Is it really worth it to become Project+ certified.?

javbjavb Posts: 4Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Is it really worth it to become Project+ certified.?

I'm an IT professional, working with multiple projects and i would like to get real and good knowlegde about Project Manager.

What i want to know about the Project+ cert is:

- Is it really good?
- Is it a valiable cert in the job market? Or employers just look for the PMP cert?

Thanks.

Joel.

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  • bradtechonlinebradtechonline Posts: 63Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I have not seen Project+ on any job requirements.. I found the Sybex book a good read... I think it will help you.. I can honestly say I have used some of the knowledge I got from the book when I am writing out Project plans, and emailing them to others.. I break them into Phases described in the book, and associate documents in the certain phases..
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  • mamonomamono Posts: 776Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I have been considering sitting and reading up on Project+ certification, but not because I need the certification though more so for preparation for PMP.

    http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/AboutPMIsCredentials.aspx

    This PMP certification is the industry recognized project management certification. I would use the Project+ as a precursor study in preparation for PMP studies. Then again, it doesn't hurt to have both.
  • astorrsastorrs Posts: 3,139Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    mamono wrote: »
    I have been considering sitting and reading up on Project+ certification, but not because I need the certification though more so for preparation for PMP.

    http://www.pmi.org/CareerDevelopment/Pages/AboutPMIsCredentials.aspx

    This PMP certification is the industry recognized project management certification. I would use the Project+ as a precursor study in preparation for PMP studies. Then again, it doesn't hurt to have both.
    Use the CAPM instead, it's perfectly in line with the PMP requirements and I've seen it mentioned in job postings before (I have never seen Project+).
  • Russell123Russell123 Posts: 1Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    i use the project Manager its really work good and user friendly
    Russell
  • Hyper-MeHyper-Me Posts: 2,059Banned
    the material for Project+ is terribly dry, too.

    I'm not sure how anyone could do this for a living. It must be the money?

    Definitely "to each their own"
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  • ZartanasaurusZartanasaurus Posts: 2,008Member
    astorrs wrote: »
    Use the CAPM instead, it's perfectly in line with the PMP requirements and I've seen it mentioned in job postings before (I have never seen Project+).

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  • bwcartybwcarty Posts: 422Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    If you want to be a full time PM, get the PMP. If you just want to familiarize yourself with project management, Project+ isn't too bad, but it's dry and isn't going to get you any recognition or money.
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  • astorrsastorrs Posts: 3,139Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Hyper-Me wrote: »
    the material for Project+ is terribly dry, too.

    I'm not sure how anyone could do this for a living. It must be the money?

    Definitely "to each their own"
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  • eMeSeMeS Posts: 1,875Member
    javb wrote: »
    Is it really worth it to become Project+ certified.?

    I'm an IT professional, working with multiple projects and i would like to get real and good knowlegde about Project Manager.

    What i want to know about the Project+ cert is:

    - Is it really good?
    - Is it a valiable cert in the job market? Or employers just look for the PMP cert?

    Thanks.

    Joel.

    In the US and Canada the top dog cert in the PM world is the PMP. In Europe and the rest of the world it's the PRINCE2 certifications.

    The most valuable thing that you can get in the PM world is experience managing projects. It sounds as if you have that. The next best thing you can do in the PM world in the US is to get a PMP.

    The PMP is woefully easy.

    Don't be fooled, mine actually is the PiMP. It's a much tougher cert to get and I will pimp slap you.

    MS
  • Strat_Strat_ Posts: 6Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hi,

    I agree with SM regarding Prince2 and PMP, I never see any job requirement with P+ but some with Prince2 and a some other with PMP (so senior management job).

    In my point of view I think that's better to focus on Prince2, what I will do once I'll get my ISO 27002.icon_study.gif
  • sbtdesignssbtdesigns Posts: 1Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I have never seen any employer of potential job position demand this certification like they do CompTIA A+, Networks+ or Server+. Project+ is a solid introduction to project management. The Study Guide is well written and concise. Earning this certification may help indicate your experience and qualifications to a potential employer if they even know what this certification is. Otherwise, the value of this certification is questionable.
  • booboybooboy Posts: 1Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I am in the process of studying this material now for WGU and this is hands down one of the most BS certifications I have ever had to attempt for. This is just pure memorization of terms and principles according to CompTIA and PMOK. I will not be putting this on my resume after I complete the certification, this is solely so I can pass my IT major at WGU. I cannot relate to any of the terms and processes that have been introduced and do not think this is the way that projects should be managed. Each project is different, so each person will need to have a flexible approach with how they manage people and the project in general. There is no way I am going to apply these stock principles and terms to a project if I am ever going to be managing it.

    This is just my opinion, everyone is entitled to their own.
  • GessGess Posts: 144Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I was lucky enough to sit for Project+ when it was $50 and proctored at home through ProctorU.

    I have a Masters degree in PM, and the exam is an accurate depiction of the doctrine of PM. The PMBOK is dry and everything derived from it is dry.

    It also has the benefit of being a lifetime certification. I'm happy to have it for what I paid, and I typically list it last on my resume. Just a reminder that I might know something more than just ones and zeros.
  • ITSpectreITSpectre Posts: 1,040Member
    Its not to be honest with you.... My issue with CompTia is they want to have a cert for everything, but they are "filler" certs. Project+, Cloud+, Linux+, the Health cert... are all fillers. No one is asking for them, and they are not listed under requirements for jobs. So really there is no ROI in getting this filler cert. My friend just got her PMP and she never sat for the Project+ let alone knew what it was. If you want to learn about project management there are many resources here and online, plus you can buy a PMP book and study it as well as find some youtube videos and other videos that will help you pass the PMP....

    Skip Project+ and go for the PMP if project management is where you want to go.
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  • OctalDumpOctalDump Posts: 1,722Member
    EDIT: Just realised this post is from 2009. OP is probably either a successful PM, or retired.

    It depends on your local job market what certification employers might be looking for. If you can talk about your experience and qualifications in an interview, and go a bit deeper, then whether they were looking for it or not, you can have an advantage.

    Project+ is mostly derived from PMBOK, which is what the PMI CAPM and PMP come from. Project+ is first steps. It has no entry requirements. This makes it good for someone without any other PM education or without sufficient experience to take the CAPM or PMP. The CAPM requires education OR experience, the PMP requires both.

    If you feel confident and have the PM education/experience, then go straight for the CAPM or PMP.

    The PMP is very popular, but isn't the only game in town. If you want a PM career, then you should look at more than PMBOK and PMP. Prince2 is also useful in that it integrates well with ITIL. Agile, Scrum, Kanban and Lean methods are definitely worthwhile, particularly for IT PM. PMI does have an Agile certification, but strangely it is presented as an adjunct to PMP. It also has an experience/education requirement.

    Having a variety of PM tools, frameworks and methods, allows you to choose the best tool for the job. Importantly, once you have a deep understanding, you can adapt methods to be more effective and efficient. Being able to talk to this in a job interview is what will make you stand out from the other candidates who have lead x projects worth y dollars and are PMP certified.

    If you are seriously serious, there are also Master's degrees in Project Management.
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  • NavyMooseCCNANavyMooseCCNA CCNA R&S, ITIL, Security+ ZZ9ZZAPosts: 543Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Hyper-Me wrote: »
    the material for Project+ is terribly dry, too.

    I'm not sure how anyone could do this for a living. It must be the money?

    Definitely "to each their own"
    I did project management for years and never bothered with most of the PMI crap. I honestly did what felt right. I fell into project management and never got any training on it. I looked at the PMP material at one point and wasn't impressed; way too much memorization.

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  • joshuamurphy75joshuamurphy75 Senior Member Posts: 162Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'm only going for it because it's part of the degree plan at WGU. I'd rather be studying Cisco, VMware or Juniper.
  • yoba222yoba222 Posts: 1,064Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Not to offend any alumni but IMHO the Project+ is artificially relevant because of the way it is bundled into the WGU curriculum. Haven't formed an opinion on how this influences the relevance of the CEH and the CCNA Security. Again, no offense to those that put the study time in towards those and towards WGU.
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  • Deus Ex MachinaDeus Ex Machina Posts: 127Member
    As someone who got Project+ as his first cert last year, I can confidently say that...it may or may not help. Personally, I got offers from every company I applied to for internships (3/3) and I only had this cert at the time. I don't believe the cert was the main reason that happened, though it was a talking point during interviews. It won't guarantee success, but helps a lot when other college students don't even know what different certifications are, let alone have them.

    Here's how I look at it. If you're a college student reading this and looking for a cert to help you stand out from the pack, Project+is actually a good option, especially as your first cert.

    The first cert is oftentimes the hardest one, and Project+ is pretty tame compared to any of the technical certs I've gotten and continue to study for. If you are sold on project management/ business analyst, then go for it, get the cert instead of trying to get A+, getting frustrated, and then quitting, giving you net 0 certs. Always start with what is most realistic first, and then go from there. I've seen way too many people burn themselves out from not being realistic with themselves, when baby steps would have gotten them where they wanted to go.
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  • ThePawofRizzoThePawofRizzo SSCP, A+, N+, Sec+, CySA+, Cloud+, CWTS Posts: 389Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    ..... it was a talking point during interviews. It won't guarantee success, but helps a lot when other college students don't even know what different certifications are, let alone have them.

    Here's how I look at it. If you're a college student reading this and looking for a cert to help you stand out from the pack, Project+is actually a good option, especially as your first cert.

    The first cert is oftentimes the hardest one.....

    I think your advice is reasonable. I'm back in college working on a second BS, this time in IT, and many of the young students are a bit in the dark about certifications, as I would expect. It's not a bad idea if you're a new IT student to consider getting a couple or few basic certs to set yourself apart from the pack of just graduated IT students. And the first cert can be pretty tough, just because it's a new experience. I took A+ nearly 20 years ago when I was new to IT, and it was intimidating since I'd never taken a cert test before. So, an IT student should try one some time, and working on one like Project+, which is moreso general theory than other certs, may not be a bad idea.
  • TriggeriousTriggerious CompTIA A+, Net+, Sec+, ECES, Rapid7 NCA KentuckyPosts: 21Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    It is a bit of left field, however, WGU also caters to new IT folks and working with ANY technology is bound to end up somewhere in a project, so having at least a light understanding of PM is great. I'm coming in from the top down where I've done the PM thing and will be taking the P+ soon through WGU. I'm finding courses like the CIW stuff less relevant than P+. At least with P+, you can guarantee that you'll be involved in a project somewhere along your career/life. The CIW stuff would be great if I were going for developer, website admin, etc. I'd much rather be learning code-scripting patterns/analytics, other blueteam-esque type things that do apply to security. I mean, most places will have their own website admin/developer and I doubt will rely on their Cyber team to code their site.
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