7 PMO Manager Certifications That Are Useful for Your Career in 2022

By Meidiana Apriliani | Published On: 4 January 2022
7 PMO Manager Certifications That Are Useful for Your Career in 2022

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a PMO? You can try these 7 PMO manager certifications to encourage a positive impact on your career in 2022.

What is PMO?

According to the PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition, a Project Management Office (PMO) is defined as an organizational structure that standardizes project-related governance processes and facilitates the sharing of resources, methodologies, tools, and techniques. Its role is basically to provide the needed support for one or more projects. The role of this PMO can be found in specific departments that are aimed at achieving project objectives. The PMO can also be formed as a separate entity from the organization, although not at the executive level. The PMO will no longer play a role after the project it supports ends. However, it should be noted that members and their infrastructure can join forces to serve other projects as co-PMOs.

Still from PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition, the main function of the PMO is to support the work of the project manager in various ways such as:

  1. Make recommendations
  2. Lead knowledge transfer
  3. Terminate projects
  4. Take other actions, as required
  5. Managing shared resources across all projects administered by the PMO
  6. Identifying and developing project management methodology, best practices, and standards
  7. Coaching, mentoring, training, and oversight
  8. Monitoring compliance with project management standards, policies, procedures, and templates by means of project audits
  9. Developing and managing project policies, procedures, templates, and other shared documentation (organizational process assets)
  10. Coordinating communication across projects, and many more. 

7 PMO Manager Certifications That Are Useful For Your Career

1. PMP (Project Management Professional)

You know, the PMP Certification is one of the oldest and most well-known project management certifications to date. PMP by PMI (Project Management Institute) was first launched in 1984. PMP is in the top 10 in the 2015 edition of the Certification Magazine Salary Survey (PMI.org). Of which, respondents in this survey reported an average salary of around £50,000 (approx Rp973 million).

Being appointed as one of the most prestigious project manager certifications is certainly not without strong reasons. In fact, project managers who wish to take certification are required to have at least 3 years of practical experience in project management. This calculation includes a minimum of 4,500 flight hours leading a project. In addition, prospective participants for this certification are also required to take a minimum of 35 hours of project management education classes before being able to take the PMP certification exam. If you haven’t had at least 4 years, there will be more stringent requirements pending previous experience.

How is PMP exam going?

In this PMP exam, participants will answer 200 multiple choice questions in about 4 hours. The participants must answer all the existing questions because the weights of all the questions are the same and there is no negative score for wrong answers. To pass, participants must obtain an answer score that is really at least 75%. However, PMI itself does not officially announce what the minimum score is to pass this certification.

If successful in receiving a pass notification, the participant will monitor PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional behavior. Later, this certification will be valid for 3 years which can then change again.


2. PRINCE2 (Project in a Controlled Environment)

Apart from PMP, there is the PRINCE2 certification (Projects In Controlled Environments) which already has wide popularity around the world. If you are someone new to a project manager who is new to the industry, or an aspiring project manager and requires credentials in the industry, then this one certification will be ideal for you to try.

Handled by AXELOS, PRINCE2 certification has several levels, namely PRINCE2 Foundation, PRINCE2 Practitioner, and PRINCE2 Professional. The methodology used in certification is quite unique and different from that of the PMP which emphasizes basic and general knowledge of project management. Following this certification will be very beneficial for you to get PMP certification.

How is PRINCE2 exam going?

When taking the PRINCE2 certification exam, participants will observe 70 multiple choice questions with 5 trial questions. The time given is about 60 minutes. To be able to pass this exam, participants must get at least 35 correct answers from the 70 questions tested or 35/70.

3. PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)

If you are responsible for risk management in your company, or maybe you are a project manager who focuses on project risk management, then trying this certification will be very useful for your career as a PMO manager. This PMI-RMP certification will hone your skills in identifying and assessing project risks, reducing threats, and taking advantage of opportunities that arise.

How is PMI-RMP exam going?

To take this certification, you must have a high school education degree, 24-36 months of project risk management experience in the last 5 years, up to 30-40 hours of project risk management education. In this certification exam, participants will be required to complete 170 multiple choice questions in 3.5 hours. To maintain the PMI-RMP, you must obtain 30 professional development units (PDUs) in risk management topics every three years on a regular basis.

4. CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)

Another popular project manager certification is CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management). Launching from PMI Today, it was said that in June 2019 there were around 39,120 owners of CAPM certificates around the world. Designed for entry-level project managers, the CAPM certificate has a lower level of difficulty than PMP. In other words, the CAPM certificate is ideal for project managers who still have minimal experience in the field but still want to get more value through credentials.

How is CAPM exam going?

Just like PMP certification, CAPM certification also does not officially announce the minimum score participants must get to pass. However, the CAPM encouraged the participants to be able to get a correct answer score of at least 70% of all the existing questions. The number of questions in this certification itself is 150 questions with multiple choice types. To complete it, you will be given 3 hours.

5. CSP (Certified Scrum Professional)

Slightly different from the previous one, CSP (Certified Scrum Professional) is a special certification for scrum masters. Yes, CSP is a leading certification that demonstrates that the recipient has extensive knowledge and experience of Scrum, both practical and theoretical.

To receive CSP certification, you are not required to take an exam like the previous 3 types of certification. Instead, you must successfully complete 3 preceding entry-level credentials: Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and Certified Scrum Developer (CSD). In total, participants who want to get CSP certification must have at least 70 Scrum education classes attended and 36 months of managing Scrum, all of which were submitted in the last 5 years. Interested in trying it?

6. Certified Manager Certification (CM)

CM is a professional credentialing program that verifies your ability and competence in performing management. CM certification is earned if you reach the educational eligibility, experience, and passing requirements of a series of three assessment exams in this CM program. You can use this CM certification to show credibility as a PMO manager in the company you manage.

7. Project +

In the fifth position, there is a project management certification called Project+. Project+ is the only project management certification offered by CompTIA and is considered the ideal certification for new project managers or aspiring project managers.

Although this certification is considered a fairly straightforward entry-level exam, it is recommended that participants have at least one year of experience participating in or managing small or medium-sized projects (this kind of project size is preferred). If the participants do not have this experience then they should at least have a suitable project management education.

How is Project+ exam going?

In this Project+ certification exam, participants will be asked to answer 100 questions. The time given to complete this exam is approximately 90 minutes. To succeed in obtaining this certification, Project+ encourages participants to get at least 70 correct answers out of the 100 questions tested.

Apart from the 7 PMO manager certifications above, there are many other interesting and useful certifications for you to try. Such as AXELOS, ITIL, and IPMA certifications. So, have you decided what certification to take to develop your career as a PMO manager?


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