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8 Most Recognized Project Management Certifications

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

For every successful project there is someone who takes care of the big picture, he plan, organize, integrate the pits and pieces of the project work and make the project a whole, he focuses and raises attention of the team towards the project objectives and goals that must be met for the project success, he sails the project ship in the windy sea till reach the safe harbor, he orchestrate all project players to make the symphony, we call him the project manager.

From creating a new product or service to creating a new result, dealing with software or hardware, or a new construction even winning the election for presidency, from creating the next blockbuster movie to winning a war!, all the newly created and not repeated endeavors or outcomes with the probability of failure can be called a project, and to make sure that thing will go fine and the outcome will be reached there must be a project manager who know what it take to make it right.

We all born with gifts and as we grow we learn skills, to be a project manager there are some skills must be acquired, you can learn these skills and the certification credentials will be the proof, Project management Certification highlights your abilities as a project manager, it raises your chances for your next promotion, it help you earn higher salary, as per PMI salary survey, PMP certification holders' salaries are up to 25% more than non certified project managers.

Certifications testify that a certain skills, knowledge and abilities are met, some certifications demanding some education perquisites, and some of them require contentious education points in order to be maintained and valid. The curriculum of the certifications are designed and updated by the most knowledgeable members of the community of project managers, these curriculum includes the basic skills needed for a people, task, time and resources manager, it highlights best practices and leverages lesson learned from successful and failed projects.

Whatever you choose form the comparison below make sure it matches your industry and the types of projects you run, here you find 8 of the best and most recognizable traditional and agile project management certificate in the market.

1. PMP

Project Management professional, it is provided PMI (Project Management Institute) the most recognized professional organization for project management in the world it is a non-profit professional organization established in 1969, PMP holders exceed 1 million in Feb 2020. As per the latest Project Management Salary Survey Eleventh Edition provided by PMI, PMP certificate holders report higher median salaries than those without a PMP certification a 22% higher on average across the 42 countries surveyed.


  • 4,500 hours leading and directing projects for a 4 years degree holder, and 7500 hours for a secondary degree holder

  • 35 hours of project management education

Exam fees: $405 for PMI member (membership costs $129) and $555 for non-members

Validity: 3 years and renewal fees of $150


Certified Associate in Project Management is an entry-level certification for project practitioners. it is also provided by PMI, designed for those with less project experience, the CAPM is intended to demonstrate candidates' understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology, and processes of effective project management, CAPM holders exceed 42K in Feb 2020


  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent)

  • 23 hours of project management education

Exam Fees: $225 for PMI members, $300 for non-members

Validity: 5 years, then you must retake the exam

3. ACP

Agile Certified Practitioner, another PMI certification that formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. PMI-ACP is a fastest growing certification, Organizations that are highly agile and responsive to market dynamics complete more of their projects successfully than their slower-moving counterparts—75 percent versus 56 percent—as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession report. there was more than 34K ACP holder by Feb 2020. The PMI-ACP spans many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.)


  • Secondary degree

  • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices

  • 12 months of general project experience within the last 5 years

  • 8 months of agile project experience within the last 3 years

Exam Fees: $435 for PMI members, $495 for non-members

Validity: 3 years, and renewal fees of $130

4. CSM

Certified Scrum Master, provided by along founded in USA in 2001, with 2 higher level certificates A-CSM CSP-SM and other scrum product owner and scrum developer certificates, according to Wikipedia there are near 1 million holder for all Scrumalliance certificates, all are around scrum team competency.


  • Attend a live online or in-person course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST®), or receive private coaching from a Certified Agile Coach (CAC).

  • After successfully completing the course, you will need to accept the License Agreement, take the 50 question CSM test, and answer 37 out of the 50 questions correctly within the 60 minute time limit

Exam Fees: Included in course fees

Validity: 2 years, $100 renewal fees for CSM


Professional Scrum Master I, II, III, Provided by founded in USA in 2009, with nearly 321K holder for PSM I, provide other certificates for scaled scrum and Kanpan.

Requirements: None for PSM I

Exam Fees: PSM I $150, PSM II $250, PSM III $500

Validity: Lifetime


Prince 2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environment) originated and most recognized in UK in 1996, and has 4 certifications: Prince 2 Foundation, Prince 2 Practioner, Prince 2 Agile Foundation and Prince 2 Agile Practioner with more than 1.5 million holder for all Prince 2 certificate holders.

Requirements: None for Prince 2 foundation, But for Prince 2 Practitioner a proof of one of these certification is required (Prinece 2 Foundation, PMP, CAPM, IPMA level A,B,C OR D)

Exam Fees: PRINCE2 Foundation $760, PRINCE2 Practioner $875

Validity: Lifetime for PRINCE2 Foundation, 3 years for PRINCE2 Practitioner

7. CompTIA project+

a certificate offered by Computing Technology Industry Association a nonprofit trade association offer certification in core technologies, infrastructure and cybersecurity

Requirements: None, but at least 12 months of cumulative project management experience or equivalent education is recommended

Exam Fees: $329

Validity: Lifetime


International Project Management association, originated in Netherlands and founded in 1979, with 4 cascaded levels A/B/C and D, with over than 250K certification holder.

Requirements: None, but knowledge in the Competence Elements (CEs)  related to project management is tested in the exam.

Exam Fees: $595 for IPMA D

Validity: 5 years, $395 renewal (IPMA D)

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