Why are Project Management skills important and where can these skills be obtained?

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When reaching for IT and Business success, crossing the finish line takes top priority.  Due to this fact, project management has become an extremely important career path.

Author of three different books on project management, Sid Kemp, said, “In American business, growth is associated with the ability to lead other people…If you demonstrate an ability to lead teams, you’re on your way to being an IT project managers can write their own ticket at a lot of companies.”

But why do IT professionals find project managers so important?

  • IT project are constantly getting more and more complex
  • The emphasis is placed on teamwork and communication skills
  • A greater need to meet budgets and deadlines
  • The pressure on top executives to deliver results

IT Professionals who lack project-management skills may find it difficult to complete their duties in a timely fashion, leading into embarrassing mistakes if not outright chaos.  And in today’s business world, the consequences could be serve.

“We have to demonstrate some basic project/task management ability or someone else will do it for us.”According to CEO of CaseySoftware, D. Keith Casey Jr. “Currently that could mean outsourcing, offshore or not, or it could mean replacement.”

With the increased attention to IT projects, All of the members working on the project need project management skills, not just the project managers and the team leaders.  While its best for the team members to rely on the project manager to keep the overall projects on track, each individual must be responsible for their own work.

“It is essential that everyone on a project team have core project management skills,” said Kemp.  “The core of project management is self-management, which leads to highly productive work.  With these core skills, each person can define deliverables clearly, estimate their own work time and then deliver on time.  Then the entire team can build a realistic project schedule and deliver as promised.”

Now, you may be asking yourself, “I know how important project management is, but how do I acquire these skills?”  That is where we can help.  Here at New Horizons Tampa Bay, we are offering a Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Preparation course starting June 17th, 2013 and ending June 21st, 2013.  The class will run from 9 AM to 5 PM at our training facility located at 5402 W Laurel Street, Tampa Florida, 33607.  If you would like more information about our PMP Class or any other technical training, give us a call at (813)387-3500.

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification Preparation class will give you the education will give you the opportunity to either the CAPM certification or the PMP certification.

PMP:

Who should apply?

The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.

PMP Eligibility Overview

To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

    OR

  • A four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.

This is an overview of the requirements. For complete details regarding the PMP eligibility requirements, please view the PMP Handbook for further details.

If you do not meet the PMP eligibility requirements, you may want to look at the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

CAPM:

Who should apply?

If you’re a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects and earn additional responsibility, and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM certification is right for you.

CAPM Eligibility Overview

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma or the global equivalent)

    AND

  • At least 1,500 hours of project experience

    OR

  • 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.
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