Are you a successful project manager looking for that next challenge? Do you want to advance your IT career to the next level? Perhaps you're just looking for a new credential to boost your resume? Then CompTIA Project+ Certification could be for you!
Project management is a challenging, rewarding career that could take you far, and the CompTIA Project+ Certification could give you the edge you need over other prospective candidates. CompTIA offer a range of vendor-neutral certifications in the IT sector that are globally-recognized, and companies such as Apple, Dell and Xerox require various members of their IT department, including technicians, network professionals and security experts, to have some form of CompTIA certification. Being vendor-neutral gives you a broader scope of the available software, hardware and middleware used by IT professionals, which gives you more range when you apply for work. CompTIA recommends candidates have at least one year of experience working in the field of project management, however formal candidate requirements are ultimately determined by the schools that teach the program, and baseline standards can vary. For more information on the prerequisites to join the CompTIA Project+ Certification program, please contact your preferred institution.
Through the course, you will learn many of the skills necessary for a career in project management. CompTIA Project+ covers the entire project management process, from project initialization and setup, to planning and scheduling, and finally to execution, control and closure. Throughout the preparation course, you will learn the skills of quantitative and qualitative analysis, and how to use these skills to appropriately allocate resources, control costs, manage risks, ensure quality and calculate earned value. You will also learn the technical skills required, such as creating project charters, scoping documents, planning documents and other forms of documentation that you will then learn to use to communicate the project management process to your clients and colleagues. On top of this, you will also learn essential human resource skills, as managing a wide variety of people is a large part of the project management profession. This includes learning to comply with organizational and legal requirements (which could, for example, include unions and guilds), manage human resources (including appropriate time scheduling and person specification) and resolve conflict.
You may study in a variety of ways, most commonly through a community or technical college, or via self-study, for which CompTIA offers a range of instructional material, including course books and even educational DVDs. At the end of your preparation, you will sit one exam, and must pass in order to gain the credential. Topics on the exam may include:
Candidates must answer 100 questions in the course of a 90-minute exam, and pass with a score of 710, on a scale of 100-900. Unlike some CompTIA certifications, once you have passed the test, you will be qualified for life.
Project management consists of four main fields: budget control, quality control, risk management and leadership. It is a demanding role, requiring numerous skills to be put to work simultaneously, but for the right candidate, it can also be a very rewarding career.
First and foremost, you must have excellent people skills. This is not just important because you will be in charge of others, who will look to you to organize their time and correct problems as they arise, but also because you will need to communicate your strategy to your client or company, effectively detailing for them how your project will work, how it will benefit them, and how long it will take. Your communication skills will also come in handy when producing the extensive documentation any project will require, detailing any action you will take, how you will use your resources, why you have chosen a particular strategy and what effect you predict it will have.
You must have confidence with people and numbers, being able to handle both your human resources and the allocated budget for a project, ensuring you do not make mistakes with your calculations of either time or available financial or human resources. You must have an excellent grasp of the task at hand, and be able to predict the most common problems you may stumble across, as well as planning a solution, should those errors occur. Overall, you will be in charge, so you must feel ready to take on a challenge if you think this is the career for you. However, if you've ever felt like you just want to be the boss, project management could be the ideal career!