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Several REPs offer CAPM preparatory classes in conjunction with courses that are specific to project management in certain industries — information technology, construction and health care, to name a few.
Driving Value into PMI Credentials Through Strategic Planning
If you want to lead the field, you must map the course that will get you there. By setting the strategic intents for PMI’s project and program management credentials, the Certification Governance Council (CGC) ensures PMI remains the global leader for project management credentials.
“We’re guiding the ship slowly in the direction of our strategic intents, and we make course adjustments based on the demands of the market,” said CGC Chair Scott G. Fass, PMP.
Based on input from global stakeholders, the CGC and PMI’s Certification Department make decisions that are in the best interests of certification stakeholders.
“The composition of the PMP community and PMI’s membership have changed over time, and we listen to all voices,” Fass said. “Today, we are focused on meeting the demands of the global market. We perform surveys and undertake focus groups before adding credentials so we can be sure we are improving based on the needs of the global profession.”
Foremost, the CGC looks out for the best interests of PMI’s credential holders. For example, based on global research, the group recently changed the PMP credential to require project leadership skills.
“We have a strategic direction and a sound process to guide us, as opposed to changes based on small pockets of data,” Fass said. “If you hold the credential, you care about changes that occur because they will affect who will become your future credentialed peers.”
Previously known as the Certification Board Center, the CGC was created in 1998. The new name better reflected its role in working with the PMI board, which is responsible for PMI’s direction.
In 2004, the CGC was tasked with developing strategic intents for PMI’s certification program.
“If you hold a CAPM and are interested in progressing toward other credentials, you’ll want to know you’ll have choices in the future. These will help you in your career,” Fass said. “PMP [holders] are very vocal about the strength of the credential, and we are working on their behalf. If you have information you’d like to share with us, we are open to making decisions based on the needs of the global market.”
Patti Harter is the manager of career management projects for the Project Management Institute. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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