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Appendix . Formal Project Management Training and Certification

In This Appendix

  • Introducing PMP Certification

  • Getting to know the PMI

  • Knowing certification requirements

As with any other professional field, there are organizations, certifications, and career development opportunities that you should be aware of. Accountants have their CPA (Certified Professional Accountant) designation; engineers can take tests to become PEs (Professional Engineers); and project managers can look forward to obtaining their PMP (Project Management Professional) status through the Project Management Institute.

PMI supports all areas of project management, not just software project management.

Getting Up Close and Personal with the Project Management Institute

The Project Management Institute (PMI), founded in 1969, is an increasingly influential and prominent organization that focuses on enhancing and encouraging the career development of project management professionals, while offering opportunities for professional development and knowledge sharing. PMI serves as a project management resource. Membership benefits include

  • Access to project management professional publications that exhibit examples of successful project management ventures. The PMI's publications are immensely helpful in providing peer learning opportunities and mentorship.

  • Opportunities to join special interest groups and local chapters in the PMI network. You can teach others and receive information from other professionals who work in ...

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