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PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. From LinkedIn This is an extract from a recent post of mine in a LinkedIn discussion group. Thought some of you here might be interested. The question asked was this: which certification option best represents the holder’s skills, knowledge and abilities as a Project Manager? Full … Read more

Designing a Certification Program: How to Certify (1)

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. I’ve left this for last since it is the hardest issue to address. In fact, I have several books on my shelves that cover how to assess competence, so trying to answer that question in a few hundred words does seem more than a bit presumptuous. … Read more

Designing a Certification Program: Why Certify?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. This might sound like a simple question to answer, but it really isn’t. There are many possible reasons: Because individuals want a credential that will help them get a new or better job. Because individuals want something to brag about. Because hiring managers want a tool … Read more

Defining a Certification Program: Where to Certify?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. There are three aspects of “where” that all have to do with marketing considerations. The first aspect is, of course, geographic coverage: local, national, international, or global? The broader the coverage, the greater the expense. In addition, trying to offer a product or service globally also … Read more

Designing a Certification Program: When to Certify?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. In looking at when to certify, we are not addressing season or time-of-day. We are looking at in a project manager’s career to certify. In this case, we went along with Jacqueline Susann and decided that once was not enough. Our first certification, for the very start of a … Read more

Designing a Certification Program: What to Certify?

PM Certification commentary by William Duncan, IPMA-USA Certification Director. We’re looking at the who, what, when, where, why, and how of designing a project management certification program. In this post, I’ll focus on WHAT to certify. The options pretty much all fall into one of the following six categories: Specific skills? Potential? Experience? Attitudes? Competence? … Read more