How valuable will be PRINCE2 certification if PMP certification has already been acquired from PMI?

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 - Job Application, project management, Qualifications


Rani asks: How valuable will be PRINCE2 certification if PMP certification has already been acquired from PMI?

In answer:
A great technical question, the answer to which is – depends! Also for the non-project managers, Prince2 is a process, where as PMP is a professional level recognition.

PMP and the PMI is not as well recognised presently by either hiring managers or HR professionals, as is a Prince2 certification. Also, if the hiring organisation is sub contracting to another main or prime contractor, the eventual client or prime contractor will often stipulate that all work is in accordance with Prince2. To hence fully comply and reduce insurance liabilities, the organisation will only hire Prince2 certified professionals for certain/some times all positions.

I think you should build into your career plan Rani the target of acquiring a Prince2 qualification, and in the mean time apply for posts where the experience of delivery in a particular technology you have experience are the higher level job description requirements, over pure technical/educational certificates. Certainly a Prince2 certification will open up more opportunities in your further career.

Good Luck!

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