Project Management Certification: Finding The Right Track For You

Watermark Learning provides the critical training and related resources to ensure you and your organization receive the full benefits of certification and credentialing, including:

  • Demonstration of a professional level of project management capabilities in principle and practice
  • Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management
  • Increased confidence by employers when hiring project managers

There are two types of certifications available to Project Managers: Industry Credentials, which are primarily knowledge-based, and Academic Certification, which is a blend of skills training and theory.

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Which track is right for you?

Industry Credentials
Name: PMP®, CAPM®, PMI-PBA®
Awarded By: Project Management Institute
Experience Needed, PMP: A PMP candidate, with a four-year college degree, must have at least 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of formal, project management-related education.

A PMP candidate, without a four-year degree, must have at least 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of formal, project management-related education.
For more details, visit the PMI® Website.
Experience Needed, CAPM: A CAPM candidate needs 1,500 hours of professional experience on a project team, or 23 hours of project management education. For more details, visit the PMI® Website.
Experience Needed, PMI-PBA: A PMI-PBA candidate, with a four-year college degree, must have at least 4,500 hours of business analysis experience, including 2,000 hours working on project teams, and 35 hours of formal, business analysis-related education.

A PMI-PBA candidate, without a four-year degree, must have at least 7,500 hours of business analysis experience, including 2,000 hours working on project teams, and 35 hours of formal, business analysis-related education.
For more details, visit the PMI® Website.
Steps to Credential: Application process and a 4-hour, 200-question exam
Best For: Experienced PMs looking to demonstrate their experience and competence in the field of project management.
Academic Certification Credentials
Name: Masters Certificate and Associate Certificate in Project Management
Awarded By: Watermark Learning / Auburn University
Experience Needed, PMP: No previous experience required.
Experience Needed, CAPM: No previous experience required.
Steps to Credential: Masters: successful completion of 3 required courses and 3 elective courses.
Associate: successful completion of 2 required courses.
Best For: Anyone, with any level of experience, interested in making project management their career or seeking to broaden their knowledge or experience in the discipline of project management.



Why choose Watermark Learning?

Unlike other training companies and academic establishments, business analysis, project management, and business process management is our only focus. Our instructors are PMP and CBAP® certified and use real-world examples and proven techniques to make your time spent in class immediately relevant and applicable on the job. Watermark Learning is a PMI Registered Education Provider and stays very involved with PMI to keep up-to-date on issues affecting the profession. Having contributed to the PMBOK® Guide, we provide our students with unique insights. Our students tell us again and again how happy they are with their experience at Watermark Learning, and we think you will be too!