The Best Project Management Certifications

If you are considering a career as a Project Manager, be sure to check out these certifications

In the recent years Project Management crossed the IT barrier and became a role that is feasible to be found in all departments in an enterprise. Even though, Project Management is still a skill which is best developed with practical experience, Project Manager certifications are extremely popular and required for most of the job opportunities in this field.

The certifications are also a safe route approved by the industry and well know among the companies. So, if you are looking for either a career advancement or a global position, these certifications can be a differentiating factor and a great starting point.

Given the fact that there is too much information available online today and a way too many of them proclaiming themselves a ‘career transformation certification program’, we decided to put together the most worthy Project Management certifications to take your career to the next level.

Introductory Courses

Project Management Fundamentals

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • identify the key processes and requirements of project management.
  • initiate a project.
  • plan for time and cost.
  • plan for project risks, communication, and change control.
  • manage a project.
  • execute the project closeout phase.
1 day course Normally runs 14:00 to 22:00 GMT Live Online Can be run in person. Contact us for details.

Project Management Essentials

In this course, you will apply recognized practices of project management to manage a project from start to finish.

You will:

  • Identify the basic concepts of project management.
  • Launch a project.
  • Estimate project work.
  • Create a project schedule.
  • Plan project costs.
  • Plan for project risks.
  • Plan for project quality and compliance.
  • Manage human and physical resources for the project.
  • Manage project procurements.
  • Plan for change management and monitor the project scope.
  • Monitor and optimize project schedule and cost.
  • Monitor the quality of the project work and the risks involved.
  • Plan communication strategies and manage stakeholder relationships.
  • Close a project.
3 day course Normally runs 14:00 to 22:00 GMT Live Online Can be run in person. Contact us for details.
Project+ Training Courses, Dublin

CompTIA Project+ Training & Certification

Project+ certification is an internationally recognized standard of project management skills. It validates your skills to lead and build relationships, complete projects on time and within budget.

CompTIA Project+ Certification

Project+ Course topics include:

  • Initiating projects
  • Scope statements
  • Project budgets and schedules
  • Project management strategies
  • Implementing and closing the project
  • Project relationships
  • And much more...

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

CAPM is considered the first level of Project Management certification. If you have less than 2 years’ experience in the industry and want to expand your options, this is an opportunity. Some of the skills which you can acquire through CAPM include - tips that help make project initiation seamless, tracking and execution of projects so that they meet deadlines as well as goals, budgeting and financial management, project team management as well as risk management.

Reccomended course: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Course

Students will learn to apply project management processes acknowledged by the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI)® to successfully plan and execute projects.


PRINCE2 Certification

PRINCE2 is one of the most preferred methodologies in the UK and it have been gaining more and more relevance in Europe and around the world.  Together with foundation, practitioner and professional courses, PRINCE2 certifications legitimise your hold over the methodology, Projects in Controlled Environment.

One advantage is that often PRINCE2 allows practitioners to combine other methodologies too. For example, the combination between PRINCE2 and Agile is a common delivery methodology among most of the companies. In the new version the methodology it’s also completely scalable, which means that it can suit small and large projects.

As one of the most relevant and growing Project Management certification, PRINCE2 it’s already translated into 19 different languages. Project Managers who hold this certification see an average project success rate of 67%. According to, 59% of Project Managers in the market hold a PRINCE2 qualification.

Reccomended course: PRINCE2® Foundation

Learning Objectives

To help you understand PRINCE2® in respect of its:

  • Principles, processes, themes, techniques, and roles for successful project management.
  • Management products that are input and output of the processes.
  • So that you may:
  • Attempt the PRINCE2® Foundation exam with confidence.
  • Begin to apply the method, tailoring it to your project's needs.


Project Management Professional (PMP)

You probably have heard about PMP, this certification is conferred on professionals by the PMI organisation. The PMP exam is probably one of the most prestigious certifications in the market and maybe one of the first ones to gain relevance.

Usually employers looking to hire high-profile managers will look for PMP certification as an item on their candidate's profile checklist. The PMP can also provide a significant advantage when it comes to salary and earning potential. Among survey respondents to PMI’s Earning Power Salary Survey, those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (23% higher on average) than those without the exam.

After all the extensive preparation and exam, the PMP certification testifies your in-depth knowledge in all walks of project management, be it execution based - like time, financials, scope or strategic ones like risk management and end-to-end planning as well as communication.

Reccomended course: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification Preparation

Instructed by real-world PMP® certified practitioners and includes the most current guide, plus a wide variety of learning tools and study aids, all using PMI® terminology.


Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

The Agile Certified Practitioner is also offered by the PMI and it includes different aspects of the Agile methodology, such as Kanban, Lean, Scrum, among others, which means that it will increase your versatility wherever the project you take part. This certification is ideal for organisations that are heavily invested in the Agile methodology or are looking to move into the space.

It is essential in order to achieve your PMI-ACP exam to hold about 2000 hours of general project experience, 21 hours of actual agile practical training and 1500 hours of agile project management.

Reccomended course: Introduction to Agile and Scrum Methodologies

Agile project management is growing in popularity as a method for delivering value quickly. This course presents the tenets of Agile methodologies using the Scrum framework as a primary example to demonstrate the Agile approaches, their benefits, and challenges.


More Project Manager Courses

At New Horizons we run a wide range of Project Manager courses which will lead you to your certification and take your career to the next level.

PRINCE2 Foundation
PRINCE2 Practitioner

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