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Credentialing Opportunities


James Taylor Poulsbo, WA

I am looking for assisstance in narrowing down which professional credentials I should pursue before I transition out of the Navy. I would like to be an Operations, Production, or Training Manager after my transition. I have looked at the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) website which lists recommended credentials that best relate to the job I perform in the Navy. The credentials listed are Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB), Certified Manager (CM), Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), CompTIA Project+, and Project Management Professional (PMP). I am looking for a professional's advice for which one of these credentials I should prioritize first, and discover any other credentials that are not listed that would benefit me in becoming an Operations, Production, or Training Manager.

18 September 2018 4 replies Education & Training



ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi James,

Good question. I highly recommend visiting our Community page, clicking the advisor tab, and sorting by expertise >> project management. Feel free to send a few direct messages to folks on there who have years of experience in the project management field, and likely plenty of exposure to all of the certifications you listed. Those professionals should be able to guide you in terms of what sort of certification is best/most useful, and how to prioritize obtaining them. Also, if you sort by location in addition to expertise, you might be able to find individuals in your area who can tell you where the best place might be to pursue your certifications.

I hope this is helpful!


18 September 2018 Helpful answer


Karen Galecki Chicago, IL

From the certifications in that list, the ones my clients seem to value most are the PMP and the Six Sigma.


Rex Conger Gilbert, SC

On the list of priorities I would encourage Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (ICBB). This has been around for quite a few years and is considered to give individuals a "leg up" also if you have not yet completed a Masters - that should also be on your list.

Best Wishes



All Of your suggestions may be worth while.


If you want really valuable and widely recognized credentials, go to Law School and get a J.D. and Bar membership. That will open up doors in an extensive range of Senior Management positions that you may not know exist

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