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Project Management Education in Latin America

COMMENTARY

By Ana María Rodríguez, MSE, PMP

Senior Contributing Editor 

Rosario, Argentina

Latin America is a growing region, and during times of international economic crisis it has shown that economies are stable and have attracted investments. Local governments are also making important developments, all these leads to a growing amount of projects in the region. Project Management practices are in demand, and interest in the profession is growing. This is demonstrated by the growth of membership to project management associations in the region and the amount of educational programs offered in the topic.  According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), Latin America is one of PMI’s fastest-growing regions in terms of Chapters, members and credential holders.  PMI membership in the region represented 0,75% of the worldwide membership in 1997, and now represents 5,8% of all PMI members in the world.

As PMI representatives have mentioned to PM World Journal, the need for project management training and education is reflected in the number of PMI Registered Education Providers that are currently active in Latin American regions.  There are 136 active R.E.Ps, which reflects an 80% increase from 2002 to 2012. This follows the growing demand for Project Management training in the world, where today, 6,000+ institutions are offering thousands of courses and there are more than 800 degree programs specifically in the subject.

So it is a fact, the demand in training is growing in Latin America. What types of institutions are offering this training? Which standards are been taught? What programs are available? What are students looking for when joining these programs? What are the challenges being faced in the region? This issues will be will be analyzed on this article as an intent to get a better picture of PM education in the region.

Which institutions are offering PM training in Latin America?

Ms. Liliana Buchtik, who was PMI representative for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2010 to 2012, has a first-hand insight of what happens here. As she has explained to PMWJ, “In general, PM training in the region is first offered by training companies and then universities include it in their offer, both as courses in their degree programs of engineering, architecture and in some cases in social studies, and are also offering training programs to obtain the Certificate Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP)® credentials”.

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About the Author

ana-maria-rodriguezflag-argentinaANA MARIA RODRIGUEZ 

Senior Contributing Editor

Rosario, Argentina 

Ana Maria Rodriguez  is founder and manager of ERA Project Management, offering training and consulting services in Argentina. She is also an adjunct professor of project management at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario. Colombian by birth, Ms. Rodriguez graduated with a Civil Engineering Degree from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota, Colombia and from the University of Texas at Austin, USA with a Masters Degree in Construction Engineering and Project Management (MSE).  She also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Ms Rodriguez has implemented Project Management best practices and managed projects both in the government sector and in the engineering and construction private sector. Ms. Rodriguez was part of the Board of Directors of the PMI Buenos Aires Argentina Chapter (PMIBA) for several years, and is an active volunteer there. She is also founding member of PMI Nuevo Cuyo Chapter. Ms. Rodriguez welcomes contact at [email protected], also at www.erapm.com.ar