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What recommended certifications or credentials should I earn to build upon my recent PMP certification for project manager positions or my resume?


Don Bowker, PMP, MAE Oak Harbor, WA

Are there any recommended further certifications or programs such as SAP, ERP, Scrum, Agile, Microsoft Project, etc. that might be useful to have a fundamental knowledge of or have as a credential on a resume as I transition? I recently earned the PMP certification and desire to build upon my recent PMP certification over the next year. I am interested in pursuing a project management position in Business Solutions & Development, Aerospace and Defense, or Consulting. Thank you.

25 June 2015 4 replies Education & Training



Carmelo Carbonara New Hyde Park, NY

Looks like you have excellent credentials. You may want to add strong excel and word skills....

Although I haven't seen it, I would work on the resume and focus on the industry or industries that you are interested in. Online media is one means of networking but just as important (if not more) are in-person meetups, networking events and job fairs.

Certifications are a plus; but candidates with industry experience AND certifications are highly sought after. The first section of your resume should be a quick summary list about you and what you are adept at, are passionate about and any community interests you may have (charities, causes etc)

Good Luck

3 August 2015 Helpful answer


Robert Jung Houston, TX

Wonder if you have tried:

28 June 2015 Helpful answer


Joe Paschall Madison, AL

You cand spend a lot of time and effort pursuing and attaining certs but the key is to know exactly what you want to do and focus certs relevant to that. If you want to pursue Business Development there really are no certs relevant. For Project/Program Management, the PMP is the coin of the realm. Because I was initially in GIS Program Management when I got out, my first certs were PMP, then GISP (specific to GIS, useless otherwise), then Six Sigma Green Belt (wider utility and gave me 25 PDUs for PMP re-cert), then PgMP (next above the PMP - just for the heck of it). In my next position I moved more into IT so got Security+ (applicable to networks), ITIL Foundations (general IT management), Agile Certified Scrum Master (round out the IT with an Agile cert), then Scrum Fundamentals Cert (just because it was - and is- free and offered 10 PDUs for PMP).

Most of the certs you mentions are specific to IT and would not be helful otherwise. PMP and SSGB have wider applicability. If you want to go into IT, it is good to cover the bases with the PMP followed by something from the ITIL family, something from the network family (Net+, Sec+, CISSP), and something from the Agile family (PMI-ACP, SFC).

25 June 2015 Helpful answer


Brian Parlett Evans, GA

ASNT Level III certifications.

1 July 2015 Helpful answer

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