Project Management and Business Analysis Certifications to Consider in 2011

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Here I am sitting at my kitchen table thinking about how very many new standards and certifications there are to keep everyone busy in 2011, myself included.  The APMG, PMI and IIBA all had a very busy year in 2010 s producing a wonderful set of new certifications for project managers and business analysts to acquire in 2011.  Let’s have a look at some of them.

APMG

The APMG had a very busy 2010 and added a number of interesting and relevant standards and certification to their current stable of stuff. I am (as you know) a tremendous fan of PRINCE2® for project management.  In addition to addressing program management, ITIL® MSP® and management of risk, here’s a summary of what’s new for you to consider learning about and pursuing in 2011. First up is the Earned Value Management guidance providing project managers with a structured approach to planning, cost collection and performance measurement by integrating project scope, time and cost objectives and establishing a baseline plan for project performance measurement.

Their new Agile Project Management guidance is a great compliment to being an EVM master. It targets the needs of folks working in a project-focused environment who want to be Agile and apply the DSDM Atern approach. It helps you deliver agile projects for organizations requiring project management standards, rigor and visibility combined with the fast pace, change and empowerment of agile methods.

PMI

PMI has also had a busy year and has developed a new estimating standard that project managers should find quite helpful.  The Practice Standard for Project Estimating should be available starting on January 1, 2011 but you can place an advanced order in the PMI bookstore for your copy.  PMI has also launched their Registered Consultant Program (RCP)  for people who manage projects, programs or portfolios as a consulting firm. PMI is accepting applications for this designation right now via their website. The resulting directory of consulting providers will be available during the first quarter of 2011.

IIBA

IIBA successfully rolled out their Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA) certification in 2010. This certification targets less experienced business analysis practitioners who want formal recognition of their business analysis expertise and skills but cannot qualify yet to sit the CBAP exam. 

Well, that’s all I can think of at the moment, although I am sure there are a few certifications, guidance documents and standards that I have overlooked!  There are a number of certifications out there now focusing on more strategic business areas, such as OBASHI, Management of Value (MoV) and CHAMPS2. I have not addressed them here as my focus is more on the project managers and business analysts out there getting the tactical work completed.

For an overview of how Learning Tree can help prepare you for many of these sought after certifications, visit our Professional Development page.

Happy 2011! May you find the right standard, guidance document or new certification to add some spice to the coming year!

Susan Weese

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