GAC and PMI logos are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. For the full list of PMI’s legal marks, please contact the PMI legal department.
Capella University offers several degree programs that specialize in the project management field. Visit one of the links below for more information.
- BS in IT – Project Management.
- BS in Business – Project Management.
- MS in IT – Project Management.
- MBA – Project Management.
- PhD in IT – Project Management.
- PhD in OM – Project Management.
In these hard economic times people need to differentiate themselves from others who are applying for the same job position. Having a well-written resume is one way of staying in the “consideration” pile of job applicants. Also, having experience in the field is usually another criterion in an employer’s search for a new employee. Another way to stand out from the crowd of job applicants is to be certified in the profession.
There are two certifications that I would recommend for a project manager. The Certified Associate in Project Management (CaPM®) and the Project Management Professional (PMP®) both offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
The CaPM® is designed for people with a high school education and has 1,500 hours of project team experience or has had 23 hours of project management education. The hours refer to contact hours, not credit hours, meaning that one project management course taken at Capella University would satisfy this requirement. This is a good credential for those starting out in the project management discipline and should be viewed as a stepping stone to achieving the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification. This credential is active for five years and may be renewed by completing the 150 question multiple-choice exam.
The PMP® is designed for people with project management experience as a member and as a lead of a project management team. One must have a high school degree, five years of experience and 35 hours of project management education. Again, taking a couple project management courses at Capella University would satisfy the educational requirement. The five years of experience is reduced to three years if the person has obtained a bachelors degree. Again, the hours of education refer to contact hours not credit hours. This credential is active for three years and is renewable through obtaining 60 Professional Development Units (PDU) which one can obtain by attending project management conferences, chapter dinner meetings, educational courses and through volunteering.
Is it worth it? Yes. Many employers request that applicants obtain these credentials in order to be considered for a project management position. For example, when interviewing industry leaders, I asked how they felt about the value of a project management credential. Their response was overwhelmingly favorable and found that employees who had the credentials were looked upon as project management experts in their respective companies.
A more thorough explanation and handbooks of these credentials may be found here.
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