Looking for ways to distinguish yourself from the competition?
Whether you are looking at becoming a more valuable and sought after project team member, or would like to be a career project manager capable of taking on large and complex projects, WCP can help you obtain the knowledge and skills you need. We can also help you achieve the project management professional designations and the appropriate University level project management certification, that will distinguish you from the competition.
PMP and PMI-ACP Designations
To be considered for a project management position, many organizations now require the appropriate Project Management Institute (PMI)® professional designation.
What professional designation(s) are organizations looking for? For most organizations, it is the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation. To achieving a PMP® designation, one must have prior project management experience, a minimum of 35 hours of formal project management training, and must pass an exam which is based primarily on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
Another project management designation that organizations are looking for, is the PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® designation. As the name suggests, this designation is specific to the practice of project management in an agile environment. While there are many agile certifications available, the PMI-ACP® designation has the credibility of the Project Management Institute (PMI)® behind it, as well as being “methodology agnostic” — demonstrating knowledge and understanding in the practice of agile project management rather than the application of a specific methodology for practicing agile. While some agile designations require little more than attending a two or three-day course, to earn the PMI-ACP designation, participants must have hands on experience in the application of agile project management, a minimum of 21 hours training in agile project management, and must pas the PMI-ACP exam. This level of rigor, together with the backing of PMI®, is what makes the PMI-ACP designation the Agile designation of choice.
WCP offers courses designed to help you prepare for and pass the exams required to achieve these project management designations. To find out more about these designations, click on the following:
PMP (Project Management Professional)
PMI-ACP (PMI – Agile Certified Practitioner)
CAPM* (Certified Associate in Project Management)
* The CAPM® designation is therefore designed for those who do not have sufficient project management experience to qualify for the PMP designation. WCP recommends this designation for people starting their careers, but not necessarily for people transitioning to project management after a long career in another area.
University Level Project Management Certificates
By taking courses WCP offers in association with the University of Waterloo, you can earn one of the following University of Waterloo project management certificates:
- University of Waterloo Project Management Certificate
- University of Waterloo Advanced Project Management Certificate
- University of Waterloo Advanced Agile Project Management Certificate
Who is the University of Waterloo Project Management Certificate for?
While the PMP and PMI-ACP exams are highly recognized, and are often a prerequisite for a career in project management, only an academic understanding of project management is required to pass the exams and achieve these designations. As a result, there is no guarantee that someone with either of these credentials is able to apply even the most basic of project management techniques.
The scope and depth of project management topics covered in our three university certificate programs, however, go well beyond that required to achieve the PMP and PMI-ACP designations. By making extensive use of experiential learning techniques, realistic project scenarios, group exercises and discussions, participants go well beyond the theory and are prepared to apply, and benefit from, the learned techniques on the actual projects in which they are involved. When paired with the appropriate PMI project management designation, having a University of Waterloo project management certificate tells clients and perspective employers that you are more than simply a “paper project manager”, it tells them that you understand and can properly apply the tools and techniques of project management!
Obtaining a University of Waterloo project management certificate is therefore appropriate for anyone who wants to go beyond the piece of paper, and learn what it takes to excel in project management. For organizations, hiring someone with a University of Waterloo project management certificates means you are hiring someone who understands project management, and will make a difference where it counts!
Other Certification Standards
Many of our courses are also certified by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), and qualifying courses can be used towards earning Special Industry Credits towards your CCA Gold Seal Certification.
Project Management courses with the Gold Seal Certification logo next to them qualify towards Gold Seal Certification.