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Project Management Certifications

What is project management?
Project management is defined as the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. Project management involves the application of processes, methods, knowledge skills and experience to maximise efficiency and effectiveness during a project to achieve outlined objectives. To successfully achieve outlined objectives and goals set out at the beginning of a project, project management will draw upon a number of areas including:
  • Integration
  • Scope
  • Time
  • Cost
  • Quality
  • Procurement
  • Human resources
  • Communications
  • Risk management
  • Stakeholder management
Project Management
Project management is a fundamental part of businesses in many industries including construction, manufacturing and IT. It is estimated that there are over 25 million people worldwide who define themselves as Project Managers, with two million of these being in the UK.
Opportunities in project management
It is unlikely that you’ll initially start as a Project Manager in your career path in the industry. To develop skills and knowledge whilst gaining relevant experience, you will most likely begin in an assistant role within the project management team. As you can gain more experience and become more qualified you will be delegated more responsibilities and tasks. Other positions within the industry include:
Project Coordinator
A Project Coordinator is an entry-level position responsible for administration tasks related to the project at hand. A Project Coordinator will benefit from exposure to the work completed by a Project Manager providing an insight into the expectation and responsibilities of a Project Manager.
Project Scheduler
A Project Scheduler is responsible for running software, data entry of information supplied by the management team and the maintenance of files (updating where necessary).
Assistant Project Manager
Depending on the industry and project you’re working on, the Assistant Project Manager will not always directly shadow and assist the Project Manager. On most occasions, the Assistant Project Manager is given specific tasks to manage independently.
Project Manager
The Project Manager is responsible for managing a project independently or leading the management team, which requires delegating tasks and responsibilities to members of the team. You will be responsible for reporting to the owner of the project as well as overseeing the budget and managing the project schedule.
Senior Project Manager
In large organisations, in particular construction and engineering companies, there is usually more than one project running simultaneously. A Senior Project Manager is responsible for coordinating project managers on each project, the allocation of company resources, approving budget allowances and expenses and the priority of projects.
How to start a career in project management
There are many ways to start a career in project management with the help of a number of awarding bodies offering relevant certifications and qualifications. PRINCE2, IASSC Lean Six Sigma, and ITIL are among the many that offer project management classes online to help advance novices and the more experienced professionals to launch a career in project management.
Steps to help you become a qualified Project Manager:
If you’re looking to embark on a career as a Project Manager it is important to first get qualified. Potential professionals are able to secure qualifications in the fundaments of project management, where individuals will learn the basic understanding and essential skills to project management. It is more than likely that you will not require previous experience or any relevant GCSEs or A Levels to complete a project management qualification.
If you’d like to better understand the project management role and industry as a whole, it is recommended to gain experience in all areas involved with completing a project. There are many departments, industries, contractors and tradesmen involved with a project at different stages, spend time with each department to gain a better understanding of your role as a project manager, learn the terminology used in the industry and understand how a project is completed from the initial stages to the finishing touches.
Have you got the right key attributes? Although key attributes are not always essential when applying for a project manager position, a number of key attributes will help you become a successful project manager. For example, desired attributes include being a good communicator, effective team leader, ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines, honesty, positivity and attention to detail.
If you’re looking for a long and successful career in project management, become a specialist in a niche. Although throughout your career, you will be responsible for managing a number of the project across a range of industries, many Project Managers go on to specialise in particular areas and become an expert in that field. Initially, you might not know which field you’d like to specialise in, that’s why it’s important to take time and gain experience before choosing your specialism.
To achieve promotions and widen career opportunities, upskill your existing level of knowledge and skills. To upskill, you can complete advanced qualifications in a number of project management related diplomas and certifications.
Project management online & classroom courses
There are a number of online or classroom project management courses for individuals of all levels of abilities and competencies. Whether you’re a complete novice and are keen to embark upon a career as a Project Manager, or you’re already a professional within the industry looking to refresh your skills or demonstrate your abilities and experience with a certification, there are courses available.
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