So you’ve decided to pursue a certification. Congrats! That’s a big step. Now your homework begins. Take the proper steps and ask the appropriate questions when selecting your following certificate. Each certification requires a sincere commitment of time and resources. Earning one is a notable achievement. So the question remains…
How do I select the proper certification for me?
The decision goes beyond just choosing between entry-level or advanced certificates. Know that not all are alike, so proper vetting is encouraged.
Understand the value of certifications
Understanding the value of certifications before you make a selection is vital. According to the Global Knowledge 2019 IT Skills and Salary Report, 85% of IT professionals possess at least one certification. That’s a ton of competition in the industry. And the consensus is the more certifications, the better.
a) Value to individuals:
- Professional credibility—it tells co-workers and supervisors that you possess the skills needed to succeed, and you were willing to put in the time and effort to get certified.
- Personal satisfaction—have you ever felt like an expert in something? You’ll know to enter your workplace with confidence and assert yourself as a subject matter expert.
- Salary—according to several salary Report, an individual with some of the most demanded certifications are paid over $10,000 more than those without.
- Job search—certifications give you an advantage during the hiring process and help you stand out in a competitive market. Some employers won’t even consider candidates unless they possess a certain level of certification.
- Professional growth—career advancement often requires you to learn new technologies or enhance the skills you currently possess.
b) Value to organizations:
- Job essentials—with technology constantly evolving, there’s a need for all organizations to have subject matter experts on new and updated topics.
- Filling skills gaps—IT decision-makers say that skills gaps can put a strain on many departments and the best way to fill those gaps is with training. Certified employees can lead to greater productivity and increased workforce morale, as well as knowledge share across the department.
- Employee retention—job satisfaction results in greater staff retention. Employees who are fulfilled are less likely to pursue other employment.
Overview of Certifications
- Strategy Implementation Professional (SIP)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
- Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
- Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP)
- Certified Project Director (CPD)
- Certified Project Manager–IAPM
- Professional in Project Management (PPM)
- Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)
- Associate in Project Management (APM)
- Certified Project Management Practitioner (CPMP)
- Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
- Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (CSSGB)
- Project Management Certificate (PMC)