• Admission closes on 27 May, 2024
  • Program Duration 6 months
  • Learning Format Online Bootcamp

Why Join this Program

UMass Academic Excellence

UMass Academic Excellence

Earn a program completion certificate and become a member of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association

Exposure to Latest AI trends

Exposure to Latest AI trends

Live classes on the latest AI trends, such as generative AI, prompt engineering, ChatGPT, and more

Hands-on Experience

Hands-on Experience

Applied learning through capstone projects, Harvard case studies and simulation exams

Industry Aligned Content

Industry Aligned Content

Earn 146 PDUs for PMI related certifications with 35 contact hours 


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Project Management Certification Overview

This project management certification program will cover strategization and management - project, program, risk, quality, complexity management, customer-centric digital transformation, PMO implementation, and agile and scrum skills; and allow you to earn 146 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for maintaining CCR for PMI certifications.

Key Features

  • Receive Post Graduate Program Certificate and Alumni Association Membership from UMass Amherst
  • 8X higher live interaction in live online classes by industry experts
  • Earn 146 PDUs for PMI related certifications with 35 contact hours and 4 simulation examinations to ace the PMP exam
  • 100% Money back guarantee
  • Live classes entirely delivered by Simplilearn's expert instructors
  • Live sessions on the latest AI trends, such as generative AI, prompt engineering, explainable AI, and more
  • Capstone projects from 3 domains, 4 Harvard case studies, 17 hands-on projects and 15+ simulation exams

Project Management Certification Advantage

This Project Management certification course in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, leveraging centuries of academic excellence and thought-leadership, will help you earn industry-recognized project management certifications.

  • UMass Amherst

    Partnering with UMass Amherst:

    • Receive UMass Amherst certificate of completion
    • Become a member of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association with access to Alumni Networks
    • Upon completion of the program, you will receive a 3-credit elective transfer for UMass Amherst Online MBA
  • Project Management Certificate

    Authorized Training Partner

    • Real-world case studies authored by HBS professors and other top business school educators
    • Analyze business situations and different aspect of managerial decision making
    • Discover new ways to approach and solve business problems

Project Management Certification Details

In this project management certification program, you'll learn the operational and leadership skills required to deliver complex, transformational projects. This project management certificate includes an industry-aligned project and one Capstone project to showcase your skills to hiring managers.

Learning Path

  • This project management course covers new trends, emerging practices, tailoring considerations, and core competencies required of a project management professional. Placing a greater emphasis on strategic & business knowledge, it also includes a new section on the role of the project manager in both large and small companies.

  • This project management course introduces you to the best practices of Agile and the nuances of the Scrum methodology, enhancing your ability to develop and deliver high-quality products. Learn these popular methodologies to maximize business value and mitigate potential risks.

  • This project management course will help you perfect end-to-end project management by mastering the most popular project management tool today. With this MS Project training, you'll get a comprehensive understanding of project planning and scheduling, resource pooling and consolidation, customized reporting, and the latest Microsoft Project features. This will help enhance your ability to manage and deliver complex projects efficiently from start to finish.

  • For a growth-oriented professional who wants to look beyond just project management, implementing a project management office is the next frontier. This course will help you establish a PMO to capture and propagate the best practices in project management. Whether you want to monitor whether the projects are aligned with the strategic objective of the organization, or transition from crisis to Control; the knowledge of implementing PMO gives you an unprecedented advantage over your competitors.

  • This Project Management Capstone will give you an opportunity to implement the skills you have learned during this program. Supported by dedicated mentoring sessions, you'll learn to solve a real, industry-aligned problem. The capstone project is your final step in the learning path and will enable you to showcase your project management expertise to future employers.

  • This project management training course helps you master risk management processes and provides you the structured and objective approach needed to address and manage project uncertainty. You'll learn how to perform a risk planning exercise, master identification and analysis, and control both known and unknown project risks.

  • This project management course will help you hone your skills to manage multiple projects and align program activities with organizational goals without compromising on quality, speed, or efficiency. You will learn the five program management performance domains identified by PMI, including program strategy alignment, stakeholder engagement, lifecycle management, benefits management, and governance.

  • Learn to develop enterprise projects with the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification online program. Aligned to the IASSC exam, this project management certification course integrates the DMAIC and Lean methodologies with case studies to help you acquire the skills required to play a leading role in organizational growth.

  • This project management certification course leverages digital technologies and design thinking—a powerful problem-solving process to transform your business strategies and objectives. You’ll learn how to build a solid action plan, foster customer-focused innovation, and drive a digital culture within your organization.

  • Attend this live online immersive masterclass on Generative AI designed to empower participants with the knowledge and skills to harness its incredible potential. These cutting-edge masterclasses are conducted by industry experts and delve deep into the world of AI-powered creativity, helping you to understand various concepts & topics related to generative AI.

Skills Covered

  • Project Management
  • Agile Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Quality Management
  • Lean six sigma green belt LSSGB
  • Digital Transformation
  • Design Thinking
  • Customer experience design
  • Leadership Skills

Tools Covered

JiramsofficeMicrosoft ExcelDMAIC

Case Studies and Projects

  • Project 1

    ERP Implementation by Bombardier

    Navigate through the challenges of ERP implementation for a large-scale project. Drive major organization transformation while implementing ERP to gain maximum benefit.

  • Project 2

    Good Shepherd Pharmacy Blockchain System

    Design a series of small-scale pilot tests to evaluate the technical, operational, and economic feasibility of a blockchain pharmacy system that will bypass industry middlemen.

  • Project 3

    EVCard Pioneering CarSharing in China

    Through EVCard's journey, a car-sharing business in China, learn about changing market environment, building competitive advantage through rapid learning and product iteration.

  • Project 4

    Era of Quality at the Akshaya Patra Foundation

    Step into the shoes of Muralidhar, the head of quality at TAPF to reduce cooking-to-consumption time as the number of children increases.

  • Project 5

    Capstone 1 Planning for Hypergrowth

    Capture the requirements for creating a launch plan to respond to the massive growth opportunity posed by the pandemic, and perform a risk analysis of possible outcomes.

  • Project 6

    Capstone 2 Agile Scrum for Rapid Innovation

    Create a launch plan for implementing Agile Scrum methodology for development to support continuous rapid innovation.

Disclaimer - The projects have been built leveraging real publicly available data-sets of the mentioned organizations.


Program Advisors

  • Sachin Goswami

    Sachin Goswami

    PMI Authorised Trainer

    Certified PMP with 22+ years in global project management. Led Skill Dynamiks Consulting, now Associate Director at Simplilearn. Expert in diverse life cycles, recognized with awards and certifications. He specializes in managing projects from $100,000 to $50 million budgets.


Become a Project Management Expert

The Global Project Management Software Market is expected to reach at US$ 7 Bn by 2027 at a CAGR of 14.93 % during the period 2019-2027. (source : maximizemarketresearch.com)

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Growth in Jobs of Project Management Profiles by 2024

Source: PMI®
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Estimated for Project Management Professionals by 2027

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Job Icon$66K

Average Annual Salary

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Batch Profile

This project management certificate caters to professionals from various industries & backgrounds; the diversity of students adds richness to class discussions and interactions.

  • The class consists of learners from excellent organizations and diverse industries
    Information Technology - 34%Consulting - 10%Healthcare - 12%Manufacturing - 13%Construction - 10%Others - 21%
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Admission Details

Eligibility Criteria

You must possess one of the first two criteria to enroll in our project management course:

At least 5 years of experience
A bachelor's degree in any discipline
Programming or non-programming background

Admission Fee & Financing

The admission fee for this project management certificate program is $ 3,000. For Admissions and University Inquiries reach out to:bootcamp_admissions@simplilearn.net

Financing Options

We are dedicated to making our programs accessible. We are committed to helping you find a way to budget for this program and offer a variety of financing options to make it more economical.

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Program Cohorts

Next Cohort

    • Date


      Batch Type

    • Program Induction

      31 May, 2024

      08:00 CDT

    • Regular Classes

      22 Jun, 2024 - 29 Sep, 2024

      08:00 - 12:00 CDT

      Weekend (Sat - Sun)

Other Cohorts

    • Date


      Batch Type

    • Program Induction

      24 Aug, 2024

      08:00 CDT

    • Regular Classes

      24 Aug, 2024 - 30 Nov, 2024

      08:00 - 12:00 CDT

      Weekend (Sat - Sun)

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Project Management Certification FAQs

  • You offer money back guarantee, how does it work?

    Our project management training course comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. Simplilearn believes in our highly effective blended learning methodology and its ability to provide learners with the knowledge and confidence to pass the official PMP® Certification Exam in the first attempt. If you do not pass the PMP® Certification Exam on the first attempt, Simplilearn will provide a full refund to you where the term “full refund” mentioned anywhere in this document shall mean the program fee paid by you minus USD 200 or equivalent toward administrative and miscellaneous charges.
    To improve the odds of your success in the exam, we strongly recommend that you take the PMP® Certification Exam within 45 days from the day you complete Simplilearn’s official PMI-PMP training course.


    Time Frame


    Money back


    Within 45 days of course completion

    Did Not Pass

    Full refund

    Refund Process: If you do not pass the PMP® Certification Exam on the first attempt, Simplilearn will provide a full refund to you where the term “full refund” mentioned anywhere in this document shall mean the program fee paid by you minus USD 200 or equivalent toward administrative and miscellaneous charges.

    • To receive a refund, you must request the Help and Support Forum.
    • You must submit a copy of your scorecard along with the date you completed your online classroom training.
    • Simplilearn will refund the program fee within 30 days of receiving all required documentation.
    • We will process the refund using the same method you used to pay for the program.
    • After the refund is issued, you will receive a confirmation via email, and you will lose access to the Post Graduate Program in Project Management, and you will lose your program progress.

    Terms and Conditions:

    • This money-back guarantee applies only to Simplilearn’s Post Graduate Program in Project Management.
    • The guarantee is valid only for those who have paid the full program fee as advertised on Simplilearn’s website.
    • Request for a partial refund of any part of the program fee paid by participants will not be accepted.
    • Simplilearn reserves the right to modify, update the terms and conditions or revoke the money-back guarantee without prior notice.
    • Simplilearn will be the final authority to resolve any dispute arising out of or connected with this guarantee.

    The guarantee becomes void if:

    • Participants do not take the PMP® Certification Exam within 45 days of unlocking the certificate.
    • Participants do not maintain at least 80% attendance in Simplilearn’s official PMI-PMP training as part of the Post Graduate Program in Project Management.
    • Participants fail to score at least 80% in any three available online PMP® simulation practice tests on Simplilearn Learning Management System.
    • Participants do not follow the trainer’s instructions and do not complete the class exercises.
    • Participants do not submit the required documents (scorecard, course completion certificate, proof of PMP exam date) to Simplilearn.
    • Participants fail to request a refund within 15 days of receiving their results.

  • What is a Project Management Certification?

    A project management certification is a qualification awarded to professionals who possess the degree of proficiency in project management as required by the certification provider. The most widely regarded project management authority is the Project Management Institute (PMI). This Post Graduate Program in Project Management, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is aligned with the PMI standards. Along with the certifications from this program, the knowledge gained from it will help you clear various other PMI-related project management certifications as well.

  • What are the benefits of this Generative AI Masterclass?

    These masterclasses are delivered in the form of live virtual sessions by experienced industry experts. This delves deep into the world of AI-powered creativity, helping you understand multiple concepts & topics related to generative AI such as effective prompt engineering, ethical considerations in GenAI and much more. 

    You will gain exposure to the world of Gen AI, some of its practical applications, some of the latest advancements in the field and much more - thus setting you apart from your competitors and helping you stay ahead in your career.

  • Top 10 Project Management Certifications

    PMI's PMP (Project Management Professional) certifications are among the most popular and well-recognized certifications. There are several other project management certifications at various stages in their careers.

    Project Management Professional (PMP)

    A PMP certificate is a must-have for project management professionals. Getting a certificate includes a challenging exam that analyzes your knowledge and abilities. It is crucial to have a strong preparation. There are a number of project management certification available, but the PMP is one of the most popular.

    Best Suited for:

    It is best suited for professionals who have experience managing projects but wish to level up their careers. 

    How to Get Certified?

    To get certified, you must have:

    • At least 36 months of project lead experience with a four-year bachelor's degree. 
    • 35 hours of project management coursework/training or a CAPM certification.


    • 60 months of work experience if you have a high-school diploma or an associate degree. 
    • 35 hours of project management coursework/training or a CAPM certification.

    Once you find yourself eligible, you can apply to take your exam. It consists of 175 questions. Learning from experts helps you clear the exam on your 1st attempt. You can enroll in Simplilearn's Project management certification training course and boost your preparation.


    Non-PMI members: $555 
    PMI members: $405 

    Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

    Another highly reputed option for those seeking project management certifications is Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). This certificate is especially for beginners in the project management niche. Possessing CAPM allows you to highlight your knowledge of crucial project management concepts.

    Best Suited for:

    The CAPM is ideal for project managers who want to prove their expertise, seek opportunities to lead larger projects or add project management skills to resumes.  

    How to Get Certified?

    The exam has 150 questions that are to be answered in a 3-hour duration. To get certified, you must have

    • At least a secondary degree/associate's degree/ high school diploma
    • 23 hours of project management education 

    Once you satisfy the eligibility criteria, you can enroll for the exam. Candidates can use the PMBOK Guide (sixth edition) to learn all the basics of project management. 

    Simplify the learning process and boost your exam preparation with CAPM Certification Training Course. This project management certifications offers in-depth knowledge of concepts, lifetime access to content curated by industry experts, simulation test papers, 24x7 learner assistance and more. 


    Non-PMI members: $300
    PMI members: $225

    Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)

    PMI-PBA is curated for people with a fundamental knowledge of project management. It ensures that you emerge as a project manager capable of handling all the challenges that are a part of working with stakeholders and managing projects. It is one of the best project management certifications. 

    Best Suited for:

    Professionals who desire to level up their specialized knowledge of business analysis.

    How to Get Certified?

    The exam has 200 multiple-choice questions to be finished in four hours. To appear for the exam, you will need at least:

    • A secondary degree– an associate degree/ high school diploma
    • 60 months of business analysis experience
    • 35 hours of education in business analysis


    • A bachelor's degree
    • 36 hours of business analysis experience
    • 35 hours of education in business analytics

    The certification process involves applying, scheduling the exam, and reviewing the handbook. 


    Non-PMI members: $555
    PMI members: $405

    Program Management Professional (PgMP)

    PgMP is for advanced professionals who oversee multiple projects for a program's success and can steer complex tasks across various locations, organizations, and cultures. It is one of the best project management certification.

    Best Suited for:

    Project managers with extensive experience.

    How to Get Certified?

    Obtaining the PgMP requires passing a panel review and an exam. The exam consists of 150 questions on developing relationships with stakeholders, comprehending project risks, and more. 
    To appear for the exam, you must have

    • 48 months of project management experience (or a PMP)
    • A bachelor's degree and 48 months of program management experience in recent 15 years 


    • 84 months of program management experience in the last 15 years with a high school diploma/associate degree.
    • 48 months of project management experience (or a PMP)

    Ace your exam preparation with PgMP certification training and master PMI's five program management performance domains, including lifecycle management, program strategy alignment, stakeholder engagement, governance, and benefits management.


    Non-PMI members: $1,000 
    PMI members: $800 

    Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)

    Prove your competency with PfMP if you have successfully managed an organization's one or multiple portfolios. This is one of the best project management certifications that can help you with your promotion and appraisals. 

    Best Suited for:

    Individuals with portfolio management careers and those who have advanced to executive or senior level.

    How to Get Certified

    The process includes a panel review and a multiple-choice exam with 150 questions. You are eligible for the exam only if you possess:

    • 96 months of business experience in the recent 15 years
    • 84 months of experience in portfolio management with a high school diploma/associate degree. 


    • 96 months of business experience in the recent 15 years
    • 48 months of experience in portfolio management with a bachelor's degree.


    Non-PMI members: $1,000 
    PMI members: $800 

    PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)

    It verifies the risk management skills of advanced professionals. The certificate shows that you are ready to assess and minimize risks for complex projects.

    Best Suited for:

    Experienced risk management professionals

    How to Get Certified?

    The exam comprises 150 questions. You qualify for the exam if you have:

    • A high school diploma/associate degree
    • 36 months of experience managing project risk within the last five years
    • 40 hours of project risk management education


    •  A four-year bachelor's degree
    • 24 months of experience in project risk management within the last five years
    • 30 hours of project risk management education

    Enrolling on PMI-RMP Certification Training will help you outperform competitors and master risk management processes. 


    Non-PMI members: $670
    PMI members: $520

    PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)

    Strategic scheduling is often crucial for project success. PMI-SP validates your capacity to create optimal schedules for teams for complex projects. 

    Best Suited for:

    Project managers who wish to deepen their knowledge of scheduling. 

    How to Get Certified?

    Passing a 150 questions exam is a must to get certified. The prerequisites for the exam are:

    • A high school diploma/ associate degree
    • 40 months of project scheduling experience in the last five years
    • 40 hours of project scheduling coursework


    • A bachelor's degree
    • 28 months in the last five years of project scheduling experience 
    • 30 hours of education in project scheduling


    Non-PMI members: $670
    PMI members: $520

    PMI Project Management Ready

    The PMI Project Management Ready certifications are specially curated for students to introduce them to basic project management concepts and enhance their career with management and organizational skills.

    Best Suited for:

    Students or beginners who want to gain exposure to project management practices. 

    How to Get Certified?

    You qualify for this credential if you are someone who

    • Can read at a seventh-grade level
    • Has basic computer skills
    • Is capable of participating in training programs and taking exams

    Cost: $120

    Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

    Scrum Alliance offers CSPO certifications to actively grow your skills and agile career. These certifications comes with Scrum Alliance membership, which provides access to experts' help, practical how-tos, reserved content, and more. 

    Best Suited for:

    Product owners, business analysts, project managers, team members, and data analysts

    How to Get Certified?

    Complete a CSPO class (at least 14 hours) that suits your needs. Take advantage of your CSPO membership and perfect your product owner skills. 

    The CSPO certification training will help you get certified on your first attempt. The two-day classroom training inculcates the in-demand skills. It strengthens your knowledge of improving product value by delivering product features, leading scrum teams, communicating product ideas, and maximizing project ROI.

    Cost: It varies depending on your CSPO class provider. 

    PRINCE2 Foundation/ Practitioner

    PRINCE2 Foundation is one the choicest project management certifications. These globally recognized certifications are highly sought after by top employers. PRINCE2 offers two major certifications: 

    • PRINCE2 Foundation
    • PRINCE2 Practitioner

    Best Suited for:

    Anybody seeking an opportunity to quickly improve skills and capabilities across key business disciplines and drive strong business performance. 

    How to Get Certified?

    There are no requirements for the foundation exam. The Practitioner exam requires you to pass the Foundation exam (5th or 6th edition). Alternatively, you can opt for any one of the following:

    • Certified Associate in Project Management
    • Project Management Professional
    • IPMA Level A, B, C, or D.

    Cost: The two courses cost:
    Foundation: $200
    Practitioner: $340

    PPM: Professional in Project Management

    The Global Association for Quality Management (GAQM) provides the PPM course. It is a mid-level certifications comprising various project management modules that train you on developing project schedules, handling crises, and motivating teams to perform best.

    Best Suited for:

    Project managers who aim to advance their knowledge and career.

    How to Get Certified?

    • You can enroll for the course and take the exam only if you have:  
    • Completed the mandatory e-course 
    • Some project management experience

    Cost: $300

    Are Project Management Certifications Worth it?

    Professional certifications from the PMI or other institutes shows employers your competency in project management. The certificate speaks on your behalf. Having said that, certifications are not mandatory for your career growth. Still, certifications are closely linked to monetary benefits. For instance, PMP-certified members from the US report an annual salary of $120,000, compared to $95,000 for those without a Project Management Certification. 

    So, get your project management certifications to boost your career, but before that, equip yourself with the knowledge and discipline needed to effectively plan, monitor, execute, and control complex projects in any industry with Simplilearn's project management certifications training programs. 

  • How to Become a Certified Project Manager?

    What Is Project Management?

    According to PMI, Project Management is the use of specific skills, knowledge, techniques, and tools to deliver something of value to people. Developing software for improved business processes, constructing a building, the relief effort after a catastrophe or expanding sales into a new geographic market— are all examples of projects that must be efficiently managed. 

    The changing nature of work due to globalization, technological advances, and other factors demands an increased organization of work around projects with teams of people brought together based on the specific skills needed for a particular task. A project manager leads a project and ensures that a project team meets its goals.

    Who Is a Project Manager?

    A project manager is an individual in charge of planning and executing a project. This person may do any of the following:

    • Develop scopes of work

    • Define project goals

    • Align internal and external teams

    • Build project timelines and dependencies

    • Manage internal and external stakeholder expectations

    • Track key performance indicators (KPIs)

    It’s common for people to “fall into” into the role of a  project manager. This usually happens when motivated team members drive deliverables. And have strong communications skills, enabling them to take on project management duties—merely because they are capable of doing so. 

    Even if you don't have a project manager title, you might have experience driving and delivering project results within a team. Have you planned a cross-functional corporate event, launched a nationwide or global campaign to raise awareness for a cause, or supported and guided the development of an app or podcast and tracked performance? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or have a similar experience, you could have the skills to become an effective project manager. 

    What are the Project Manager Roles and Responsibilities?

    Several variations occur in project management positions across industry lines. However, the general project manager's roles and responsibilities remain the same, including:

    • Planning and developing the project idea 

    • Work with internal stakeholders and external clients to define the concept and create a process 

    • Defining the scope of the project 

    • Creating a team capable of meeting or exceeding client expectations

    • Providing guidance, training or coaching to set up the team for success

    • Keeping honest communication

    • Monitoring project progress and set deadlines

    • Anticipating delays that may occur on the client side

    • Solving issues that arise during every project

    • Mastering the art of cost efficiency to manage the budget 

    • Ensuring stakeholder satisfaction

    • Evaluate project performance on its completion to highlight what went right and what went wrong 

    • Building camaraderie and rewarding team members who performed exceptionally during the project

    How to Become a Project Manager? 

    Typically, there are two main paths to becoming a project manager. You can study project management principles and apply them directly to project management positions. The other option is to take up more responsibilities in your current roles and advance gradually to a leadership position by proving your mettle. Irrespective of the path, considering the following six steps will help you excel in the project management position: 

    Step 1: Acknowledge Your Project Management Skills 

    Have you ever planned, budgeted, led, scheduled, or documented the progress of a project? If yes, you have gained a sneak peek into some elements of project management. Organizing an event, finding ways to make your workplace more efficient, and coordinating with the team for desirable results are some other instances that you might not have thought of as project management at the time, but they added to your capabilities. 

    Those who find themselves efficient in any of the project manager responsibilities mentioned above can consider applying for project management positions. With a combined three years of experience, you will be eligible to apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP) — a doorway to the project management world.

    Step 2: Build & Expand Your Project Management Experience

    If you started in a non-managerial position on a team, your role might gradually expand when you gain industry expertise. It is the right time to take on managerial tasks, sharpen your organizational skills, and learn teamwork. 

    The best way to build project management skills is to look for opportunities in your current role. Whether you are working at an IT firm, a hospital, or a retail store, you will find several tasks that require planning, execution, and improvement when you dive into the culture. Make it a point to volunteer for such an effort. You can also approach your manager with ideas for your contribution, conveying your interest in developing project management experience.

    Step 3: Sharpen Your Project Management Skills

    Developing technical and soft skills involved in project management is a prerequisite to becoming a project manager. The most sought-after project management skills are: 

    • Clear Communication

    • Leadership

    • Risk management

    • Waterfall project management

    • Agile project management

    • Budgeting

    • Scrum

    • Organization

    • Strategic Thinking

    • Decisiveness

    • Delegation

    • Forecasting

    • Problem Solving

    • Stress Management

    The best way to develop these skills is to take courses specific to a subject, enroll for a course, or practice them in your workplace. You must remember that possessing a certification is like bearing testimony to your proven skills. 

    Step 4: Polish Your Project Manager's Resume

    You might possess the experience and skills in the project management industry, but a weak resume can hinder your career path. 

    Taking time out to enhance your resume and stating explicitly every relevant information is the key to getting shortlisted. Here are some tips for creating a stellar project manager resume:

    • Review project manager job listings to discover what companies are looking for.

    • Highlight the qualifications on your resume that match the job requirements. 

    • Add a strong summary statement with your core competencies towards the beginning of the resume to hook the reader and develop their interest in reading further.

    • Use action verbs to describe the tasks you performed in previous roles.

    • Emphasize and quantify the results to catch the reader's attention.

    • Customize your resume every time you apply for a new position. 

    • Consider adding a customized cover letter to stand out from other candidates. 

    Step 5: Begin With Entry-level Positions 

    In addition to gradually working your way up the ladder from within a team, you can also apply for entry-level project management positions if you possess the right skills. Look out for job titles such as: 

    • Project Coordinator

    • Administrative associate

    • Operations Coordinator

    • Junior project manager

    • Associate project manager

    • Operations Associate

    Step 6: Get training To Outshine the Crowd 

    A certification can help you stand out amongst others competing for the project management job. Here are a few you can consider:  

    You can also enroll for Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) if you are looking for an entry-level position. Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrum Master certification (CSM) are popular credentials for those with 3+ years of project management experience. 

    Project Manager Job Description 

    When looking for project manager jobs, you will come across project manager job descriptions enlightening the eligibility criteria, roles and responsibilities, and the required core skills. 

    Here is a sample software project manager job description for an IT firm:

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Three years of experience in project/program management

    • Possess a high-level understanding of computer programming languages

    • Experience in the software development cycle or Agile methodology

    Roles and Responsibilities

    • Manage the software development projects

    • Facilitate sprint releases

    • Recommend upcoming software trends 

    • Check the software projects periodically. 

    • Evaluate performance and provide updates

    • Work closely with Software Engineers, Product Managers, Quality Analysts, and other engineering teams to provide high-quality products and features through the software project lifecycle.


    • Clear communication

    • Ability to manage project schedules

    • Identify possible issues

    • Knowledge of Google Cloud

    • Ability to analyze processes and identify opportunities for improvement

    • Collaboration: cross-functionally and globally 

    • Ability to keep up a high velocity in a fast-paced environment

    A project manager job description holds immense value in your job search and preparation. You must scan the project manager job description for the following:

    • Keywords that you would include in your resume: These are the skills and qualities that the position seeks. Adding them to your resume makes it ATS-friendly and helps you catch the employer's attention. 

    • Qualifications: The qualifications section tells you whether you have a high or low chance of qualifying for the job. 

    • Areas that require preparation: The job description gives you a complete idea of what the project management position entails. You can prepare for your interview accordingly. It can also help you decide whether you require to upskill yourself to bag the opportunity. 

    Is Getting Certification Required?

    While certification as a project manager can help you stand out in the crowd, it's not a requirement. However, according to results from the PMI Earning Power Salary Survey, those with a PMP certification earned 20% more on average than those who were not certified. Because two-thirds of the project manager workforce act as consultants, you have the option to choose the projects you want as well as the certification level you need to stay competitive. 

    How Do I Know Which Certification Is Right for Me?

    There are two standard project manager training: the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification and the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. As of March 2018, almost 29,000 project managers worldwide have earned CAPM certification, while more than 833,000 project managers hold a PMP certification.

    The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification is open to all experience levels and is designed to help entry- to mid-level professionals upskill in a field of work. As an applicant, you must have a high-school diploma and at least 1,500 hours of project management experience, or have completed 23 hours of project management coursework before the exam. The exam includes 150 multiple-choice questions you get three hours to complete it.  To remain certified, you must pass the exam every five years.

    The Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is for individuals who have more experience in a project manager role. Applicants must have a four-year degree and at least 4,500 hours of project management experience. This experience includes leading cross-functional teams to deliver projects on time, leveraging available resources, and maintaining a budget. The PMP certification test contains 200 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within four hours. Additionally, all certified individuals must earn at least 60 professional-development credits every three years.

    Is Training Available to Help Me Prepare for Certification Exams?

    If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, certification can give you the credentials top employers look for when hiring project management professionals. 

    Simplilearn provides both CAPM Certification Training and PMP Certification Training Course to help learners stay abreast of changes in the industry, better understand new and emerging trends, and gain business development and strategic acumen.

    Simplilearn’s CAPM Certification Training provides 11 hours of high-quality learning and two simulation exams. It gives beginners an overview of core project management philosophies and a deeper understanding of the five process groups and ten knowledge areas prescribed by the PMI. PMP Certification Training goes one step further with an advanced 36-hour instructor-led training, as well as seven simulation tests and a series of industry-based case studies and scenarios.

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