The Differences between a Project Management Certification and a Training Certificate



By Jerry Ihejirika




It has come to my notice that most persons who are interested or are practising in the field of project management (PM) tend to confuse or interchange a PM training certificate with PM certification. They are not the same thing and all present and future project management practitioners should understand the difference. Also, most PM trainers, tutors and coach have been at fault at these as they have often failed to inform their trainees or students that what they would receive at the end of their training is a PM training certificate and NOT a PM certification.

Now, let me share the differences:

  1. Anyone can receive a PM training certificate but not anyone can receive a PM certification as it requires some very important criteria.
  1. A project management training certificate can be earned after completing your project management training, while a project management certification requires passing a professional examination from a recognised body. You can also earn a PM certification by achieving some certain competence or experience level in the field of project management.
  1. Project management training certificates are issued by educational institutions (excluding universities and polytechnics), while project management certifications are issued by a third-party, PM standard-setting organisation such as the PMI USA, APM UK or the IPMA.
  1. You can list your PM training certificate on your resume or curriculum vitae under the Education category but a PM certification is more of a designation that’s usually placed after one’s name. Example: Jerry Ihejirika, PMP, ITIL, PRINCE2, MoR, Level D. (As at the time of the writing this article, Jerry Ihejirika has not obtained any of those PM certifications, but he has a bachelor’s degree in project management technology).


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About the Author

pmwj23-jun2014-Ihejirika-AUTHOR PHOTOJerry Ihejirika

Lagos, Nigeria

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Jerry Ihejirika is a project management graduate (BTech) and blogger. He’s passionate about project management and blogging.

Jerry has published several insightful articles on project management, social media and career development. He’s also working towards establishing an Initiative (PM for Africa Initiative) that will help in creating more awareness, promoting and advancing the best practice of project management in Africa.

You can connect with Jerry Ihejirika through his blog at http://jerryihejirika.com/.”

To see more works by Jerry Ihejirika, visit his author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/jerry-ihejirika/