Lots of people working in project management, program management, and business analysis ask me which certification they should get. There are at least ten different options from the Project Management Institute (PMI®), the International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA), and various agile and Scrum organizations. Professionals are struggling when trying to decide which designation will be most beneficial and appropriate for them.
Which Certification Is Best?
For a professional to decide which certification program to pursue, personal analysis is required. How much work experience do you have in the chosen profession? What are your career aspirations? How much time are you willing to invest in achieving this recognition? Will your organization pay for exam fees and study materials? If you are looking for a new job, which designation will generate the most interest in your resume and bring you the most interviews?
At RMC we have been observing the evolving roles of project managers and business analysts for over 20 years. Currently we’re seeing more and more merging and overlap of the responsibilities of these fields. Most professionals are expected to be able to perform their own work in addition to acting as a “generalizing specialist” as defined by agile—a person who has expertise in a particular area (e.g., business analysis), but who can also do other work (e.g., software testing). Traditional project managers are now expected to run agile projects, and many business analysts are being placed in ScrumMaster and product owner roles. These hybrid roles necessitate a broader approach to learning than a single, focused, specific certification. This fact has prompted RMC to offer a multidisciplinary designation, the RMC Fellow’s Certificate™.
RMC Fellow’s Certificate™ Program
Our Fellow’s program provides knowledge and skills in a variety of areas, requiring each recipient to undergo fundamentals training in at least two of three different disciplines: project management, business analysis, and agile practices. This training will provide a fundamental understanding of the different types of work and specific techniques used by each discipline. It will allow you to operate in any of these assigned roles and work well with others who may not have the same breadth of knowledge. In addition to the fundamentals, you will be able to choose from numerous skills-based courses to build your competencies and broaden your ability to operate effectively in these hybrid roles. When you complete our certification process you should feel better prepared to step into any new assignment and be productive immediately. None of our projects or assignments are straightforward or easy, or follow a predictable pattern. A knowledgeable professional understands the fundamentals of how to analyze and think critically to assess each assignment and decide which tools and techniques will best apply. They have the ability to imagine a successful project, plan the appropriate approach, and outline the steps to get it done. They understand the importance of clarifying roles and responsibilities with other team members to assure all details are addressed. This is an RMC Fellow! Click here to learn more about the program.
“PMI” is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. RMC Project Management has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). As a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), RMC Project Management, an affiliate of RMC Publications, Inc., has agreed to abide by PMI-established quality assurance criteria. IIBA® is a registered trademark owned by International Institute of Business Analysis. This trademark is used with the express permission of International Institute of Business Analysis.
My passion for critical thinking and providing business value drove me to help define the business analysis profession. The business analysis profession is made up of individuals who excel at evaluating problems, identifying possible solutions, and assessing costs and benefits before recommending a change. As an early IIBA® member, I worked on the development of a worldwide standard for business analysis, the BABOK® Guide. I continue to volunteer with the IIBA mentoring, writing, presenting, and promoting the organization and its principles.